Mondays in Guelph @ AKBC • 6:30 PM – 9pm

Foundation program imageWe are studying The New Heart of Wisdom – the commentary to the ‘Essence of Wisdom Sutra’ (the Heart Sutra).  Through studying this commentary,  we can gain a realization of the ultimate nature of reality. By gaining this realization, we can eliminate the ignorance of self-grasping – the root of all our suffering.

A new term of Foundation Program begins on Monday 20 April. We will be studying the Lamrim – the stages of the path to Enlightenment – the hidden meaning of the ‘Essence of Wisdom’ sutra.

If you have been attending our drop-in meditation classes, you will be familiar with the Lamrim teachings. Now is a wonderful opportunity to gain deeper insight with wisdom arisen from listening, contemplating and meditating on the Lamrim teachings in this structured program. The Foundation Program has been designed by Venerable Geshe Kelsang to provide perfect conditions to gain deeper experience  of the Lamrim teachings.

You are invited to sit in on the Foundation Program class at any time.  Contact Kim at for more information and links to the class.

The New Heart of WisdomOur study program – the Foundation Program (FP) is an in-depth program designed for people who wish to deepen their understanding and experience of Kadampa Buddhism through systematic study of essential Buddhist commentaries by Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso Rinpoche.  This study program was designed by Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso Rinpoche as a means to facilitate the development of our unlimited spiritual potential. This class is a perfect opportunity to engage in discussion and meditation with fellow students. Anyone can join and experience the great benefits of being part of this regular study program. As a result of systematic study, meditation and discussion, we can improve our good heart, our wisdom, and our cherishing of others by going deeper into our study and meditation practice.

Through regular teachings and meditation, systematic study and group discussion, the Foundation Program offers the same training followed by spiritual practitioners in an unbroken lineage dating back to Buddha Shakyamuni. In this way we can gain authentic experience of the Dharma while still maintaining our contemporary lifestyle.

Who Can Join Foundation Program?

Please note that this is not a drop-in class; however, you are welcome to sit in on any class at anytime.  To enrol, you will need to become a Foundation Program (FP) member of the centre. With a Level Two Membership you are entitled to attend FP and all classes, workshops, retreats and courses held at the Centre free of charge (excluding special events). Or you can sign up with an FP Only Membership.

If you’re interested in attending a trial Foundation Program class, please contact

Correspondence Classes Available

As long as we are live-streaming classes, you can join our FP classes from anywhere. When physical classes begin again, you will be welcome to move to correspondence classes and receive the recordings online. This is a great opportunity for those who wish to join the live classes but live away from the Centre to get involved. Contact for more information.

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