The benefits of studying on Foundation Program:

Deepen your understanding and experience of Buddha's teachings and meditation.

Learn how to integrate Buddhist meditation and practice into your daily life.

Make spiritual friends and become part of a spiritual community.

New Foundation Program starting in September 2024

Will meet once a week:

Sundays 10:30am - 12:30pm

Teacher: Nick Birdsall

Studying the book: Universal Compassion

This study program will begin with a Free Introductory Class, followed by a two-week trial period before enrollment is required. If you are interested in this Foundation Program, please contact Kelsang Evam at to receive updates.

Normal enrollment is for in-person attendance. We do offer a remote learning option via live Zoom to qualifying students who live too far away to attend in person.

Universal Compassion

Inspiring Solutions for Difficult Times

By Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso Rinpoche

Universal Compassion provides practical instructions showing how to transform even the most difficult daily life experiences into opportunities for spiritual growth through developing and enhancing minds of universal love and compassion. The heart of Buddha’s teachings is unconditional love and compassion. In this inspiring explanation of the popular Buddhist poem Training the Mind in Seven Points, Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso Rinpoche reveals powerful and far-reaching methods for us to develop these altruistic states.

About the Teacher: Nick Birdsall

Nick is an experienced practitioner of Kadampa Buddhism. Having met these teachings in 1993 in his native England, Nick has received many teachings directly from Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso Rinpoche. He is a regular volunteer at Heruka Center. Nick presents Buddha’s teachings and meditations with clarity and warmth and is appreciated for his sincerity and spiritual confidence.

Current Foundation Program

Meets twice a week:

Thursday, 6:30-8:30pm & Sundays 4-6pm

Teacher: Resident Teacher Kadam Trina Gunther

Studying the book: Joyful Path of Good Fortune

Normal enrollment is for in-person attendance. We do offer a remote learning option via live Zoom to qualifying students who live too far away to attend in person.

If you are interested in this Foundation Program, please contact Kelsang Evam at for more information.

Joyful Path of Good Fortune

By Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso Rinpoche

In Joyful Path of Good Fortune we find a clear and comprehensive explanation of the entire path to enlightenment.

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.

About the Teacher: Kadam Trina Gunther

Kadam Trina Gunther is the Resident Teacher at Heruka Kadampa Meditation Center. She has been a dedicated practitioner of modern Kadampa Buddhism since 2004. Kadam Trina is an inspiring example of a lay Kadampa practitioner and brings with her a wealth of experience of integrating Buddha's teachings with busy daily life. She shares Buddha's teachings and practice with clarity, warmth and joy.

Foundation Program Enrollment Information

Interested in joining Foundation Program? Please email Kelsang Evam at:

Cost for Foundation Program is Supporting Membership, which includes free access to all weekly classes and half-price for most events at Heruka Kadampa Buddhist Center. Please see the Membership page for details.

About the Foundation Program

Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso Rinpoche, our founder and renowned Kadampa Buddhist master, explains why the Foundation Program is so important for making spiritual progress:

"Our present understanding and experience of Dharma is quite superficial. We are like someone who has entered a huge food store and seen many things but sampled only a few. We may have received many different teachings from many different Teachers, but we have taken in very little, just a few morsels. Therefore, our actual experience remains superficial.

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 will never gain a deep and stable experience, and our wisdom will never become like a full moon."

Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso Rinpoche, teaching in New York in 2006

Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso specially designed the Foundation Program to provide a systematic presentation of particular subjects of Mahayana Buddhism to enable practitioners to deepen their knowledge and experience of the spiritual path.

Six books are studied in sequence, covering the essential aspects of the Buddhist path.

Class meets weekly, with term breaks throughout the program, including a longer break in the summer. Each class includes chanted prayers, a guided meditation, a teaching,  discussion, and time for Q & A. 

There are three reasons why we need to study and practice the teachings of Buddha - to develop our wisdom, to cultivate a good heart and to maintain a peaceful state of mind.

By studying on this program we shall gain great confidence in meditation – from basic techniques for overcoming our everyday problems to practices leading to unsurpassed happiness and permanent inner peace.

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.

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