Kadampa Study Programs

Three Levels of Study

Geshe Kelsang Gyatso has designed three study programs of Buddhist teachings. These programs – the General, Foundation and Teacher Training Programs – form the very core of the NKT-IKBU, and are what distinguishes the New Kadampa Tradition from other traditions.

At present our wisdom is like a young child, or a new moon. We may have developed some wisdom from listening to teachings and reading and studying books, but this wisdom needs to be developed much further. By relying on the Three Study Programs we can gradually increase our wisdom until it is completely mature, like a full moon. With this kind of wisdom we will have a firm, stable confidence when teaching Dharma to others.

Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso Rinpoche, Founder of the New Kadampa Tradition


General Program (GP)

Drop-in classes for all levels of experience


GP classes introduce basic Buddhist view, meditation, and practice suitable for beginners. It also includes advanced teachings and practice of Sutra and Tantra for practitioners of all levels of experience.
GP includes

Wednesday Evenings: Advice for Life
Sunday Mornings: Prayers for World Peace
Monthly Sunday Mornings: Meditation for Kids
Weekly Classes in the Surrounding Area
and Learn to Meditate in Half a Day

For more information on these programs email education@kadampanewyork.org

The Dharma teachings presented by the Teachers of the New Kadampa Tradition forms the basis of hundreds of popular drop-in meditation classes and courses around the world. If you want the opportunity to study or find out more about the practices presented in this book, visit your nearest Kadampa Meditation Center or branch. There are hundreds of Centers around the world, where you can meet people who are already benefiting from applying the methods presented in Kadampa Buddhism.

Kadampa Meditation Center New York currently offers classes in the tri-state area:

Foundation Program (FP)

A systematic in-depth study of Buddha’s teachings

For those wishing to take the next step in their study of Buddhism and meditation FP provides a systematic presentation of particular subjects of Mahayana Buddhism to enable practitioners to deepen their knowledge and experience of Buddhism. The program comprises of five subjects based on Buddha’s Sutra teachings and the corresponding commentaries by Geshe Kelsang Gyatso:

Sundays, 3-5pm & 6-8pm

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 Students in FP will complete a comprehensive program of study and meditation program based on the text, How to Understand the Mind, which is a guide for modern day people to begin understanding the limitless potential of their mind.
The oral transmission of the book taught by Gen Samten, combined with guided meditations and discussion, will build our confidence to apply Dharma in daily life. By doing this consistently, we will joyfully turn our initial insights into actual realizations of Dharma. Most of all, by building a connection with the teachings and spiritual friends, Foundation Program is the perfect way to enjoy your Sunday.

400x400_gen-samtenGen Samten Kelsang, Resident Teacher of KMC New York Gen Samten has been studying and practicing Buddhism for over thirty years and is one of Geshe Kelsang Gyatso’s most senior students. He is well-known for his inspiring, clear and practical way of presenting Buddha’s teachings and meditation. For more information click here.

If you would like to learn more about enrolling in Foundation Program, please contact our Education Program Coordinator at (845) 856-9000 or education@kadampanewyork.org

Payments for currently enrolled FP students – monthly subscription


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single payment – FP/TTP/plus or correspondence


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Teacher Training Program (TTP)

Learn to become a qualified Kadampa teacher

TTP enables practitioners to deepen their knowledge and experience of Mahayana Buddhism, and to train as qualified New Kadampa Tradition Teachers. The Program comprises twelve subjects based on Buddha’s Sutra and Tantra teachings and the corresponding commentaries by Geshe Kelsang Gyatso. The first five subjects of the Program are the same as for the Foundation Program, and the additional subjects are:

Participants also need to observe certain commitments with regard to behavior and way of life, and to complete a number of meditation retreats.

Mondays & Tuesdays
9:15-11:15am and 7:30-9:30pm

We are currently studying Essence of Vajrayana by Geshe Kelsang Gyatso

This book is the first complete explanation in English of the Highest Yoga Tantra practice of Heruka body mandala. Buddha Heruka is a manifestation of all the Buddhas’ enlightened compassion, and by relying upon him we can swiftly attain a pure selfless joy and bring true happiness to others. In Part One, Geshe Kelsang explains with great clarity and precision how we can practice the sublime meditations of Heruka body mandala, and thereby gradually transform our ordinary world and experiences into the transcendental reality of a Buddha. Then, in Part Two, he provides definitive instructions on the completion stage practices that lead to the supreme bliss of full enlightenment in this one lifetime. This is a treasury of practical instructions for those seriously interested in following the Tantric path.

 

400x400_gen-samtenGen Samten Kelsang, Resident Teacher of KMC New York Gen Samten has been studying and practicing Buddhism for over thirty years and is one of Geshe Kelsang Gyatso’s most senior students. He is well-known for his inspiring, clear and practical way of presenting Buddha’s teachings and meditation. For more information click here.

If you would like to learn more about enrolling in Teacher Training Program, please contact our Education Program Coordinator at (845) 856-9000 or education@kadampanewyork.org

Payments for currently enrolled TTP students – monthly subscription


Payment Options
Student Name



single payment – FP/TTP/plus or correspondence


Payment Options
Student Name