Foundation Program

For those students who want to deepen their experience of Buddhism, Geshe Kelsang Gyatso designed the Foundation Program. Foundation Program offers an immersion in Buddhist teachings by systematically studying one of six texts on the curriculum. If you are interested in this program, please contact our Education Program Coordinator at

Starting November 8th, Foundation Program will be studying
The New Eight Steps to Happiness.
Please email
or call 206.526.9565 for more information.

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Foundation Program


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 each stage of our spiritual journey. In the book The New Heart of Wisdom, Geshe Kelsang Gyatso reveals the profound meaning of the very heart of Buddha’s teachings – the Perfection of Wisdom Sutras. This book shows how we can attain pure, lasting happiness through developing special wisdom and universal compassion.

Foundation Program teacher Noreen Flack has been practicing Dharma for many years. She served as Administrative Director of KMC WA for several years, helping KMC Washington to flourish. Noreen has many years experience teaching both beginners and intermediate students. She is deeply respected for her clear teachings and humble example of a modern Buddhist practitioner.

What is the Foundation Program?

The Foundation Program is a uniquely structured study program that enables us to gain deeper understanding and experience of Buddhist teachings and to develop a regular meditation practice. It is ideal for those who have an introductory understanding of Buddhism and wish to learn more. We meet each week during term times, and have regular term breaks and a longer break in the summer.

Benefits of Foundation Program

Through regular teachings, meditation, systematic study and group discussion, the Foundation Program offers deep support for your spiritual life. In essence, it is the same training followed by spiritual practitioners in an unbroken lineage dating back to Buddha Shakyamuni. Its special quality is that we can gain authentic experience without abandoning our modern lifestyle. By studying on this program we will gain great confidence in meditation – from basic techniques for overcoming our everyday problems, to practices leading to unsurpassed happiness and permanent inner peace.


The donation for Foundation Program is $95 per month, which includes all Foundation Program classes, General Program classes at KMC Washington in Ballard and our branch locations, and a discounted rate for day courses and other events. Kadampa Meditation Center Washington is a registered not-for-profit 501(c)3 organization dedicated to benefiting the general public through our International Temples Project. The monthly donation for Foundation Program is fully tax deductible.

If you have the wish to join Foundation Program or would like to learn more, please contact the Education Program Coordinator at KMC Washington, (206) 526-9565 or email

About the Program

The purpose of the Foundation Program is to provide a systematic presentation of particular subjects of Mahayana Buddhism to enable practitioners to deepen their knowledge and experience of Buddhism. The program comprises the following five subjects, based on Buddha’s Sutra teachings and the corresponding commentaries by Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso:

The Stages of the Path to Enlightenment, based on the commentary Joyful Path of Good Fortune
Training the Mind, based on the commentaries Universal Compassion and Eight Steps to Happiness
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