Mondays · 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
with Gen Sanden

Location: Commercial Drive · Kadampa Meditation Centre - Vancouver 1833 Victoria Diversion

Cost: $80/month
Resuming in September 
The Foundation Program (FP) is designed for those who wish to deepen their understanding and experience of meditation & Kadampa Buddhism through systematic study.  Through this program you can improve your good heart, your wisdom, and your cherishing of others by going deeper into your study and meditation practice.

Book currently being studied:
This term we will briefly complete our study of part two of this book and the studying principally the third part of How to Understand the Mind by Geshe Kelsang Gyatso. This is an ideal time to enter for someone who is sincerely interested in developing a very qualified practice of meditation on the stages of the path to enlightenment.

Fundamental to the entire Buddhist way of life is the teaching that everything depends upon the mind. The world we experience is the result of our karma, or actions, and all our actions of body, speech, and mind originate in the mind. To change our world we have to start by changing our mind, and this depends upon first gaining an thorough understanding of the mind and how it works. In Understanding the Mind, Geshe Kelsang provides a comprehensive explanation of the different types of mind and functions of mind. Though dealing with a profound and complex subject, this book is immensely practical, at every turn offering clear advice on how we can use our understanding of the mind to improve the quality of our lives and eventually to attain the true mental freedom of enlightenment.

Enrolment: *This is not a drop-in class, enrolment is required. If you wish to try out a class for free please email our Education Program Coordinator

If you have already enrolled, please click HERE to sign up for monthly payments.

Class Structure:

  • Introductory Prayers for Meditation (15 min)
  • Guided Meditation on topic being studied (~20 min)
  • Teaching of new material (1 hr)
  • Paired Discussion (15 min)
  • Conclusion, take away practices (10 min)

Encouragement from the Author – Geshe Kelsang Gyatso:
“If we just dabble superficially in a spiritual path we will never gain a deep and stable experience, and our wisdom will never develop to its full potential. This is why these spiritual programs are so important.”
– Geshe Kelsang Gyatso

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

Please read before your first class:

Kindly arrive early, preferably at least 15 minutes, to facilitate check in and get seated. Out of kindness for our registration volunteers, fellow meditation students and Teachers, we cannot accommodate latecomers. Thank you for your understanding!

We are a scent free environment. Please help us keep the air we share healthy and fragrance free.  The chemicals used in scented products can make some people sick, especially those with fragrance sensitivities, asthma and allergies.  Thank you.

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.


Cost: $80/month

If you have any inquiries please email:

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