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Introduction to Foundation Program

If you are interested in joining a study program, or just want to find out more about it, you are welcome to attend this introduction class.  We are just beginning the book, The New Eight Steps to Happiness – The Buddhist Way of Loving Kindness, so it is a great time to join Foundation Program.

About the Class:

If you have been attending General Program classes and are ready for more, you might enjoy the Foundation Program (FP). The next step in deepening your practical experience of Buddha’s teachings, FP is a second-tier study program that studies one Buddhist text at a time in a systematic way.

Foundation Program classes include guided in-depth meditations, commentary to the text, chanted prayers, discussion, and the company of spiritual friends.

On December 4, 2018, Foundation Program attendees will begin studying  The New Eight Steps to Happiness by Geshe Kelsang Gyatso, Rinpoche.

(This book is available in Paperback, eBook EPUB and eBook Kindle from Tharpa Publications. The paperback edition of the book is available at the Center bookstore in Virginia Beach.)

The Book : The New Eight Steps to Happiness 

A detailed and practical explanation of one of Buddhism’s best-loved teachings, Eight Verses of Training the Mind, by the great Tibetan Bodhisattva, Langri Tangpa. Clear methods are simply presented for transforming all life’s difficulties into valuable spiritual insights, for improving our relationships, and for bringing greater patience, empathy and compassion into our daily life. These methods have inspired generations of Buddhist practitioners for almost a thousand years, and brought lasting peace, inspiration and serenity to countless people. Now, with this book, Venerable Geshe Kelsang shares the immeasurably rich insight of this ancient wisdom to help us find greater happiness and meaning in our busy, modern lives. With this revised presentation, The New Eight Steps to Happiness, Venerable Geshe-la re-introduces us to the essential practices of Training the Mind. He not only challenges our entire understanding of the world, but also challenges us to transform ourself into the greatest being we can possibly become!


The New Eight Steps to Happiness - Front Cover

Click Here for a preview of the book 

To find out more about the Foundation Program, to arrange to observe classes, or to join, please contact our Foundation Program Coordinator

To review the transcript of Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso intention in introducing this program: Wishfulfilling Jewels for Dharma Practitioners

About the Author:

Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso Rinpoches a fully accomplished meditation master and internationally renowned teacher of Buddhism who has pioneered the introduction of modern Buddhism into contemporary society. He is the author of 22 highly acclaimed books that perfectly transmit the ancient wisdom of Buddhism to our modern world. He has also founded over 1200 Kadampa Buddhist centers and groups throughout the world.










For those who would like to review the Class with consideration for joining. Contact 

Meeting Dates: Tuesdays
Time: 6:30pm  – 8:30pm
Location: Keajra Kadampa Buddhist Center

156 Newtown Road
Suite A2
Virginia Beach, VA 23462

Please Note: The Center is located in Newtown Professional Park, next to ECPI. Keajra Center has ample parking.
Teacher: Gen Kelsang Chogden is an American Buddhist nun and the Resident Teacher of Kadampa Meditation Center Maryland. Gen Chogden has been practicing Kadampa Buddhism for over 18 years under Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso, who gave her the title “Gen” indicating that she is a senior ordained teacher of the Kadampa Tradition.

Gen Chogden’s compassionate activities of teaching, guiding, and inspiring those around her are the result of her deep faith, clear wisdom, and heartfelt concern for others that brings true sincerity and humility to her life as a spiritual teacher.

Her teachings are always practical and easy to apply to everyday life. Through her gentle and joyful approach and her peaceful example, she has helped many people find true happiness in their hearts.

Cost: Students enroll by becoming Foundation Members.