foundation study programme

The Foundation Program gives you the opportunity to engage in a structured study and meditation program on the essential teachings of the Buddhist spiritual path.

A Unique Study Programme

By studying on this program we shall gain great confidence in meditation – from basic techniques for overcoming our everyday problems to practices leading to unsurpassed happiness and permanent inner peace. Warm friendships develop as students inspire each other, sharing insights and experiences of the spiritual path.

What is the Structure?

The secret of the Foundation Program’s success lies in the manageable commitment made by the student and in the clear structure of study. Students sign up to study a book or part of a book, agree to attend every class, learn the material, and to take a test at the conclusion of the study. Class meets once a week for two hours. If for a suitable reason a student is not able to attend the class in person, he or she agrees to catch up by listening to a podcast of the class.

What Happens at a Class?

Prior to class, students study an assigned portion of the text, usually a few pages long, and memorize the essential points. The class begins with chanted prayers and guided meditation. The teacher then reads the assigned selection from the book while giving commentary to the text. The students then divide into pairs to discuss the material. The teacher and students conclude by deciding what to meditate on in the next class and how to practice during the coming week.

When is the Class?

Classes are held as follows:

Westville on Monday nights from 6.30pm – 8.30pm, 26 Menston Rd Westville

Umhlanga on Thursday nights from 6.30pm – 8.30pm, 122 Round the Green, Sunningdale / Umhlanga

 What is the Cost

The cost is R360 – R450 a month to become a monthly member which includes the Foundation Study Programme, free admission to General Program Classes at the Centre and branches, and discount on weekend events, and retreats at the Centre.

To find out more about the Foundation Program and how you can join, contact us at 031 266 0096 or email us

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