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Foundation Study Program

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The Foundation Program offers a structured approach to learning Buddhist meditation through the study of a particular book. Through in-depth study and practice, it helps us close the gap between the inspiring teachings we hear at the Centre and practising them in our daily life. We learn how to integrate all the meditation practices and wisdom advice from Buddha into our normal daily life. In this way we gradually find a deep inner peace and happiness in our lives.

By studying on this program we shall gain great confidence in meditation—from simple Buddhist techniques for developing inner peace, to the profound insights which lead to lasting wisdom and joy.

At Kadampa Meditation Centre Wellington in Island Bay we have two separate Foundation Programs: one runs on Monday evenings and the other on Sunday afternoons.

Geshe Kelsang Gyatso Rinpoche
“By relying on the Three Study Programs (General Program, Foundation Program and Teacher Training Program) 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.”
— Geshe Kelsang Gyatso

Foundation Program

Join us on the Foundation Program (FP) as we study the book Joyful Path of Good Fortune.

We all have the potential for self-transformation, and a limitless capacity for the growth of good qualities. But to fulfil this potential we need to know what to do at every stage of our spiritual journey. In Joyful Path of Good Fortune we find a clear and comprehensive explanation of the entire path to enlightenment.

With this book, the author Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso Rinpoche offers us step-by-step guidance on the meditation practices that will lead us to lasting inner peace and happiness.

This book is a perfect guidebook to the Buddhist path.

To find out more or to register for a trial please email fp@meditateinwellington.org.

Teacher Training Program

The Teacher Training Program (TTP) is for those wishing to become qualified Kadampa Buddhist teachers. From May 2022 we will be studying The New Guide to Dakini Land which is a comprehensive guide to the Highest Yoga Tantra practice of Vajrayogini, the female Buddha of wisdom.

This book provides a detailed and practical explanation of the two stages of Vajrayogini practice — generation stage and completion stage — and shows how we can integrate these practices into our daily life, thereby transforming every moment of our life into the path to enlightenment. It is a unique guide to becoming a Tantric enlightened being in the modern world.

Please email fp@meditateinwellington.org for further information about this program.


foundation program FAQs

The Foundation Program fee is $85 per month. By joining the Foundation Program, you will enjoy the benefits of Study Card. This entitles you to free access to all classes at the Centre and discounts on certain events.

Joining FP involves studying an entire book or section and trying to attend all classes, one of which is an end-of-term exam. Each class consists of prayers, guided meditation, teaching and discussion. FP is open to everyone and you can join at any point in the year. 

To find out more or to register for a trial please contact us at fp@meditateinwellington.org 

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Kadampa Meditation Centre Wellington has been relocated to Khandallah, in a tranquil and lush location yet close to public transport and parking. Our new address is 2 Ardross Avenue.

Check out our Contact page for directions on how to get to the Centre including public transport.

We are currently looking for a new location for our Centre. There are a multitude of possibilities for what our future Centre will look like and where it will be located, and we would love your guidance to find the solution that best serves the needs and wishes of our community and of Wellington as a whole.

Please take a few minutes to answer 10 simple questions that will help us understand what you expect of our future Centre and let us know if you would like to be involved with making this dream a reality.