Foundation Program

Transform your life by taking Buddha’s teachings to heart | Enrolled in-depth classes

The Foundation Program (FP) is an opportunity for people to engage in systematic study and meditation on the essential subjects of Kadampa Buddhism based on six books by Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso Rinpoche. FP is a tried and tested way 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.

If you have been coming to classes regularly and feel you want to go deeper with your study and practice, FP may be a perfect next step for you. Joining the program involves studying an entire book (or section) and attending all classes, each of which include meditation, teachings, discussion and prayers.

Classes take place weekly on Thursday evenings from 6.30-8.45pm. Once every month or so, an optional community dinner is provided from 6-6.30pm which is included in your enrolment. You are welcome to BYO dinner on other evenings. There are scheduled breaks throughout the year.

The Foundation Program will begin studying Meaningful to Behold by Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso Rinpoche on 11 April 2024. Meaningful to Behold is a highly acclaimed commentary to the great Indian Buddhist Master Shantideva’s famous spiritual poem Guide to the Bodhisattva’s Way of Life, one of the best loved and most important Mahayana Buddhist texts. It reveals with poetic beauty and deep spiritual insight how to enter, make progress on, and complete the Buddhist path to enlightenment.

If you’ve never attended FP before you can trial up to three consecutive classes before deciding to enrol. You can trial at any time. For more information or to arrange a trial, please email the Education Program Coordinator at

As the Foundation Program is an enrolled study program, we suggest that you join in with the General Program weekly classes or workshops on a regular basis first before considering trialling FP.

Teacher Training Program

Sundays 2.00 – 6.00pm
The Teacher Training Program (TTP) is currently studying Tantric Grounds and Paths by Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso Rinpoche.

The purpose of the TTP 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 Teachers of Modern Buddhism.

The Teacher Training Program takes approximately twelve years to complete and requires an enrolment procedure.

To find out more about TTP, please e-mail the Education Program Coordinator at: