Foundation Program

With Resident Teacher Trina Gunther

Meets twice weekly
Thursdays: 6:30 to 8:30 pm &
Sundays: 4:00 to 6:00 pm

Free Introductory Class - Thursday, October 14, 6:30-8:30pm

Please join us for an introductory talk to find out more about Foundation Program (FP), our in-depth study program at Heruka Center, with Resident Teacher Trina Gunther. You will learn about the purpose and benefits of FP and the class format and commitments. There will be opportunity for questions and to talk to Trina and current students on the program.

There is no need to register for this free intro class. Please RSVP at [email protected].

Learn how to achieve the state of Nirvana

This upcoming term will offer the opportunity to study Buddha’s teachings on how to achieve the state of permanent freedom from suffering, also known as “nirvana,” through studying “PART 2: The Intermediate Scope” of Joyful Path of Good Fortune. Through this we can deeply learn what the root of our suffering is and how to free our self completely from all suffering and problems.

There are many benefits to joining the Foundation Program:

  • Increased personal insight, wisdom and experience of Dharma (Buddha’s teachings)
  • Studying and meditating more effectively following a specially-designed program
  • In-depth group and partner discussion
  • Spiritual friendship with like-minded people

  • Learning how to integrate Buddhist practice into busy modern life

Joyful Path of Good Fortune

The Complete Buddhist Path to Enlightenment

By Geshe Kelsang Gyatso

Download this ebook from Tharpa Publications
This book is also available in our bookstore at Heruka Center.

About the Foundation Program

In the Foundation Program, we engage in the systematic study of key Buddhist texts in order to gain a deep and lasting understanding and experience of the spiritual path, as well as an authentic confidence as a meditator and practitioner. These study classes also help us to become part of a community of practitioners who are sincerely putting the teachings into practice.

With weekly reading assignments from the text, as well as commentary, discussions and meditations on the week’s readings, these study classes create the conditions for us to develop deep inner experience of the teachings.

"The practice of Lamrim is very important because everyone needs to cultivate peaceful states of mind. By listening to or reading these teachings, we can learn how to control our mind and always keep a good motivation in our heart. This will make all our daily actions pure and meaningful."—Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso Rinpoche

About the Book

Joyful Path of Good Fortune

The Path to the Supreme Happiness of Enlightenment

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 at every stage of our journey.

In Joyful Path of Good Fortune we find a clear and comprehensive explanation of the entire path to enlightenment, presented in the practical sequence known as Kadam Lamrim.

With this book, the author Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso Rinpoche offers us step-by-step guidance on the meditation practices that will lead us to lasting inner peace and happiness. With extraordinary clarity, he presents all Buddha’s teachings in the order in which they are to be practiced, enriching his explanation with stories and illuminating analogies. This book is a perfect guidebook to the Buddhist path.

Joyful Path of Good Fortune can be purchased from

Foundation Program Enrollment Information

Interested in joining Foundation Program? Please email: [email protected]

Cost for Foundation Program is to be a Supporting Member, which is $60/month, and includes half-price or free access to all events at Heruka Buddhist Center. Please see the Supporting Member page for details.

With Resident Teacher Trina Gunther

Trina Gunther is a long-time practitioner of Modern Kadampa Buddhism. She has studied and practiced in Dharma centers under Gen-la Dekyong and Gen Rigpa, and she has worked as Education Program Coordinator at centers in Los Angeles and the UK. She is an inspiring example of a lay practitioner of Kadampa Buddhism, and brings with her a wealth of practical experience of putting Buddha's teachings into practice amidst a busy daily life.

Online Class Policy

  1. You agree that you will not record the class or share links.
  2. To enjoy our online classes, you must live in Northern Colorado, Wyoming, or the surrounding states of Montana, North & South Dakota, Utah or Idaho, or have a prior connection to Heruka Center. Otherwise, we ask you to please support your local Kadampa meditation center and register for their online classes instead.
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