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What is the Foundation Program?

The Foundation Program (FP) is a uniquely structured study program that enables us to gain a deep understanding and experience of Buddhist teachings and meditation practices. It is ideal for those who have a general understanding of Buddhism, but who wish to learn more.

Each class incorporates meditation, prayer, teaching and discussion. FP is a wonderful opportunity to study a particular text as a group, and receive inspiring commentary to it from Resident Teacher Gen Kelsang Dorje. Students also get to learn from each other with ample discussion opportunities. At the end of each class, the group selects a meditation break practice to help students mix the teachings with life outside of class.

Buddhism teaches that in order to find real happiness and meaning in our lives, we need to follow a spiritual path. To do this, it is important to have a close connection with a qualified teacher, to listen to pure Dharma teachings, and to have the support of a strong spiritual community. These enable us to deeply realize the meaning of Buddha’s teachings, to maintain a daily meditation practice that is both focused and powerful, and to make genuine spiritual progress – all without abandoning our modern lifestyle.

About Joyful Path of Good Fortune

Geshe-la_9We all have the potential for self-transformation, and a limitless capacity for the growth of good qualities, but to fulfill this potential we need to know what to do along every stage of our spiritual journey. With this book, Geshe Kelsang Gyatso offers us step-by-step guidance on the meditation practices that will lead us to lasting inner peace and happiness, and a clear and comprehensive explanation of the entire path to enlightenment. With extraordinary clarity, he presents all Buddha’s teachings in the order in which they are to be practiced, enriching his explanation with stories and illuminating analogies. This is a perfect guidebook to the Buddhist path.

'I can personally guarantee that, if practised sincerely, following these wonderful teachings will bring greater joy and happiness to one's life.' - Geshe Kelsang Gyatso

Wicker Park Foundation Program Details

Tuesdays | 6:00pm - 9:00pm
at KMC Chicago in Wicker Park | 2010 W. Pierce Ave., Chicago, IL 60622
With Gen Kelsang Zamling, Resident Teacher

Class meets Tuesday evenings, with periodic breaks throughout the year, including a break over the holidays and another over the summer. Students are encouraged and expected to attend class each week. Classes are recorded, so if you are unable to attend a class, you can download the recording. In addition to weekly class, students are encouraged to attend one puja per week.

The fee for Foundation Program members is $75 per month, year round. Your enrollment supports all of our activities at KMC Chicago, helps us to flourish Dharma throughout Chicagoland and beyond, and entitles you to attend GP classes, workshops and in-center retreats free of charge.

Please contact us at with any questions about FP, or for more info on how to join.

Further information

Read Wishfulfilling Jewels for Dharma Practitioners: The Benefits of the Foundation and Teacher Training Programs by Geshe Kelsang Gyatso

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