Study Programs

Our Study Programs

At the very heart of modern Kadampa Buddhism are the three core study programs developed by Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso Rinpoche:

  • General Program
  • Foundation Program
  • Teacher Training Program

General Program

For beginners and experienced practitioners. Attend on a schedule that suits you.

General Program (GP) classes present Buddhist teachings in a format that is suitable for beginners as well as more experienced practitioners. The format allows students to attend on a schedule that suits them.

Through these classes everyone can learn how to apply Buddhist teachings to everyday life, using them to solve problems, and find peace and happiness. Along with introductory topics, GP classes also include advanced teachings and practices from both Sutra and Tantra, for practitioners of all levels of experience.

The General Program includes a weekly recurring schedule of drop-in classes, supplemented by occasional special events (workshops and retreats). All are open to everyone, and everyone is welcome.

Foundation program

Deepen your understanding and experience of Buddhism.

The Foundation Program (FP) is for anyone who wishes to deepen their understanding and experience of Buddhism. The program offers systematic study, discussion, and meditation practice based on six Kadampa Buddhist texts written by the founder of the New Kadampa Tradition, Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso Rinpoche.

Pre-registration and regular attendance are required. For more information please contact our Educational Program Coordinator at [email protected]

Teacher training program

Train as an authentic Kadampa Buddhist Dharma teacher or engage with Buddha’s teachings in the deepest possible manner.

The Teacher Training Program (TTP) is a step beyond the Foundation Program. It is designed for people who wish to train as authentic Dharma Teachers or simply engage with Buddha’s teachings in the deepest possible manner. In addition to completing the study of fourteen texts of Sutra and Tantra, the student is required to observe certain commitments with regard to behavior and way of life, and to complete a number of meditation retreats. Through a deep and continuing commitment to the program of study, meditation, discussion, and retreat, you can gain deep experience of Buddha’s teachings, establish a strong meditation practice, and become a qualified Kadampa Buddhist teacher.

Pre-registration and regular attendance are required. For more information please contact our Educational Program Coordinator at [email protected]

Checkout what's Coming Up

May 2024
Clear Mind

Portland | Clear Mind

Clear Mind Wednesday Night Meditation Series Discover the inner clarity of your mind. No need to look outside yourself for purpose, meaning, and value, simply by exploring the nature of your own mind, understanding its blissful, clear nature, and absorbing into meditation on this, you will find incredible happiness from within. Each class includes two […]
Wed May 22
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Portland | Mahasiddha Kadampa Buddhist Center
9498 SW Barbur Blvd #101, Portland, OR 97219

Portland | Foundation Program (Thursdays)

Thursday Foundation Program with Susan de la Vergne Book: Meaningful to Behold Thursdays | 9:30am-11:30am If you are interested in this class, please email [email protected] to learn how to become a Foundation Program member. Meaningful to Behold by Geshe Kelsang Gyatso. Many people have the compassionate wish to benefit others, but few understand how to […]
Thu May 23
9:30 am - 11:30 am
Portland | Mahasiddha Kadampa Buddhist Center
9498 SW Barbur Blvd #101, Portland, OR 97219
Offering to the Spiritual Guide

Portland | Offering to the Spiritual Guide

This is a special practice of relying upon our Spiritual Guide as a Buddha and making praises and requests, but it also contains beautiful essential instructions on all the stages of the path to enlightenment and training the mind, as well as both the generation stage and completion stage of Highest Yoga Tantra.
Sat May 25
9:00 am - 11:00 am
Portland | Mahasiddha Kadampa Buddhist Center
9498 SW Barbur Blvd #101, Portland, OR 97219
Clearing The Mind

Portland | Clearing the Mind

Clearing the Mind Buddha taught many methods to help us find the clarity and peace of mind we long for. In this particular course, Kadam Heather explain how to see exactly what to do to stop the buildup of distraction, negativity and general mental chaos.  Each class includes two guided meditations and a talk. Free […]
Sun May 26
10:30 am - 12:00 pm
Portland | Mahasiddha Kadampa Buddhist Center
9498 SW Barbur Blvd #101, Portland, OR 97219

Portland | Prayers for World Peace

PRAYERS FOR WORLD PEACE By learning to cherish others we can experience greater peace of mind and help to establish world peace. Through contemplating these prayers compiled by Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso Rinpoche from traditional sources, we learn to cherish others. If everyone sincerely prays to be able to cherish others then gradually, through the […]
Mon May 27
10:30 am - 12:00 pm
Portland | Mahasiddha Kadampa Buddhist Center
9498 SW Barbur Blvd #101, Portland, OR 97219
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SE Portland Branch

@ Yoga Refuge

May 2024
Change Your Mind, Change Your Life

SE Portland | Change Your Mind, Change Your LifeRepeating EventBeginner

Change Your Mind, Change Your Life There’s so much to worry about, all the time – Relationships. Career. Misfortune. Current events. No matter how cleverly or cautiously we try to avoid problems, we still encounter them. We may think There’s nothing I can do. We feel uncertain, overwhelmed, distraught, anxious. Buddha teaches that it’s our […]
Tue May 28
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Yoga Refuge
7831 SE Stark St Portland, OR 97215
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May 2024
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Beaverton Branch

@ Sage Center for Wholeness and Health
Room 555

June 2024
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Beaverton | Happiness: The Eight-Step ProgramRepeating EventBeginner

No one wants to be unhappy. On the contrary! We want to be happy morning, noon, and night. But it’s so hard to find real happiness … or so we think. Buddha says otherwise! In this course, we’ll be learning to train our mind in ways of thinking that lead to inner peace, the only source […]
Tue Jun 04
6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Sage Center - Beaverton
10700 SW Beaverton Hillsdale Hwy, Building 3, Suite 555, Beaverton OR, 97005
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June 2024
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Inclement Weather

OUR PUBLIC TALK IS RESCHEDULED FOR SUNDAY JAN 21ST @ 10:30AM​

Due to the snow storm, all of our classes & events will be cancelled.

Please email [email protected] with any questions.