Foundation Study Program

Joining Foundation Program (FP) involves studying the entire section of a book and trying to attend all classes, one of which is an end-of-term exam. Foundation Program (FP) classes offer systematic study, discussion and meditation practice. These are based on six of Geshe Kelsang’s extraordinary books in order to:

  • Develop our wisdom
  • Cultivate a good heart
  • Maintain a peaceful state of mind
  • Solve all our problems
  • Transform our lives

There are currently these FP programs:

THE FOUNDATION PROGRAM at the Dandenong Ranges Temple

taught by Resident Teacher Gen Kelsang Dornying

Many Buddhist practitioners have a sincere wish to deepen their knowledge and experience of Dharma and to gain authentic spiritual realisations through a structured program of Dharma studies. The Foundation Program is designed to fulfil this wish. It provides a systematic presentation of the basic subjects of Mahayana Buddhism and forms a perfect basis for a strong daily practice.

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.Geshe Kelsang Gyatso

Join the Foundation Program (FP) with Gen Kelsang Dornying studying The New Eight Steps to Happiness, Geshe Kelsang Gyatso’s detailed and practical explanation of one of Buddhism’s best-loved teachings, Eight Verses of Training the Mind, by the great Tibetan Bodhisattva, Geshe Langri Tangpa.

Deepen your practice of Buddhism by studying clear methods for improving relationships and transforming difficulties into spiritual insights. Learn to skilfully train in patience, compassion and wisdom, and start your journey towards the state of full enlightenment. Starting in September 2018, this course is an ideal way for those with some previous exposure to our drop-in classes to move to the next level.

Joining FP involves enrolling for a section of the book and attending all the classes, one of which is an end of term exam. Each class consists of prayers, a guided meditation, teaching and discussion. Students from our regional branches can join our correspondence study program – please click here for more information.


GKDGen Kelsang Dornying is the Resident Teacher of both Kadampa Meditation Centre (KMC) Australia and Kadampa Meditation Centre Melbourne. He has been teaching Kadam Dharma for over 15 years. He is an inspiring and light-hearted teacher of modern Buddhism who makes Buddha’s teachings clear, accessible and applicable to modern life.



The FP fee is $110 per month, which entitles you to attend all the classes and courses run by KMC Melbourne and KMC Australia. You are welcome to attend a class before enrolling and you can join at any time. For more information please contact the Education Program Coordinator for the class you wish to join, as detailed below.


Sundays 2-6pm

Kadampa Meditation Centre Australia, 25 McCarthy Rd
Contact Daisy: or 03 9756 7203.