The Kadampa Study Programs

Take Your Pratice to the next level:

Foundation Program |  Teacher Training Program

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.

After attending General Program classes (Sunday mornings/Wednesday or Thursday evenings/or a branch class in your area) for some time, you may wish to go deeper in your practice and study of Kadampa Buddhism.

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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

Foundation Program (FP)

A systematic in-depth study of Buddha’s teachings

New Foundation Program book begins in February!

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. Although students study one book a t a time, the program comprises five subjects based on Buddha’s Sutra teachings and the corresponding commentaries by Geshe Kelsang Gyatso:


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.