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FOUNDATION PROGRAM (FP)


Foundation Program or FP is a tried and tested way to gain a deeper understanding of the meaning of Buddha’s teachings, maintain a daily meditation practice that is both focused and powerful, and make genuine spiritual progress. If you have been coming to classes regularly and have been getting a lot out of your General Program classes but feel you want to go a bit deeper with your study and practice - the systematic study of this essential Buddhist text on FP may be a perfect next step for you.

This Foundation Program at KMC LA takes place on a Thursday morning, Thursday evening and Monday evening. The present book being studied in all three classes is Joyful Path of Good Fortune by Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso Rinpoche. 


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Gen Kelsang Rigpa | Teaches Thursday morning & Thursday evening FP Classes

Gen Kelsang Rigpa is an American Buddhist monk and Resident Teacher at Kadampa Meditation Center LA. His heartfelt and practical teachings are presented with warmth and humor, making them accessible to everyone. Through clearly presenting the teachings of Buddha, he is able to help people from all walks of life discover for themselves how to integrate wisdom, compassion and spiritual power into their modern life.

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Gen Kelsang Rak-ma | Teaches Sunday afternoon FP Class

Kelsang Rak-ma is an American Buddhist nun who studies and teaches at Kadampa Meditation Center LA. Her light-hearted teachings are presented with clarity and joy. She truly represents what it means to be on the "Joyful Path".

Venue

Kadampa Meditation Center LA
4953 Franklin Ave Los Angeles, CA 
Free street parking is available

COVID Protocol
  • Masks required indoors
  • Moderate spacing between seats in meditation room
  • Air purifiers + HVAC filtration + fresh air flow
Community
Because the class meets weekly, Foundation Program students are able to grow and stabilize their connection to the teachings and one another, week by week. This happens formally in class during group discussion and also after classes and during other Center functions.
Livestream Info
  • This class is available livestream
  • By enrolling in the FP program you receive access to the livestream link
  • No video replay is available for FP
Venue

Kadampa Meditation Center LA
4953 Franklin Ave Los Angeles, CA 
Free street parking is available

COVID Protocol
  • Masks required indoors
  • Moderate spacing between seats in meditation room
  • Air purifiers + HVAC filtration + fresh air flow
Community
Because the class meets weekly, Foundation Program students are able to grow and stabilize their connection to the teachings and one another, week by week. This happens formally in class during group discussion and also after classes and during other Center functions.
Livestream Info
  • This class is available livestream
  • By enrolling in the FP program you receive access to the livestream link
  • No video replay is available for FP
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Kadampa Meditation Center LA

4953 Franklin Ave.

About the Center

Getting to the Center is simple. We're on the corner of Franklin Ave and Kenmore in the neighborhood of Los Feliz. Street parking is available in the surrounding neighborhoods, usually within a block or two of the Center's front door.

Originally a church built in 1937, KMC Los Angeles offers prime visibility on a busy east-west thoroughfare in a popular, trendy section of LA. The Meditation Hall features 25-foot high, vaulted, original wood ceilings, stained glass and seating for 250 people, including a balcony area. There is a small house on the property with three residents, and the second floor of the Temple, behind the balcony, is currently being renovated to accommodate four more residents.

KMC Los Angeles is located in a beautiful, dynamic neighborhood, walking distance from cafes and coffee shops, hiking distance from Griffith Park Observatory, and a short drive to iconic beaches, scenic hikes and the famed Hollywood Boulevard.

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About Our Community

Everyone is welcome

Getting to the Center

Community is important to us. The way of being at the Center exemplifies how Kadampa Buddhist practices and modern life go hand in hand. We integrate the teachings we receive into the activities and dialogue that make up our Center life. It feels simple, harmonious and easy to enjoy your inner and outer environment.

Our Founder and Spiritual Teacher Geshe Kelsang Gyatso often says, "everyone welcome!" Yes, everyone is welcome to join the Center, its classes, events and practices regardless of faith, ethnicity, gender and so on. We know that everyone benefits from Buddha's teachings and we're delighted to have our doors open to help make that happen.

Did you know that all our classes and events are run by a volunteer team of 60+?! Check out the video below: