Saturdays 4:00 – 7:00 pm

Location:Foundation Study Program

Mahamudra Kadampa Buddhist Center
Orange County
231 E Memory Lane
Santa Ana, CA  92705
949 350-3312

Study Text:

Joyful Path of Good Fortune


American Buddhist Monk
Gen Kelsang Tangpa

The Foundation Program (FP) is for students that have a deep appreciation for Buddha’s teachings having gained experience in the General Program Classes. When joining FP, you commit to completing the text that is being studied (or a section of the text if it is one of the longer ones). The length of the course will therefore depend on many factors, but we can say with confidence that “Joyful Path of Good Fortune” will likely take about 3 nine month terms to complete. Students make a commitment to complete one term.

The book “Joyful Path of Good Fortune” offers step-by-step guidance on the meditation practices that will lead us to lasting inner peace and happiness.  The text explains the Complete Buddhist Path to Enlightenment.

The Foundation Program has weekly reading assignments from the text. The class includes discussions and meditations on the week’s readings. Students are required to memorize the condensed meaning of the text. We analyze the text word by word, paragraph by paragraph in order to gain a deep inner experience of the teachings.

Please contact Gen Tangpa at (949) 350-3312 if you are interested in joining. Course Fee $75/month includes admission to all General Program class offerings.

The Foundation Program Format

If you’ve been attending the General Program classes at the Mahamudra Kadampa Buddhist Center, or a branch location, joining the Foundation Program is the next step in deepening your practical experience of Buddha’s teachings. FP classes are similar in format and depth to college-level classes. The program is based on a systematic study of six Kadampa Buddhist texts written by NKT founder Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso. These include: Joyful Path of Good Fortune, Universal Compassion, Eight Steps to Happiness, The New Heart of Wisdom, Meaningful to Behold, and How to Understand the Mind. Classes are taught by Resident Teacher Gen Tangpa.

These classes include: • Guided meditations • Commentary to the text by the teacher • Group discussion • Question & answer opportunities • The company of like-minded spiritual friends

The program comprises the following five subjects, based on Buddha’s Sutra teachings and the corresponding commentaries by Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso:

  1. The Stages of the Path to Enlightenment, based on the commentary Joyful Path of Good Fortune
  2. Training the Mind, based on the commentaries Universal Compassion and Eight Steps to Happiness
  3. The Heart Sutra, based on the commentary The New Heart of Wisdom
  4. Guide to the Bodhisattva’s Way of Life, based on the commentary Meaningful to Behold
  5. Types of Mind, based on the commentary How to Understand the Mind