Study Programs


Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso has designed three special Study Programs for the systematic study and practice of Kadampa Buddhism that are especially suited to the modern world: the General Program, Foundation Program, and Teacher Training Program. There are three reasons why we need to study and practice the teachings of Buddha:

  • To Develop our Wisdom

    If we do not strive to develop our wisdom, we shall always remain ignorant of ultimate truth – the true nature of reality. Although we wish for happiness, our ignorance leads us to engage in non-virtuous actions, which are the main cause of all our suffering.

  • To Cultivate a Good Heart

    If we do not cultivate a good heart, our selfish motivation destroys harmony and good relationships with others. We have no peace, and no chance to gain pure happiness. Without inner peace, outer peace is impossible.

  • To Maintain a Peaceful State of Mind

    If we do not maintain a peaceful state of mind we are not happy even if we have ideal conditions. On the other hand, when our mind is peaceful we are happy even if our external conditions are unpleasant.

What's Coming Up...

Sep
26
Wed
12:00 pm Lunchtime Meditations
Lunchtime Meditations
Sep 26 @ 12:00 pm – 12:30 pm
Walking into the Kadampa Meditation Center with it’s eight-foot Buddha statues and serene environment, you’ll instantly feel welcomed and at peace. But how can we take that peace with us? Let our teachers lead you through guided meditations that help you relax, overcome your anxieties, and learn to cherish others with your naturally-abiding good heart.Sometimes we need to cancel a ...
6:00 pm Florence AL – Introduction to Me...
Florence AL – Introduction to Me...
Sep 26 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
With Kadampa Meditation Teacher Bonita McCay. Learn or refine your meditation skills with this highly qualified meditation guide! All are welcome. Just drop in…no advance registration needed. Please call (256) 412–5734 if you need any additional information. Class Fees: ° General & Foundation Program Members: Free ° Benefactors: Free ° Non-Members: $7 per class Please see our Membership page at ...
6:30 pm Transform your Life through Medi...
Transform your Life through Medi...
Sep 26 @ 6:30 pm – 7:00 pm
Walking into the Kadampa Meditation Center with it’s eight-foot Buddha statues and serene environment, you’ll instantly feel welcome and at peace. But how can we take that peace with us? Let our teachers lead you through guided meditations that help you relax, overcome your anxieties, and cherish others with your naturally-abiding good heart.Sometimes we need to cancel a class due ...
Sep
27
Thu
9:30 am Morning Meditations
Morning Meditations
Sep 27 @ 9:30 am – 10:15 am
Open your your mind and find refreshment in this morning meditation. Harness the power of your mind to create inner peace. Bring your sense of inner stillness with you as you head out to work, school, childcare or whatever your day holds.Hosted by Gen Kelsang Mondrub, American Buddist monk and resident teacher at Kadampa Meditation Center Georgia.Sometimes we need to ...
7:00 pm Huntsville Meditation Class
Huntsville Meditation Class
Sep 27 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
With Kadampa Meditation Teacher Yingji Wang. These ongoing drop-in classes are designed so that you can join us at any point in the series and not feel left out. Each class contains a brief meditation, a short teaching and discussion. Each series lasts for a few weeks, before switching topics. Everyone welcome!Find more information online.Class fee° General & Foundation Program Members: Free° Benefactors: ...
7:30 pm Going Deeper: Timeless Buddhist ...
Going Deeper: Timeless Buddhist ...
Sep 27 @ 7:30 pm – 8:45 pm
This class is perfect for those looking to explore the deeper concepts of the Buddha’s teachings, such as karma, past and future lives, permanent liberation from the cycle of impure life, and transforming daily adversities into the spiritual path. Bring great meaning and purpose to your daily life by learning how to integrate the Buddha’s timeless wisdom into our busy, ...
Sep
28
Fri
12:00 pm Lunchtime Meditations
Lunchtime Meditations
Sep 28 @ 12:00 pm – 12:30 pm
Walking into the Kadampa Meditation Center with it’s eight-foot Buddha statues and serene environment, you’ll instantly feel welcomed and at peace. But how can we take that peace with us? Let our teachers lead you through guided meditations that help you relax, overcome your anxieties, and learn to cherish others with your naturally-abiding good heart.Sometimes we need to cancel a ...
6:30 pm Meditation and Dinner Social
Meditation and Dinner Social
Sep 28 @ 6:30 pm – 7:15 pm
Looking to meet like-minded people and have fun? Join our community night where we relax, meet new people, and engage in honest conversations about how to live our lives meaningfully. the meditation is from 6:30-7:15pm. After our meditation, we will enjoy dinner out as a group at a local restaurant.Hosted by American Buddhist monk and KMC GA resident teacher, Gen ...
Sep
29
Sat
8:00 am Old Fourth Ward: Sunrise Meditat...
Old Fourth Ward: Sunrise Meditat...
Sep 29 @ 8:00 am – 8:30 am
Sometimes we need to skip a Saturday due to weather or other special circumstances. Please refer to our Facebook page or Events Calendar to confirm all event dates.Join us each Saturday morning this summer for Morning Meditations in the Park! These meditations are perfect for beginners and advanced meditators alike. What a great way to get your weekend off to ...
Sep
30
Sun
10:30 am Sandy Springs Meditation Class
Sandy Springs Meditation Class
Sep 30 @ 10:30 am – 11:45 am
Please join us every Sunday as we look at various aspects of Buddhist psychology, providing practical advice for our busy modern world.We begin each class with a short meditation to relax and prepare our minds, followed by a practical teaching perfect for both beginner and advanced meditators. We then end the session with another brief meditation based on the teaching, ...

