Foundation Programme

The Foundation Programme (FP) at Tushita KMC is an inspiring study programme that is specifically designed to improve our understanding and experience of meditation and Buddha’s teachings through a systematic study of six of Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso’s books. The classes offer us the opportunity to study Buddhism and meditation closely with a qualified teacher, and include guided meditation, teaching and discussion. Through following this programme we will gain authentic realisations of Buddha’s teachings, and we learn everything about meditation from basic techniques that help us solve our daily problems to practices that lead to the most supreme happiness and inner peace. Furthermore, on FP we often meet new friends with whom we can share our insights and experience of the spiritual path. The teacher of FP is Gen Kelsang Namkhyen.

Joyful Path of Good Fortune

The path to the supreme happiness of enlightenment

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.

With this book, 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. With extraordinary clarity, he presents Buddha’s teachings in the order in which they are they are to be practised, enriching his explanation with stories and analogies.

A perfect guidebook to the Buddhist path.

Where and when is Foundation Programme?

FP is on Monday evenings from 7 to 9pm at Tushita KMC, 47 Trill Rd, Observatory, Cape Town.

What commitments are involved?

Participants enrol for a book or a section of a book at a time and then may study and remain on the programme for as long as they wish.

With each course participants undertake to strive to:

  • attend all classes
  • study and memorize the essential points of the subject
  • sit an exam at the end of each book or section of a book
Is it possible to follow the programme online?

Yes, it is possible to follow the programme online if you live too far away, or if there is another good reason for not being able to attend in-person. In that case you can follow the classes live on Zoom.

How can I enrol?

In order to enrol you would need to have been to at least some drop-in meditation classes in order to have a basic understanding of Buddhism. You can then come along to sample an FP class before deciding whether to enrol. You can join at any stage of the book that is being studied.

Students who enrol on the Foundation Programme automatically become a Member of the Centre, which includes a monthly membership fee, starting at R400 per month. For more information about the membership options please click here.

If you have a question about FP or wish to join please contact Tushita KMC’s Education Programme Coordinator on 071 540 8855 or email