Thursday Evenings – In Depth Study and Meditation – Foundation Program


Thursdays, 6:30pm – 9:00pm. Universal Compassion: Inspiring Solutions for Difficult Times. Part III

Join In-Person or through Livestream. Correspondence option also available.

If you are interested in Finding out more about the Foundation Program email  or call 828-668-2241

1070 Tunnel Road, Bldg 2, Unit 20 (Behind Pomodoro’s), Asheville NC 28805
with Buddhist Teacher, Sharon Lovich

What is the Foundation Program?

The Foundation Program (FP) provides students with an opportunity to advance their understanding and practice of Buddha’s teachings through systematic study and meditation on the essential teachings of Mahayana Buddhism.  Foundation Program students study the following five subjects based on Buddha’s Sutra teachings and their corresponding commentaries by our teacher, Geshe Kelsang Gyatso:

  • The Stages of the Path to Enlightenment, or Kadam Lamrim, based on the commentary Joyful Path of Good Fortune
  • Training the Mind, or Kadam Lojong, based on two commentaries, The New Eight Steps to Happiness and Universal Compassion
  • The Heart Sutra, based on the commentary The New Heart of Wisdom
  • Guide to the Bodhisattva’s Way of Life, based on the commentary Meaningful to Behold
  • Types of Mind, based on the commentary How to Understand the Mind

The Benefits of the Foundation Program

Students in the FP have an opportunity to follow the same training followed by spiritual practitioners for generations, but without having to abandon their modern lifestyle.  Over time, students in FP find that their minds change for the better in significant ways:  through taking Buddha’s teachings as personal advice and striving to put them into practice in daily life, they gain authentic spiritual experience, solve their daily problems, improve their relationships at work and at home, and develop a good heart. * Read the benefits of the Foundation Program as presented by NKT founder, Geshe Kelsang Gyatso, in England in 1990.

The Commitments of the Foundation Program

Our General Program classes are offered on a drop-in basis and there are no requirements for attending.  As a more structured program of study, the FP does require students to make some basic commitments:

  • Students keep the intention to attend every class during the FP term (terms are August through late December and late January through June), and try not to miss more than two classes per term
  • Students read ahead and memorize the essential points of the text
  • Students memorize the root text and/or the condensed meaning of the text
  • Students take one exam per year to check their understanding of what they have studied
  • Students attend at least one group meditation / chanted prayer session per week (group meditations are also scheduled at various times)
  • Students pay a $60 per month fee (including during months when FP is not in session)

$60 per month (including during months when FP is not in session. All General Program Classes are included within your Monthly Foundation Program Supporting Membership as well as other discounts. 

Click here to see all the perks of your “Supporting Member” membership.

The Fall 2020 Semester begins Thursday August 20.. You’re welcome to try 2 classes at no cost and no commitment to see if you’re interested in the program. (Ongoing Open Enrollment ) We also have a correspondence option if you do not live in Asheville.

FP BOOK: Universal Compassion: Inspiring Solutions for Difficult Times

Practical instructions showing how to transform even the most difficult daily life experiences into opportunities for spiritual growth through developing and enhancing minds of universal love and compassion.

Universal Compassion is a commentary to the twelfth-century text on training the mind entitled Training the Mind in Seven Points which was composed by the great Tibetan Bodhisattva, Geshe Chekhawa.