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In-depth study to increase our understanding and experience of Dharma.


“If we want true, lasting happiness we need to develop and maintain a special experience of inner peace. The only way to do this is to train our mind through spiritual practice.“

- Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso Rinpoche

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Foundation Program

Thursdays • 7 - 8:30pm
Taught in Philadelphia by Resident Teacher, Sarah Frew

Taught in Collingswood, NJ by Meditation Teacher, John Baker

For students who wish to deepen their study of Buddha’s teachings, KMC PHL offers Foundation Program (FP). Foundation Program students have the opportunity to study Buddhist texts in great detail with an experienced teacher, engage in one on one and group discussion, and ask questions. The Foundation Program is studying the text, The New Eight Steps to Happiness, by Ven. Geshe Kelsang Gyatso. Students are welcome to join the Foundation Program at any time. Everyone is welcome.

If you are interested in Foundation Program or have any questions, please contact the Education Program Coordinator at:

In person

Teacher Training Program

Sundays • 6 - 8pm and Mondays • 6 - 8pm
Taught by Resident Teacher, Sarah Frew

The purpose of the Teacher Training Program (TTP) is to provide an extensive presentation of Mahayana Buddhism, to enable practitioners to deepen their knowledge and experience of Buddhism, and to train as qualified New Kadampa Tradition Teachers.

The program comprises twelve subjects, based on Buddha’s Sutra and Tantra teachings and the corresponding commentaries by Ven. Geshe Kelsang Gyatso. The Teacher Training Program takes approximately twelve years to complete. Teacher Training students also make a commitment to engage in annual retreats and participate in weekly pujas (prayers).

TTP is currently studying the book Meaningful to Behold by Ven. Geshe Kelsang Gyatso. This book is a commentary to the famous Buddhist poem Guide to the Bodhisattva's Way of Life by Shantideva.

If you are interested in joining a formal study program, please contact the Education Program Coordinator at:

In person

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