Foundation Programme

TIME: 6.30 – 9.00 pm
COST: $75/month

The New Eight Steps to Happiness
The Buddhist Way of Loving Kindness

Part 2 starting 2 April – we are starting Part 2 of The New Eight Steps to Happiness

Everyone, whether religious or non-religious, is looking for happiness all the time and wants to be free from problems and suffering permanently. We can fulfil these wishes through understanding and practising the instructions given in this book.

– Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso Rinpoche

The New Eight Steps to Happiness is an immensely popular book in which the author, Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso Rinpoche, reveals powerful methods for developing universal love and compassion, the source of true happiness for both ourself and others.

Based on the famous Eight Verses of Training the Mind by the great Bodhisattva, Langri Tangpa, this inspiring book shows with extraordinary clarity how to transform all life’s difficulties into valuable spiritual insights that help us improve our relationships and develop greater patience, empathy and compassion in our daily life.


Anyone is welcome to join the Foundation Programme, but we generally recommend that you try the drop-in class General Programme first. Read about the 3 types of study programmes here.

You can also join FP at any time during the year. To participate you need to be able to commit to regular class attendance (this is not a ‘drop-in’ programme). You are welcome to try out two ‘taster’ classes before deciding if you want to enrol.

$75 /month (a lower rate is available if you are unemployed or unable to afford this amount). This covers attendance at FP, drop-in classes, and half-day courses, as well as reduced costs for weekend courses.

If you do not live locally you can study by correspondence (recordings of classes are provided).

If you would like to join FP, please contact the Centre at to discuss.


Amitabha Kadampa Buddhist Centre
174 Albert Street, Palmerston North