Therefore, the development of these qualities is of utmost importance for our daily happiness!If you are interested in joining Foundation Program or Teacher Training program please contact the Education Program Coordinator at KMC GA.

  • General Program

    The General Program introduces basic Buddhist view, meditation and action, along with various other teachings and practices, all within the Mahayana Buddhist tradition of Atisha and Je Tsongkhapa, to help practitioners deepen their knowledge and experience of Buddhism.

    All the teachings are based on commentaries by Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso.

    The General Program is taught at every Kadampa Buddhist Center and is an ideal starting point for those interested to find out more about Buddhism and meditation.

    The program consists of drop-in classes (evening and lunchtimes), usually supplemented by optional day courses, weekend courses, and meditation retreats. All classes are open to everyone. Please see our General Program Classes under the menu Classes above.

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  • Foundation Program

    The purpose of the Foundation Program is to provide a systematic presentation of particular subjects of Mahayana Buddhism to enable practitioners to deepen their knowledge and experience of Buddhism.
    Five subjects

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

    1. The Stages of the Path to Enlightenment, based on the commentary Joyful Path of Good Fortune

    2. Training the Mind, based on the commentaries Universal Compassion and Eight Steps to Happiness

    3. The Heart Sutra, based on the commentary Heart of Wisdom

    4. Guide to the Bodhisattva’s Way of Life, based on the commentary Meaningful to Behold

    5. Types of Mind, based on the commentary How to Understand the Mind

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  • Teacher Training Program

    The purpose of the Teacher Training Program is to provide an extensive presentation of particular subjects of Mahayana Buddhism to enable practitioners to deepen their knowledge and experience of Buddhism, and to train as qualified New Kadampa Tradition Teachers.

    All Resident Teachers of Kadampa Buddhist Centers follow this in-depth program of study and practice.

    In addition to the Foundation Program topics, this program comprises the following twelve subjects, based on Buddha’s Sutra and Tantra teachings and the corresponding commentaries by Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso:

    6. Guide to the Middle Way, based on the commentary Ocean of Nectar

    7. Vajrayana Mahamudra, based on the commentary Clear Light of Bliss

    8. The Bodhisattva’s Moral Discipline, based on the commentary The Bodhisattva Vow

    9. Offering to the Spiritual Guide, based on the commentaries Great Treasury of Merit and Mahamudra Tantra

    10. Vajrayogini Tantra, based on the commentary Guide to Dakini Land

    11. Grounds and Paths of Secret Mantra, based on the commentary Tantric Grounds and Paths

    12. The Practice of Heruka Body Mandala, based on the commentary Essence of Vajrayana

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