foundation programme


The Foundation Programme (FP) provides the opportunity to study Buddha’s teachings in greater depth. It is perfect for those who want to extend their understanding of Buddhism, and learn more about how to put these teachings into practice in their day-to-day lives.

The emphasis is on developing and maintaining a light and positive approach to dealing with the challenges of everyday life. At the same time, the programme helps us make progress on a spiritual path which leads to more profound wisdom and lasting peace and happiness.

Classes include preparatory prayers, guided meditations, teaching and discussion.

The teachings themselves are drawn from a series of books by Geshe Kelsang Gyatso and are geared to cover the breadth of Buddha’s teachings. We take time to study each book unhurriedly, so that we have the chance to think carefully about the teachings, ask questions, and explore topics in detail.

Anyone is welcome to join the programme, but we generally recommend that you try the drop-in class programme first. You can also join the programme at any time during the year. To participate you need to be able to commit to regular class attendance (it is not a 'drop-in' programme). You are welcome to try out two 'taster' classes before deciding if you want to enrol.


How to understand the mind

The text for study for the first half of 2017  is Part 2 of How to Understand The Mind. The book  shows how an understanding of the nature and functions of our mind can be used practically in every day experience to improve our lives. 

  • Part 1 is a practical guide to developing and maintaining a light, positive mind - showing how to recognise and abandon states of mind that harm us, and how to replace them with peaceful and beneficial minds.
  • Part 2 provides deeper insights into the way in which our mind creates our experience. It concludes with a detailed explanation of meditation, showing how by controlling and transforming our mind we can attain a lasting state of joy, independent of external conditions.
  • Part 3 (starting August, 2017) provides a detailed explanation of meditation, and sets out a series of meditations that can be used on a daily basis.

(Note: Part 3 of How to Understand the Mind is a perfect opportunity to join the study programme, even if you have not been with us for Parts 1 and 2. It provides a  very clear and practical guide to deepening and extending your own practice).

Palmerston North

Amitabha Kadampa Buddhist Centre, 174 Albert St. Tuesday evenings from 6.30- 9.00pm.

  • february 14, 21, 28
  • march 7, 14, 21, 28
  • april 4, 11, 
  • may 2, 9, 16, 23, 30
  • june 6, 13, 20, 27
  • july 4, 11
  • august 22, 29
  • september 5, 12, 19, 26
  • october 3, 10, 17, 24, 31
  • november 7, 14, 21, 28
  • december 5


Distance study

If you are not able to get into Palmerston North to participate in the foundation programme, it is possible to engage in distance study. Recordings of classes are made, and then these are made available to you on-line.


There is a standard fee of $75 /month (a lower rate is available if you are unemployed or unable to afford this amount). This covers attendance at FP, 'drop-in', and half-day courses, as well as reduced costs for weekend courses. You are also able to use the Palmerston North library and the gompa at any time.

More information

Please contact Gen Demo on 06 355 3524 or email  if you are interested in joining, or have any questions about this programme.