Foundation Program — Worcester

Sundays | 4–6PM

If you’ve been regularly attending weekly classes and retreats at AKBC for some time, joining Foundation Program (FP) might be the next step in deepening your practical experience of Buddha’s teachings. The program is based on a committed and systematic study Kadampa Buddhist texts written by our founder Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso. We are currently studying Universal Compassion.

Students commit to come to each class, engage in longer meditations, actively interact with fellow students during discussion, and study and read outside of class. By applying consistent effort in this way, we naturally build our confidence and ability to apply Dharma in daily life, create strong connections with our community of friends, and joyfully make progress on our spiritual journey.

FP provides a systematic presentation of particular subjects of Mahayana Buddhism to enable practitioners to deepen their knowledge and experience of Buddhism. The program comprises of five subjects based on Buddha’s Sutra teachings and the corresponding commentaries by 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; and Types of Mind, based on the commentary How to Understand the Mind.


Cost and Benefits
$65/month for FP classes, plus:
• Unlimited General Program classes
• Unlimited Foundation Retreats
• $10 off Mini Meditation Retreats

For more information please email us at to inquire about specifics of joining in FP.


To join Foundation Program, you need to have been attending General Program classes, and are ready to deepen your experience of Kadam Dharma.

This class includes prayers, deeper meditation and a lineage of oral instruction of one of Geshe Kelsang Gyatso Rinpoche’s books.

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About the Teacher

Taught by Gen Kelsang Tsoglam, Resident Teacher at AKBC, each class includes chanted prayers, oral transmission of the book, guided meditations, and discussion.