In-Depth Study

In-Depth Study



Tuesday Evenings
7 - 9pm


Classes are currently held online


(Free for Members)
Enrollment required

In-Depth Study
Foundation Programme

How to Understand the Mind

The Foundation Programme (FP) is open to everyone and you can join at any point in the year. Through in-depth study and practice on the programme, we learn how to integrate all the meditation practises and wisdom advice from Buddha – on how to solve our problems and reach our full potential – into our normal daily life. In this way we gradually find a deep inner peace and happiness in our lives. 

The Foundation Programme offers a structured approach to learning Buddhist meditation and practice through the study of a particular book, with classes consisting of preliminary prayers, guided meditations, teachings and discussion.

The Foundation Programme will be studying the book ‘How to Understand the Mind’ by Geshe Kelsang Gyatso starting Tuesday 16 June 2020. This inspiring book offers us deep insights into the nature and extraordinary potential of our mind. It shows how an understanding of the mind can be used practically in everyday experience to significantly improve our inner peace, happiness and quality of life.

The book includes a practical guide for developing and maintaining a light positive mind – showing how to recognise and abandon states of minds that harm us, and to replace them with peaceful beneficial ones. It also describes different types of mind in detail, revealing the depth and profundity of the Buddhist understanding of the mind. The book concludes with a detailed explanation of meditation, showing how by controlling and transforming our mind we can attain a lasting state of joy, independent of external conditions.

The Teacher

Kelsang Tara is the Resident Teacher of Kadampa Meditation Centre Auckland. Tara has been studying and practising Kadampa Buddhism for many years, and ordained as a Buddhist nun in 2015. Tara’s inspiring teachings reflect her sincere wish to help those in need and to share her experience of Buddha’s life-changing instructions with others. She shows a humble, kind example and inspires students to make their lives happy and meaningful by integrating Buddhist wisdom into their everyday lives.Tara will be teaching weekly online meditation classes as well as online half-day workshops and the Foundation Programme study class.

Fees & Enrolment

The Foundation Programme fee is $95 per month. By joining the Foundation Programme, you will enjoy all the benefits of 'Friend Of The Centre' membership. For more information visit our membership page

As this is an in-depth class with some commitments, enrolment is required. However, you are welcome to come along and try it out to begin with. Please contact for more information and to enroll.

The Benefits

Buddhism teaches that to find lasting happiness and meaning in our lives we need to follow a spiritual path. To follow this path it is important to have a close connection with a qualified teacher who can give us personal advice and encouragement, to listen to pure Dharma teachings and to be a part of a strong spiritual community. In this way we are able 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.
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