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“Being part of the Foundation Program is essential to my joy and well-being, and my life would have no meaning without it. Studying in the Foundation Program is an opportunity not to be missed! I wish that everyone would join and benefit from it.”


Foundation Program

Enrollment Based

The Foundation Program (FP) is designed for students who have gained a basic understanding of Kadampa Buddhist practice and are interested in pursuing a formalized and committed study program.

Each class consists of preliminary prayers, meditation, teaching and discussion. Students commit to study a book together and to attend all classes whether online or in-person.

By studying on this program we shall gain great confidence in building our spiritual practice as well as experience the support of Sangha community. 

We offer two FP classes. See below for further information. 




How to Understand the Mind, The Nature and Power of the Mind by Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso Rinpoche

​This book offers a deep insight into our mind and shows how an understanding of its nature and functions can be used practically in everyday experience to improve our lives.

​The first part is a practical guide to developing and maintaining a light, positive mind. We learn how to recognize and abandon states of mind that harm us and to replace them with peaceful and beneficial ones.

​The second part describes different types of mind in detail, revealing the depth and profundity of the Buddhist understanding of the mind. In particular, it reveals the process we go through in abandoning wrong and mistaken minds and eventually attaining qualified spiritual realizations.​

The book concludes with a practical explanation of fourteen meditations that comprise the Buddhist path to enlightenment.

For each meditation, there is an explanation of:

1. The purpose of the meditation
2. The object of the meditation
3. The actual meditation



Kelsang Jangchen

Kelsang Jangchen is an American Buddhist nun ordained by Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso Rinpoche. With many years of teaching experience, she is appriciated for her clear and practical teachings, as well as her relatable examples that bring the material to life.



Thursdays: 7:00-9:00pm
Sundays: 7:00-9:00pm

Class goes on a break for Mountain Retreat, between Spring and Summer Festivals, and for Fall Festival.



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Mary Harvey


Universal Compassion, Inspiring Solutions for Difficult Times by Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso Rinpoche

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.



Kerrin Perniciaro

Education Program Coordinator and Second Teacher at IKRC Grand Canyon

Kerrin Perniciaro was appointed Education Program Coordinator and Second Teacher at IKRC Grand Canyon in the summer of 2023, after successfully completing the six-month Intensive Teacher Training Program at Manjushri Kadampa Meditation Center in Ulverston, UK, under the tutelage of Gen-la Kelsang Khyenrab. Prior to that, she worked a seven-month stint as Assistant Administrative Director at Kadampa Meditation Center Los Angeles from June 2022 – January 2023. Before moving to LA, she served as Education Program Coordinator at Kadampa Meditation Center Long Island in Huntington, NY, where she was a member of the Teacher Training Program and taught kids and teens classes, branch meditation classes, and had the opportunity to lead several retreats.



Sundays: 3:00-5:00pm / Class will begin October 6, 2024

Class goes on a break for Mountain Retreat, between Spring and Summer Festivals, and for Fall Festival.



Kindly inform us of the state you reside in and specify the program to which you are applying by using the button below.

Class guidelines:

• Read designated pages before class
• Attend class in-person or online
• At the end of the teaching participate in a brief paired discussion to review what was taught
• Participate in group discussion every few classes
• At the completion of the book take an exam on the material studied as a way to internalize the teachings


In 1990, Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso gave a talk about the Foundation Program and its purpose. Read the transcript of this talk below:

How to join the Foundation Program

The fee is $65 per month which includes membership for the Foundation Program and admission to all General Program classes. Membership also includes 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

Please contact us if you have any questions.

Books Studied

On the Foundation Program we study six books written by Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso Rinpoche. The purpose of the FP is to provide a systematic presentation of particular subjects of Mahayana Buddhism to enable practitioners to deepen their knowledge and experience of Buddhism.

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 The New 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

Our FP classes are complemented by additional weekend courses and retreats which generally cover related content. Check out our upcoming courses and retreats

If you have been coming for awhile, and would like to deepen your experience, consider joining our Foundation Program or Teacher Training Program.

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General Program


If you are attending classes both in-person or online on a regular basis, consider becoming a member. Your membership benefits both you and supports the Temple. We offer 3 levels of membership enrollment.


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