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Foundation Program

Sundays | 4:00 - 7:30pm

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with Gen Kelsang Chokyi

If you have been coming to the Center for General Program (GP) classes and are ready to go deeper in the meaning and understanding of how to integrate Dharma into your daily life, Foundation Program (FP) is the next step.


On August 20, we will be starting The New Eight Steps to Happiness by Geshe Kelsang Gyatso Rinpoche. In the first session, Gen Chokyi will give an overview of Foundation Program's purpose and structure. In the second session, she will begin with the commentary of The New Eight Steps to Happiness. This first class is free to explore experientially. If you would like to join, please email Gen Kelsang Chokyi at to discuss.


What is the Difference Between General Program Meditation Classes and Foundation Program?

General Program (GP) classes are designed to provide varying topics of Kadam Dharma to give students a general experience of Buddhism. They are drop-in classes designed so you can come and go as you wish without a commitment. Foundation Program (FP) classes are structured to provide continual teachings from one book until it is complete. It is a study program where students commit to come to each class, engage in longer meditations (30 minutes), actively interact in discussion with fellow students, and study outside of class. FP is on Sunday from 4-7:30pm: the first session 4-5:30pm with a 30-minute dinner break and second session

FP $65 per month includes: 

  • Weekly Foundation Program (FP) class

  • Free weekly meditation (GP) classes (unlimited)

  • ONE retreat or workshop per month

  • THREE preliminary retreats per year: Guru Yoga & Mandala Offering, Vajrasattva Meditation & Recitation, Refuge Retreats

  • Monthly support for KMC Bloomington

Being an FP student means that you practice taking the Dharma to heart by applying it in daily activities. It also means being a part of the Kadampa Meditation Center Bloomington community. The Center runs on volunteers. FP students have the opportunity to contribute by volunteering in some way. If you are interested, please contact

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