Foundation Program

Starts Mon 17 October • 6.30-8.30pm at Chifley

Email us to book your free trial class

The purpose of Foundation Program (FP) is to provide a systematic presentation of Buddha’s teachings, so that we can deepen our knowledge and experience of wisdom.


The classes are held most Mondays between 6.30-8.30pm.


At Bodhisattva Kadampa Buddhist Centre, Chifley Health & Wellness Hub, 70 Maclaurin Crescent, Chifley


$100/month which gives you admission to all our other classes and workshops at no extra cost.

FP is starting the book The New Eight Steps to Happiness by Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso. Through studying and practising the instructions in this book we can transform all life’s difficulties into valuable spiritual insights, and make every moment of our life meaningful.

Each class includes guided meditation, an in-depth teaching, a chance to discuss your insights with others, and chanted prayers in English.

The Teacher

Kelsang Dana is the Resident Teacher of Bodhisattva Kadampa Buddhist Centre in Canberra. Dana has been practising Buddhist meditation for over 12 years. Through her joyful and loving aspect, Dana is able to communicate the essential points of meditation and Buddhism in a way that makes people feel confident, uplifted and encouraged.


Do I need previous experience?

Everyone is welcome to join FP. However, if you haven’t yet been to our drop-in classes, these can be the best place to start.  These classes give you an introduction to modern Buddhism without needing to make any commitments. You can find information about our drop-in classes in Turner here and Chifley here. We also run monthly workshops.

Can I join anytime?

You can join FP at any time – you don’t need to wait for the start of a new book or section. Email us for a free trial class at

I'm not sure if FP is for me - can I try it out first?

Yes! Contact us at to arrange coming along to try a class.

Do I need to bring anything?

You’ll find it useful to bring a notebook and pen to take notes during the teaching for future reference. Once you decide to enrol, you will need a copy of the book, The New Eight Steps to Happiness, which you can purchase from our bookshop at the Centre or online.

How often are classes held?

Classes are held approximately 3 Mondays each month. A schedule is prepared a few months in advance so you can make plans for holidays etc.

I have more questions, who can I ask?

You’re welcome to give us a call on 0477 044 607, email us at or message us via Facebook Messenger from the home page of our website.

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