Foundation Programme

About the Programme

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

What are the commitments?

Participants enrol for each book or part of a book and then may study and remain on the programme for as long as they wish. It is necessary to have attended a weekly meditation class or a course at the centre.

With each course participants undertake to:

  • have the intention to attend all classes
  • study and memorize the essential points of the subject
  • sit an examination at the end of the course


How is the Programme organized?
There are five terms each year of six to seven weeks each year.

Where & When are the classes held?

At Vajrapani Kadampa Buddhist Centre – Monday evenings 18:15 – 20:15. We are studying the book “Joyful Path of Good Fortune”.

At Greenlea Guest House, Irene, Centurion – Wednesday evenings 18:45 – 20:45. We are studying the book “Universal Compassion”.

You can come along to sample a class before deciding whether to enrol.
You can join at any stage of the book that is being studied.

If you wish to find out more please contact the Centre by phone: 011 447 2746 or email.

Advice from Venerable Geshe Kelsang about the benefits of Foundation Programme:

“Our present understanding and experience of Dharma is quite superficial. There is a big gap between our mind and Dharma and we cannot apply Dharma in our daily lives. Our approach remains passive, like someone watching television, and our mind remains as uncontrolled as before. Why is this? It is because we are not studying systematically, according to a specially designed program. If we just pick at Dharma randomly we shall never gain deep and stable experience. For this reason the spiritual programs offered in New Kadampa Tradition Centres are very important”. Geshe Kelsang

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