The perfection of wisdom is the realization of the true nature of reality motivated by compassion. All our suffering and problems come from our ignorance – not knowing the true nature of things. Therefore, if we train in the perfection of wisdom, we will solve these problems, enjoy deep peace of mind and bring happiness to those we love.

The New Heart of Wisdom by Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso explains how to do this training by revealing the profound meaning of the Heart Sutra – the very heart of Buddha’s teachings.

Join our committed study program and be guided through this incredible explanation of the Heart Sutra by Gen Kelsang Dornying, Resident Teacher of Kadampa Meditation Centre Australia.

Joining the program involves studying the entire book and attending all classes, one of which is an end-of-term exam. Each class consists of prayers, guided meditation and teaching.

For now this program will streamed live, but when the face-to-face classes restart there will also be group discussions. 


Wednesdays, 6.30-9pm

Live streamed at

To join this program, a trial must be completed. To organise this, please contact Chris Winn:


The teacher of the Foundation Program is Buddhist monk Gen Kelsang Dornying. Gen Dornying is the Resident Teacher of Kadampa Meditation Centre Australia located in Melbourne and has been teaching Kadampa Buddhism for over 15 years. He teaches all over Australia and is well loved for his sincerity, warmth and humility.


Many Buddhist practitioners have a sincere wish to deepen their knowledge and experience of Dharma and to gain authentic spiritual realisations through a structured programme of Dharma studies. The Committed Study Program is designed to fulfil this wish. It provides a systematic presentation of the basic subjects of Mahayana Buddhism and forms a perfect basis for a strong daily practice.

Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso says:

“Our present understanding and experience of Dharma [Buddha’s teachings] is quite superficial. There is a big gap between our mind and Dharma and we cannot apply Dharma in our daily lives. Our approach remains passive, like someone watching television, and our mind remains as uncontrolled as before. Why is this? It is because we are not studying systematically, according to a specially designed program. If we just pick at Dharma randomly we shall never gain deep and stable experience. For this reason the Foundation Program is very important.”