Foundation Program ~Sundays 3:15-5:15pm

with Kadampa Teacher Mike Racadio
Sundays 3:15 – 5:15 pm
Please see our CALENDAR for any schedule changes

The Foundation Program is a unique structured study program that enables us to gain an experience of Buddhist teachings with a deeper understanding and to develop a regular meditation practice. It is ideal for those who have an introductory understanding of Buddhism and who wish to learn more. We meet each week during term times, and have regular term breaks and a longer break in the summer. Students are requested to enroll for a section of the book and commit to attend all the classes, as well as try to go to a puja (chanted meditation) and General Program class.

Read a transcript of Geshe Kelsang Gyatso’s  teaching on the Foundation Program here:  Geshe Kelsang’s Foundation Program Transcript

A Unique Study Program

Through regular teachings and meditation, systematic study, and group discussion, the Foundation Program (FP) offers the same training followed by spiritual practitioners in an unbroken lineage dating back to Buddha Shakyamuni.  By studying on this program we shall gain great confidence in meditation – from basic techniques for overcoming our everyday problems to practices leading to unsurpassed happiness and permanent inner peace. Warm friendships develop as students inspire each other, sharing insights and experiences of the spiritual path.

Current Book Being Studied

Joyful Path of Good Fortune, a clear and comprehensive explanation of the entire path to enlightenment.  We all have the potential for self-transformation and a limitless capacity for the growth of good quantities, but to fulfill this potential we need to know what to do along every stage of our spiritual journey. By studying this book we will receive step-by-step guidance on the meditation practices that will lead us to lasting inner peace and happiness. This is a perfect guidebook to the Buddhist path.

How do I enroll?

The fee for Foundation Program is $65 per month, which includes membership for all Foundation classes, general program classes at the temple and our branch locations, and a discounted rate for workshops, retreats and various special events. Dharmachakra Buddhist Center is a registered not-for-profit 501(c)3 organization.

You are welcome to attend two classes before committing to join. Each trial class is $10. To find out more about the Foundation Program classes please email

Location: Dharmachakra Buddhist Center, 923 Crossley Road, Palm Springs, CA 92264

 Books Studied on the Foundation Program

The Foundation Program is for those who wish to deepen their understanding and experience of Buddhism by engaging in the systematic study of six essential Buddhist text.

Joyful Path of Good Fortune – A commentary to Atisha’s Lamrim instructions, The Stages of the Path to Enlightenment. By studying Joyful Path, we gain the ability to put all Buddha’s teachings of both Sutra and Tantra into practice. We can easily make progress and complete the stages of the path to the supreme happiness of enlightenment. From a practical point of view, Lamrim is the main body of Buddha’s teachings, and the other teachings are like the limbs.

universal compassion
Universal Compassion – A commentary to Bodhisattva Chekhawa’s Training the Mind in Seven Points. By studying Universal Compassion, we gain the ability to integrate Buddha’s teachings into our daily lives and solve all our human problems.

The New Heart of Wisdom
– A commentary to the Heart Sutra. Through studying Heart of Wisdom, we gain a realization of the ultimate nature of reality. By gaining this realization, we can eliminate the ignorance of self-grasping which is the root of all our suffering.

meaningfulMeaningful to Behold – A commentary to Shantideva’s Guide to the Bodhisattva’s Way of Life. When we study Meaningful to Behold, we learn how to transform our daily activities into the Bodhisattva’s way of life, thereby making every moment of our human life meaningful.

How to Understand the Mind
– A detailed explanation of the mind, based on the works of the Buddhist scholars Dharmakirti and Dignaga. By studying Understanding the Mind, we understand the relationship between our mind and its external objects. If we understand that objects depend upon the subjective mind, we can change the way objects appear to us by changing our own mind. Gradually, we shall gain the ability to control our mind and in this way, solve all our problems.

8 stepsEight Steps to Happiness
– A commentary to eight beautiful verses that comprise one of Buddhism’s best-loved and most enduring teachings, Eight Verses of Training the Mind. Composed by the great Tibetan Bodhisattva, Langri Tangpa, this short poem shows how we can transform all life’s difficulties into valuable spiritual insights.


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