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Study Program:  Foundation Program (FP)

Info for Current Students

Saturdays 3:00 – 5:15

The Foundation Program (FP) is a unique structured study program that enables us to gain deeper understanding and experience of Buddhist teachings and to develop a regular meditation practice. It is ideal for those who have a general understanding of Buddhism and wish to learn more. FP meets once a week during term times with breaks in between and a longer break in the summer. Students are requested to enroll for a section of the text and commit to attend all the classes.

Through regular teachings and meditation, systematic study and group discussion the Foundation Program offers deep support for your spiritual life. In essence it is the same training followed by spiritual practitioners in an unbroken lineage dating back to Buddha Shakyamuni. Its special quality is that we can gain authentic experience without abandoning our modern lifestyle. By studying on this program we will gain great confidence in meditation – from basic techniques for overcoming our everyday problems, to practices leading to unsurpassed happiness and permanent inner peace.

You are welcome to attend both the Introductory talk and the first FP class.  The cost of the Introductory Class is $10.  If you decide to join FP, the monthly fee is $75, which includes access to General Program classes as well. No one is turned away for lack of funds. For more information about this special opportunity, please contact the center at or 503 233 6747.

The FP class is taught by Resident Teacher Kadam Heather Rocklin.

The Texts:

The Foundation Program (FP) offers the opportunity to engage in a systematic study of six of Geshe Kelsang’s books in great depth.

We are currently studying How to Understand the Mind.

This book offers us deep insight into our mind, and shows how an understanding of its nature and functions can be used practically in everyday experience to improve our lives..