The Foundation Program

Trial the Foundation Program (FP)

Perhaps you’ve been attending our drop-in classes and courses and wish to gain a deeper understanding of Buddhist teachings?

If you are interested you are most welcome to attend a free taster session of FP.

We have two FPs: a Thursday evening class from 7-9pm, and a Sunday afternoon class from 3-6pm.

Please use the contact form below to get in touch.


The Foundation Program (FP) is a structured study course, comprising six texts that form the basis of the New Kadampa Tradition (NKT) of Buddhism. These texts are written by Geshe Kelsang Gyatso, Meeting weekly at Khedrubje Centre,  the program is ideal for those who attend drop-in classes and would like to deepen their knowledge and experience of Dharma. FP classes consist of teachings, guided meditations and discussions that are aimed at improving the student’s practical application of Kadampa Buddhist teachings in their daily life.

“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 Foundation Program is very important.” – Excerpt from a talk given by Geshe Kelsang Gyatso

What text is being studied?

The Sunday Class: Meaningful to Behold is a commentary to Guide To The Bodhisattva’s Way Of Life. This book focuses on six spiritual trainings – giving, moral discipline, patience, effort, concentration, and wisdom. By integrating these into our daily life all our activities become beneficial and meaningful, swiftly advancing us along our spiritual path.

The Thursday Class: The New Eight Steps to Happiness is based on the famous Eight Verses of Training the Mind by the great Tibetan Bodhisattva, Geshe Langri Tangpa, this inspiring book reveals essential methods for transforming all life’s difficulties into valuable spiritual insights and for developing universal love and compassion, the source of true happiness for both self and others.

What is the commitment?

Joining the Foundation Program involves making the decision of which FP class you would like to commit to, then enrolling for one section of the book, or the whole book at a time. Students commit themselves to studying sincerely, attending each scheduled class, trying to memorize the main points of the subjects covered and sitting an exam at the end of the book, or section.
Each class consists of preparatory prayers, guided meditation, commentary by the teacher and paired discussion. Every sixth class, two students from the group summarise the topics recently covered and present them to the class to facilitate discussion. Studying in this way gives our Dharma practice a helpful structure and helps us to gain fuller experience of the teachings.

What are the details?

Time: Either Sundays from 3pm-6pm OR Thursdays from 7-9pm
Venue: Khedrubje Centre
, 165 Willoughby Rd, Wamberal
Class Schedule: For Sundays, there is a 15 minute tea break halfway through to stretch your legs

Term times: Terms run from February through to June, and early August through to December
Fee: For Sundays $80 per month, for Thursdays $70 per month. Both these student memberships entitles you to attend any drop-in classes and courses held by the Centre. For people in Central West NSW, the cost is $50 per month and includes your entry into the monthly talks held in Dubbo, Parkes, Orange, Bathurst and Mudgee.

Interested? If so, then please ask at class, call us on 4385 2609 or use the below contact form.

Trial: You are welcome to trial the program for free at any time.

How long have you been on FP for?
I began with Geshe-la’s book ’How to Understand the Mind’ and I’m now in my third year on this current book – Meaningful to Behold (commentary to Guide to the Bodhisattva’s Way of Life).

What does FP mean to you?
This study program has given my life great meaning and purpose, transforming my mind over time. I now have more experience of inner peace, contentment and a deeper conviction that attaining enlightenment for the benefit of all beings is the real meaning of my life.

What is your favourite verse from the book?
Just as on a dark and cloudy night
A flash of lightning for a moment illuminates all,
So for the worldly, through the power of Buddha’s blessings,
A virtuous intention occasionally and briefly occurs.

An Explanation of the Benefits of Bodhichitta
Verse 5 : Chapter 1
Guide to the Bodhisattva’s Way of Life

What attracted you to the Foundation Program?
Joining FP 18 months ago was a very easy decision and commitment to make after attending the classes for over 4 yrs. The more I understood about Buddha, Dharma & Sangha the more I became hooked!

How do you benefit from FP?
FP helps me to understand how our mind controls our life, and how our life changes by changing the mind. The books studied on FP are so beautifully written by Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso. Every day I am grateful for the Wamberal Buddhist Centre, the teachings, the meditations and the community involved.

What is your favourite verse from the book?
A crazy, untamed elephant in this world
Cannot inflict such harm
As the sufferings of the deepest hell
Caused by the rampaging elephant of the mind.

Guarding Alertness
Verse 2 : Chapter 5
Guide to the Bodhisattva’s Way of Life

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