Foundation Program

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The Foundation Program (FP) is designed for students who have gained a basic understanding of Kadampa Buddhist practice and are interested in pursuing a formalized and committed study program. 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. By studying on this program we shall gain great confidence in meditation – from basic techniques for overcoming our everyday problems to practices leading to unsurpassed happiness and permanent inner peace.


If you have been attending the General Program classes for a while and feel you want to deepen your meditation practice you may be interested in joining FP. Please email us if you would like more information or are interested in trying out a class for free.

Five Subjects

The program comprises the following five subjects, based on Buddha's Sutra teachings and their corresponding commentaries by Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso:

  • The Stages of the Path to Enlightenment, based on the commentary Joyful Path of Good Fortune
  • Training the Mind, based on the commentaries Universal Compassion and Eight Steps to Happiness
  • The Heart Sutra, based on the commentary The New Heart of Wisdom
  • Guide to the Bodhisattva’s Way of Life, based on the commentary Meaningful to Behold
  • Types of Mind, based on the commentary How to Understand the Mind

FP in Safety Harbor

with Greg Goodman
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Safety Harbor FP meets Tuesdays 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm.

This term we are studying How to Understand the Mind by Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso. It offers a deep insight into our mind and shows how an understanding of its nature and functions can be used practically in everyday experience to improve our lives. Learn how to recognize and abandon states of mind that harm us, how to replace them with peaceful and beneficial ones, and gain experience with fourteen profound meditations that comprise the Buddhist path to enlightenment.

FP in Tampa

with Kadam Michelle Gauthier
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Tampa FP meets Mondays 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm.

This term we are studying Joyful Path of Good Fortune by Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso. We all have the potential for self-transformation, and a limitless capacity for the growth of good qualities. But to fulfill this potential we need to know what to do at every stage of our spiritual journey. In Joyful Path of Good Fortune we find a clear and comprehensive explanation of the entire path to enlightenment. Learn step-by-step all of Buddha's teaching in the order in which they are to be practiced—leading us to lasting inner peace and happiness.