Study Program – Foundation Program (FP)

Our 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 as 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.

Who Can Join Foundation Program?

Please note that this is not a drop-in class; however, you are welcome to come and sit in on any class at anytime.  To enrol you will need to be a Foundation Program member of the centre which will entitle you to attend FP and all classes, workshops, retreats and courses that are held at the Centre.  If you’re interested in sitting in on a Foundation Program class, please contact education@akbc.ca.

Correspondence Classes Available

Do you live somewhere in Southwestern Ontario and have difficulty making it to Guelph or London on a weekly basis for the class?  Foundation Program classes are available online to correspondence students. Contact education@akbc.ca for more information.

Sundays in Guelph @ AKBC • 10:30 AM – 1 PM

study programFP is held weekly in Guelph @ AKBC on Sunday mornings from 10:30 am  – 1 pm with the Resident Teacher, Kelsang Kunden.

We will be studying the book The New Eight Steps to Happiness by Geshe Kelsang Gyatso –  a commentary to the Eight Verses of Training the Mind by Bodhisattva Langri Tangpa. As a result of studying this book, we will discover that that even the most difficult situations can be transformed into opportunities for spiritual development. In addition, we will develop greater concentration through systematic meditation practice. Finally, we will improve our compassion and wisdom by engaging with these beautiful teachings and putting them into practice in our daily life.

Foundation Program Schedule (Guelph)

August 26 (part of Lamrim Retreat)

September 9 (Open House), 16, 30

October 14, 21, 28

November 4, 18, 25

December 2, 16, 23

Regular classes begin Sunday 9 September with an Open House class. Everyone is welcome to attend the Open House. We will begin with the Chapter “Great Compassion”.

Monday Evenings in London @ Unity of London • 6:30pm – 9pm

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Joyful Path of Good FortuneFP is held weekly in London @ Unity of London on Monday evenings from 6:30pm – 9pm with the Resident Teacher, Kelsang Kunden.

We will be studying the book Joyful Path of Good Fortune by Geshe Kelsang Gyatso.  As a result of studying this book, we gain the ability to put all Buddha’s teachings of both Sutra and Tantra into practice. We can easily make progress on and complete the stages of the path to the supreme happiness of enlightenment. From a practical point of view, the Stages of the Path is the main body of Buddha’s teachings, and the other teachings are like its limbs.

@Unity of London
501 Nelson St, London ON

Foundation Program Schedule (London)

September 10, 17, 24

October 1, 15, 22, 29

November 5, 12, 19, 26

December 3, 10, 17

Regular classes begin Monday 10 September with an Open House class. Everyone is welcome to attend the Open House.