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Join the new Foundation Program 

Sunday 3 - 5pm

with Mary Harvey

The Foundation Program is a unique in-depth study program including guided meditation, teachings, and discussion. It is a perfect option for those wishing to go deeper into their practice in a structured way. 

The Foundation Program is a structured weekly study program by enrollment that involves a number of commitments that help support our practice including attending every weekly class (Sundays 3 - 5pm with breaks for holidays and events,) and studying small sections of the text in advance.

About Universal Compassion 

The heart of Buddha’s teachings is unconditional love and compassion. In this inspiring explanation of the popular Buddhist poem Training the Mind in Seven Points, Geshe Kelsang Gyatso reveals powerful and far-reaching methods for us to develop these altruistic states. Ancient meditative techniques that have been tried and tested for centuries are brought alive and made relevant to our everyday experiences. Also included is a practical explanation of how we can transform our day-to-day problems—even the most demanding and difficult conditions—into opportunities for personal and spiritual development. By pointing the way to an unchanging freedom and happiness, this immensely readable book challenges us to grow, and will have a remarkable impact on our life. 

Class Format: Each class includes prayers, meditation, teaching, and paired discussion. 


As an FP Student, you will be able to attend all General Program Classes at the center, Branch Classes, Introductory Workshops, and weekend retreats free of charge. You will also be able to receive other discounts for Weekend Day Courses, Visiting Teacher Public Talks, and Empowerments.


About the Teacher

Mary Harvey has been a senior student and close disciple of Ven. Geshe Kelsang Gyatso Rinpoche for over 17 years.
Mary has completed numerous 3-month silent retreats and has studied on both the Foundation Program and Teacher Training Programs.
She is a senior student at the IKRC Grand Canyon currently enrolled in the Teacher Training Program and is known for her warm and gentle style of presenting Modern Kadampa Buddhism. 

Benefits of the Foundation Program

Click here to read about the benefits of the program by contemporary Buddhist master Geshe Kelsang Gyatso Rinpoche.


Through regular teachings, meditation, systematic study and group discussion, the Foundation Program offers deep support for your spiritual life. In essence, it is the same training followed by spiritual practitioners in an unbroken lineage dating back to Buddha Shakyamuni. Its special quality is that we can gain authentic experience without abandoning our modern lifestyle. By studying on this program we will gain great confidence in meditation – from basic techniques for overcoming our everyday problems, to practices leading to unsurpassed happiness and permanent inner peace.


How to join the Foundation Program

The fee for Foundation Program is $60 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 some special events.

Who can join FP at the IKRC Grand Canyon

  • Anyone living in Northern Arizona, Utah, Nevada 

  • Anyone attending classes at the IKRC for any length of time


Email  our FP Coordinator at:

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