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Kadampa Study Programs

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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

Three Levels of Study

Geshe-la has designed three study programs of Buddhist teachings. These programs – the General, Foundation, and Teacher Training Programs – form the very core of the New Kadampa Tradition-International Kadampa Buddhist Union (NKT-IKBU), and are what distinguish New Kadampa Buddhism from other traditions.

The General Program is offered at the IKRC Grand Canyon and other locations in Northern Arizona.

General Program (GP)

Drop-in classes for all levels of experience

GP classes introduce basic Buddhist views, and meditation and other practices, suitable for beginners. They also include advanced teachings and the practice of Sutra and Tantra for practitioners at all levels of experience.

Foundation Program (FP) - Currently in progress

A systematic, in-depth study of Buddha’s teachings


For those wishing to take the next step in their study of Buddhism and meditation, FP classes provide a systematic presentation of particular aspects of Mahayana Buddhism. The program aims to enable practitioners to deepen their knowledge and experience of Buddhism. The classes examine five subjects based on Buddha’s Sutra teachings and corresponding commentaries by Geshe-la:

Teacher Training Program (TTP) - Currently in progress

Learn to become a qualified Kadampa Teacher.

TTP classes enable practitioners to deepen their knowledge and experience of Mahayana Buddhism, and to train as qualified New Kadampa Tradition Teachers. The program examines twelve subjects based on Buddha’s Sutra and Tantra teachings and corresponding commentaries by Geshe-la. The first five subjects presented are the same as for the Foundation Program. The seven 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.

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