Ready to go deeper?
Try Foundation Program
with Resident Teacher Gen Kelsang Zamling
Join Foundation Program for the opportunity to:
Become a confident and effective meditator
Deepen your understanding of the Buddhist path
Gain skills to apply what you learn to everyday life
Learn from an experienced teacher with 20+ years of experience
Be part of a supportive and inspiring community
Foundation Program classes
Tuesdays, 7 - 9pm
We will be studying the inspiring book The New Eight Steps to Happiness: The Buddhist Way of Loving Kindness, a practical step-by-step guide to enhancing our love, compassion, and wisdom, and learning how to transform our daily life into the spiritual path.
This new class starts April 4 with a special introductory session. You're invited to join us to see if FP is right for you. Although attendence to this introductory class is free, we ask you to RSVP below.
Foundation Program students during meditation prayers
Foundation Program (FP) is a structured study and meditation program that is enrollment based (not drop-in). Classes meet weekly (with a break over the holidays, and a longer summer break). All classes are structured to include guided meditation, chanted prayers, teachings, and discussion.
In order to receive the most benefit from FP, each student makes the personal commitment to:
attend class weekly
attend one group puja (or chanted prayer) per week
study the class material in preparation for class
participate in periodic group discussion classes
take an exam at the conclusion of the book (or particular sections of the book)
The program fee of $80* per month includes:
All weekly Foundation Program classes
All drop-in General Program classes
50% off half-day retreats and workshops
All meditation prayers (pujas)
* Financial accommodations can be made for those in need. Please contact our Administrative Director for details: AD@meditateinchicago.org or 312-767-1898 (call/text)
How to Enroll
Contact our Education Program Coordinator to arrange a free session at your convenience:
The Resident Teacher (principal teacher) at KMC Chicago is modern Buddhist monk Gen Kelsang Zamling. Gen Zamling has been a student of Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso for many years, and has taught in the United States and in the UK. Gen Zamling completed an intensive 6 month Special Teacher Training Program with our General Spiritual Director, Gen-la Kelsang Dekyong, to further his qualifications as a teacher.
Gen Zamling is known for his practical approach, warmth, and clarity. He is well-loved by his students, and sets an immaculate example of someone who has taken Buddha's teachings to heart.
The Origin of Foundation Program
Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso, founder of the New Kadampa Tradition, created this specially designed study and meditation program based upon traditional methods passed down in an unbroken lineage for generations since the time of Buddha Shakyamuni.
The Program includes the study and practice of six authoritative texts covering the entire scope of Buddha’s Mahayana teachings, which generally takes several years to complete.
Its modern format makes it possible for anyone to develop authentic spiritual experience while living a busy, modern life. It is very blessed and powerful, and easily leads to quick and authentic spiritual development.
The program comprises the following five subjects, based on Buddha’s Sutra teachings and the corresponding commentaries by Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso:
The Stages of the Path to Enlightenment, based on the commentary Joyful Path of Good Fortune
Training the Mind, based on the commentaries Universal Compassion and The New Eight Steps to Happiness
The Heart Sutra, based on the commentary The New Heart of Wisdom
Guide to the Bodhisattva’s Way of Life, based on the commentary Meaningful to Behold
Types of Mind, based on the commentary How to Understand the Mind