Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso Rinpoche, founder of the New Kadampa Tradition, has designed 3 unique Study Programs:

  • General Program (GP)
  • Foundation Program (FP)
  • Teacher Training Program (TTP)

These in-depth study programs consist of the systematic study and practise of new Kadampa Buddhism and are especially suited to people of this modern world.

Read a transcript of a talk given by Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso Rinpoche on the benefits of the Foundation Program & Teacher Training Program by clicking here.


The General Program (GP) is open to everyone regardless of previous experience or background. These classes provide a basic introduction to meditation and Buddha’s teachings that are suitable for beginners. The purpose of these classes is to help you to gain personal experience of inner peace, overcome daily problems, and find real happiness from within your own mind.

The GP includes all our walk-in classes and most workshops.


The Foundation Program (FP) is designed for those who wish to deepen their understanding and experience of Kadampa Buddhism through a systematic study of six texts by Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso Rinpoche.

When you join you will experience the great benefits of being part of this systematic study program. Through this you can improve your good heart, your wisdom, and your cherishing of others by going deeper into your study and meditation practice. Read more about the texts studied and benefits HERE.

*This is not a walk-in program and enrollment is required. All FP students sign up freshly at the start of each new book or section of a book. You are also required to have attended General Program classes regularly for a minimum of 6-months before joining the Foundation Program. It is strongly advised that you start your studies at the beginning of a new book or section of a book. Please enquire about scheduling. Email: for more information.

FP Term Dates: January – July 2018


The Teacher Training Program (TTP) is designed for those who want to train as qualified New Kadampa Tradition Teachers. In addition to completing the study of fourteen texts of Sutra and Tantra, including the six texts studied on the Foundation Program, students are required to observe certain commitments with regard to behaviour and way of life, and to complete a number of meditation retreats each year. Read more about the texts studied and benefits HERE.

*Teacher Training Program is not a walk-in program and enrollment is required. All TTP students sign up just once and commit to complete the study of all 12 subjects without stopping. Students must have received Highest Yoga Tantra empowerments within the New Kadampa Tradition in order to study many of the books.
Email: for more information.

TTP Term Dates: January – July 2018

Commitments of Joining the Study Programs

When you join either the Foundation Program or Teacher Training Program you must make the following commitments:

  1. To attend every class (including the review classes).
  2. To memorize the Condensed Meaning or Root Text of the books and to sit a written examination at the end if each book or section of a book.
  3. To attend at least one puja each week organized by the Centre
  4. To prepare well for each class so discussion partners efforts are respected.
  5. To attend the group discussions

In addition you will be expected to join in with practically helping Kadampa Meditation Centre Canada to flourish – such as by occasionally putting up daily water offerings, cleaning the meditation room and other areas as needed; also helping in assisting at short courses where possible and assisting and teaching at General Program classes from time to time.

Prioritising the Study Program in your personal schedule

This is essential for your studies and meditations to be successful. The Program term dates will be sent to you in advance every six months; therefore, for any personal meetings/holidays etc with family/friends etc you will have plenty of time to re-schedule these in the light of your Study Program attendance commitment.  Please note:  valid reasons for non-attendance do not include avoidable appointments or holidays.

If we just dabble superficially in a spiritual path we will never gain a deep and stable experience, and our wisdom will never develop to its full potential. This is why these spiritual programs are so important – Geshe Kelsang Gyatso