Foundation Program

 What is the Foundation Program?

If you’re attending general meditation classes but are wanting more, you might enjoy Foundation Program (FP), the next step in deepening your practical experience of Buddha’s teachings. FP is a systematic study program under the guidance of KMC GA Resident Teacher Gen Kelsang Mondrub, held at Kadampa Meditation Center Georgia

FP classes include:

  • Guided in-depth meditations
  • Commentary to the text
  • Group discussion
  • Question & answer opportunities
  • The company of spiritual friends

The Foundation Program gives you the opportunity to engage in a structured study and meditation program on the essential teachings of the Buddhist spiritual path right here at Kadampa Meditation Center Georgia.

Buddhism teaches that to find lasting happiness and meaning in our lives we need to follow a spiritual path. To follow this path it is important to have a close connection with a qualified teacher who can give us personal advice and encouragement, to listen to pure Dharma teachings and to be a part of a strong spiritual community. In this way we are able to gain a deeper understanding of the meaning of Buddha’s teachings, maintain a daily meditation practice that is both focused and powerful, and make genuine spiritual progress.

Why Join Foundation Program?

There are three reasons why we need to study and practice the Teachings of Buddha:

  • To develop wisdom
  • To cultivate a good heart
  • To maintain a peaceful state of mind

If we do not strive to develop our wisdom, we will 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. 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. 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 when are external conditions are unpleasant. Therefore, the development of these qualities is of the utmost importance for our daily happiness.

A Unique Study Program

Through regular teachings and meditation, systematic study, and group discussion, the Foundation Program (FP) 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 modern lifestyle. By studying on this program we will gain great confidence in meditation practice. Warm friendships develop as students inspire each other, sharing insights and experiences of the spiritual path.


We are currently studying Joyful Path of Good Fortune, a clear and comprehensive explanation of the entire path to enlightenment. 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 along every stage of our spiritual journey. With this book, Geshe Kelsang Gyatso offers us step-by-step guidance on the meditation practices that will lead us to lasting inner peace and happiness. With extraordinary clarity, he presents all Buddha’s teachings in the order in which they are to be practiced, enriching his explanation with stories and illuminating analogies. This is a perfect guidebook to the Buddhist path.

How to Join Foundation Program

You can join FP at anytime. If you have any questions, please contact the Education Program Coordinator at Kadampa Meditation Center GA for more information at epc@meditationingeorgia.org or (678) 453-6753.

 What is the structure?

The secret of the Foundation Program’s success lies in the manageable commitment made by the student and in the clear structure of study. Students sign up to study a book or part of a book, agree to attend every class, learn the material, and to take a test at the conclusion of the study. Class meets once a week for two and a half hours. There is also a commitment to participate in at least one chanted prayer session at the Center per month.

What happens at a class?

Prior to class, students study an assigned portion of the text, usually about 4 pages long, and memorize the essential points. The class begins with chanted prayers and guided meditation. The teacher then reads the assigned selection from the book while giving commentary to the text. The students then divide into pairs to discuss the material. The teacher and students conclude by deciding what to meditate on in the next class and how to put the teachings into practice during the coming week.

What is studied?

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, Understanding the Mind

The Foundation Program takes approximately five years to complete and requires an enrollment procedure. Please contact the Education Program Coordinator for more information at epc@meditationingeorgia.org

How much does it cost?

Please see our Membership page for information on all the benefits you get at the Foundation Program membership level. Please note that you have the option of joining the Foundation Program at a reduced rate if you live outside the Atlanta area and wish to attend via correspondence.

What's Coming Up...

Jun
20
Wed
12:00 pm Atlanta Central Library Meditation
Atlanta Central Library Meditation
Jun 20 @ 12:00 pm – 12:30 pm
Meditation causes peace of mind, the source of true happiness. You can use it throughout your daily life to free your mind from negativity such as anxiety, anger or accumulated stress, and to help you be the person you want to be in every relationship, creating harmony at home and on the job. These meditation classes include a short introduction ...
6:00 pm Florence AL – Introduction to Me...
Florence AL – Introduction to Me...
Jun 20 @ 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 ...
Jun
23
Sat
8:00 am Old Fourth Ward: Meditations in ...
Old Fourth Ward: Meditations in ...
Jun 23 @ 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 ...
Jun
24
Sun
10:30 am Sandy Springs Meditation Class
Sandy Springs Meditation Class
Jun 24 @ 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 ...
Jun
25
Mon
8:00 pm Living Fearlessly: The Courage t...
Living Fearlessly: The Courage t...
Jun 25 @ 8:00 pm – 9:00 pm
A four-week series with meditations, teachings, and meaningful discussions each week. KMC Georgia Resident Teacher and American Buddhist monk, Gen Kelsang Mondrub, introduces a simple and pragmatic approach to cultivating the courage to change and improve our lives, based on the practices of modern Buddhism. This practical advice will lead to authentic and lasting results in our pursuit of happiness ...
Jun
26
Tue
7:30 pm Poncey Highlands Meditation Class
Poncey Highlands Meditation Class
Jun 26 @ 7:30 pm – 8:45 pm
Ancient wisdom for modern times! Join us for a special series exploring the practical advice found in the famous Buddhist text, Guide to the Bodhisattva’s Way of Life, by meditation master Shantideva. 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 two meditations ...
Jun
27
Wed
12:00 pm Atlanta Central Library Meditation
Atlanta Central Library Meditation
Jun 27 @ 12:00 pm – 12:30 pm
Meditation causes peace of mind, the source of true happiness. You can use it throughout your daily life to free your mind from negativity such as anxiety, anger or accumulated stress, and to help you be the person you want to be in every relationship, creating harmony at home and on the job. These meditation classes include a short introduction ...
6:00 pm Florence AL – Introduction to Me...
Florence AL – Introduction to Me...
Jun 27 @ 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 ...
Jun
30
Sat
8:00 am Old Fourth Ward: Meditations in ...
Old Fourth Ward: Meditations in ...
Jun 30 @ 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 ...
Jul
1
Sun
10:30 am Sandy Springs Meditation Class
Sandy Springs Meditation Class
Jul 1 @ 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 ...