Progress on Your Spiritual Journey
with Gen Kelsang Tenzin
Foundation Program Membership Classes
Deepen your understanding through systematic study, practice, and support from your teacher and fellow students.
Please get in touch if you are interested
in a Foundation Program membership!
The Foundation Program (FP) gives you an opportunity to deepen your understanding and experience of Buddha's teachings through the systematic study of six texts
by Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso Rinpoche.
Subjects and Texts Covered in Foundation Program
The Stages of the Path to Enlightenment, based on the commentary Joyful Path of Good Fortune
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
Current Text and Class Time
Foundation Program is offered in-person only. For those who live more than one hour away or who have a physical disability that prevents in-person attendance, a modern correspondence course is available.
What to Expect
Each class begins with group prayers and a guided meditation based on the subject being studied. During class, the teacher will read from a section of the current text and give commentary. It is requested that you read the upcoming section before class to familiarize yourself with the material. An exam is given either at the conclusion of the text or at the end of a section of the text.
In order to gain the most benefit from Foundation Program, a weekly commitment to attend classes is required. Please watch the replay if you miss a class. We ask that you commit to at least a six month membership and/or the completion of the text you are studying. Our center also offers free weekly and monthly pujas (chanted prayers). Please make an effort to attend at least one weekly puja. Pujas are an important part of our spiritual practice, allowing us to connect with holy beings and receive powerful blessings.
In addition to your Foundation Program class, you will have access to General Program classes (currently Sunday Morning Meditation Class) and discounts on workshops. With the support of our resident teacher, sangha friends, and your joyful effort, you will have a rare and precious opportunity to gain deep spiritual realizations.
Foundation Program Membership is offered with at least a six month membership and/or the completion of the text you are studying. The monthly fee for Foundation Program is $80.
Gen Kelsang Tenzin is an American Buddhist monk and the resident teacher at Compassion Kadampa Buddhist Center. He has taught Kadampa Buddhism extensively throughout the United States for over 20 years. Gen Tenzin has a great depth of understanding of Buddha’s teachings and shares them with warmth and humor, making them clear, practical, and accessible for everyone.