An In-Depth Study Program

Mondays 7-9pm

*Enrolment Required

With Resident Teacher Gen Kelsang Sanden

Location: KMC Vancouver: 1833 Victoria Diversion, Vancouver

FREE INTRO CLASS: Mon Sept 11 – (click for more info)

What is the Foundation Program (FP)?

Anyone can join and experience the great benefits of being part of this regular study program. Through this we can improve our good heart, our wisdom, and our cherishing of others by going deeper into our study and meditation practice.

The Foundation Program (FP) is a way to deepen your experience of Buddha’s teachings and find meaning and lasting happiness in your modern life. Joining FP involves studying the entire section of the book and attending all classes. Each class consists of prayers, guided meditation, teaching and discussion. You are welcome to attend a class before enrolling.

Read a transcript of a talk given by Geshe Kelsang Gyatso on the benefits of the Foundation & Teacher Training Programs by clicking here.

What book are we studying?

Currently studying: The New Eight Steps to Happiness: The Buddhist Way of Loving Kindness

Discover the essential methods for developing universal love and compassion, the source of true happiness for both ourself and others. On the Foundation Program, we are studying the book, ‘The New Eight Steps to Happiness’ by Geshe Kelsang Gyatso – an inspiring book that explains how to meditate on eight beautiful verses that comprise one of Buddhism’s best loved teachings.

Now, in these classes we can enjoy this ancient wisdom and the extraordinary results of applying these teachings in our daily lives: loving relationships, a peaceful mind, and the ability to transform all life’s difficulties into valuable spiritual insights.

How do I join or learn more?

Foundation Program is not a drop in class, and you must enrol for the section of the book being studied.  However, we invite you to sit in on a free trial class if you are interested, by emailing our Education Program Coordinator at  You can join the program at almost anytime in the book.

The class fee is included in the FP Supporting Membership, which is $80 monthly. Supporting Membership entitles you to attend all the FP and drop in classes, and gives you discounts on special weekend events at the centre.


Gen Kelsang Sanden is a Canadian Buddhist monk, and the Resident Teacher of Kadampa Meditation Centre Vancouver.  He has been a long time student of Geshe Kelsang Gyatso, the founder of the New Kadampa Tradition. He is well loved for his compassion, sense of humour and the clarity of his teachings.