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Join the Foundation Program to deepen your studies and meditation, and to meet like-minded people!

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A Unique Study Program

The Foundation Program (FP) is studying How to Understand the Mind by Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso Rinpoche. This book offers us deep insight into our mind, and shows how an understanding of its nature and functions can be used practically in everyday experience to improve our lives.


This course is suitable for all levels of experience. If you enroll, you should have the intention to complete the book, or section of a book, for which you have joined. If you are thinking about joining, or are just curious to see what these classes are like, you can attend your first two classes at no cost.


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

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. Warm friendships develop as students inspire each other, sharing insights and experiences of the spiritual path. In this way, we are able 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.

FP meets on Wednesdays from 6:30-8:30pm. To join this program, enrollment is required. For more information and/or to audit two classes, please contact:

This program is available in-person and via live stream for people in Kingston and the surrounding area.

FP fee: $75/month (includes FP classes, unlimited Sunday and Thursday classes, as well as retreats and workshops in Kingston and Napanee).

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