Foundation Program

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Foundation Program
With Kadam Michelle Gauthier
Tuesdays 6:30pm – 8:30pm

The Foundation Program is a study program for those who wish to study Buddhism in a more in-depth and structured way.

We strongly encourage students coming to Kadmapa Meditation Center Phoenix to attend the General Program classes on Sunday mornings, Monday evenings or Wednesday evenings first, before committing to the Foundation Program.


Class Format: Each class includes prayers, meditation, teaching and paired discussion. Classes meet on Tuesdays 6:30pm – 8:30pm.  Current Schedule

Location: Kadampa Meditation Center Phoenix 614 E. Townley Ave Phoenix, AZ 85020. Located two streets south of Dunlap and one street west of 7th Street.
Registration: The cost is $65/month. It is necessary to enroll  for this class,  please register with our Foundation Program Coordinator at
You are welcome to attend two classes before committing to join. Each trial class is $10. As a FP Student, you will be able to attend all General Program classes and weekend retreats at the Center free of charge. You will also be able to receive other discounts for other events.

What is Foundation Program?

The Foundation Program is a unique structured study program that enables us to gain an experience of Buddhist teachings with a deeper understanding and to develop a regular meditation practice. It is ideal for those who have an introductory understanding of Buddhism and who wish to learn more. We meet each week during term times, and have regular term breaks and a longer break in the summer. Students are requested to enroll for a section of the text and commit to attend all the classes, as well as try to go to a puja (chanted meditation) and General Program class.

Read a transcript of Geshe Kelsang Gyatso’s  teaching on the Foundation Program here:  Geshe Kelsang’s Foundation Program Transcript

Benefits of Foundation Program

Through regular teachings, meditation, systematic study and group discussion, the Foundation Program offers deep support for your spiritual life. In essence, it is the same training followed by spiritual practitioners in an unbroken lineage dating back to Buddha Shakyamuni. Its special quality is that we can gain authentic experience without abandoning our modern lifestyle. By studying on this program we will gain great confidence in meditation – from basic techniques for overcoming our everyday problems, to practices leading to unsurpassed happiness and permanent inner peace.

How to Enroll

If you are interested in joining FP, or if you just want to find out more about the study program, please call (602)243-5220 or email Michelle Bales at

The Texts:

The Foundation Program is for those who wish to deepen their understanding and experience of Buddhism by engaging in the systematic study of six essential Buddhist text.


Joyful Path of Good Fortune – A commentary to Atisha’s Lamrim instructions, The Stages of the Path to Enlightenment. By studying Joyful Path, we gain the ability to put all Buddha’s teachings of both Sutra and Tantra into practice. We can easily make progress and complete the stages of the path to the supreme happiness of enlightenment. From a practical point of view, Lamrim is the main body of Buddha’s teachings, and the other teachings are like the limbs.

universal compassion
Universal Compassion – A commentary to Bodhisattva Chekhawa’s Training the Mind in Seven Points. By studying Universal Compassion, we gain the ability to integrate Buddha’s teachings into our daily lives and solve all our human problems.

The New Heart of Wisdom
– A commentary to the Heart Sutra. Through studying Heart of Wisdom, we gain a realization of the ultimate nature of reality. By gaining this realization, we can eliminate the ignorance of self-grasping which is the root of all our suffering.


meaningfulMeaningful to Behold – A commentary to Shantideva’s Guide to the Bodhisattva’s Way of Life. When we study Meaningful to Behold, we learn how to transform our daily activities into the Bodhisattva’s way of life, thereby making every moment of our human life meaningful.

How to Understand the Mind
– A detailed explanation of the mind, based on the works of the Buddhist scholars Dharmakirti and Dignaga. By studying Understanding the Mind, we understand the relationship between our mind and its external objects. If we understand that objects depend upon the subjective mind, we can change the way objects appear to us by changing our own mind. Gradually, we shall gain the ability to control our mind and in this way, solve all our problems.

8 stepsEight Steps to Happiness
– A commentary to eight beautiful verses that comprise one of Buddhism’s best-loved and most enduring teachings, Eight Verses of Training the Mind. Composed by the great Tibetan Bodhisattva, Langri Tangpa, this short poem shows how we can transform all life’s difficulties into valuable spiritual insights.

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