If you’re attending general Kadampa Buddhist classes but find yourself wanting more, you might enjoy the Foundation Program. FP is the next step in deepening your practical experience of Buddha’s teachings through the systematic study of specific Kadampa Buddhist texts written by Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso. FP students study under the guidance of Resident Teacher Kyle Davis in New Bedford, MA  and with Deb Acquavella in Boston.


Classes are also available by correspondence for long-distance students in any area.  If you would like to enquire about joining FP, or have any other questions, please feel free to contact education@meditationinmass.org for more information about Foundation Program.

Classes are opening to new students in BOSTON in September of 2016 – please click the links below for more information.

        FP classes offer:

  • Chanted Prayers
  • In-depth guided meditations
  • Commentary to the text
  • Group Discussion
  • Q&A opportunities
  • Company of spiritual friends

NEW BEDFORD

Foundation Program

With Buddhist Teacher

Kyle Davis

Sundays | 5:30 – 9pm

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BOSTON

Foundation Program

With Buddhist Teacher

Kyle Davis

Thursdays | 7 – 9pm

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PORTLAND

FP Correspondence

With Buddhist Teacher

Kyle Davis

Weekly

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What is the Foundation Program?

The Foundation Program (FP) provides students with an opportunity to advance their understanding and practice of Buddha’s teachings through systematic study and meditation on the essential teachings of Mahayana Buddhism.  Foundation Program students study the following five subjects based on Buddha’s Sutra teachings and their corresponding commentaries by our teacher, Geshe Kelsang Gyatso:

  • The Stages of the Path to Enlightenment, or Kadam Lamrim, based on the commentary Joyful Path of Good Fortune
  • Training the Mind, or Kadam Lojong, based on two commentaries, Eight Steps to Happinessand Universal Compassion
  • 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

The Benefits of the Foundation Program

Students in the FP have an opportunity to follow the same training followed by spiritual practitioners for generations, but without having to abandon their modern lifestyle.  Over time, students in FP find that their minds change for the better in significant ways:  through taking Buddha’s teachings as personal advice and striving to put them into practice in daily life, they gain authentic spiritual experience, solve their daily problems, improve their relationships at work and at home, and develop a good heart. * Read the benefits of the Foundation Program as presented by NKT founder, Geshe Kelsang Gyatso, in England in 1990.

The Commitments of the Foundation Program

Our General Program classes are offered on a drop-in basis and there are no requirements for attending.  As a more structured program of study, the FP does ask students to make some basic commitments:

  • Students keep the intention to attend every class during the FP term (terms are September through late December and early January through June), and try not to miss more than two classes per term
  • Students read ahead and memorize the essential points of the text
  • Students memorize the root text and/or the condensed meaning of the text
  • Students take one exam per year to check their understanding of what they have studied
  • Students attend at least one group meditation class per week, as possible.
  • Cost | $70 per month, 12 month commitment– this includes member level benefits like unlimited weekly meditation classes (an additional 8-12 classes per month) and more! (click for more info)