Universal Compassion

The essence of Dharma practice is training the mind: cultivating peaceful and positive states of mind and reducing the negative states of mind which destroy our happiness. By developing a kind heart and strength of mind, we can fulfill all our own and others wishes and awaken our potential for limitless good qualities.

Join our committed study program in Coconut Grove studying Universal Compassion, an inspiring and empowering book that gives us the confidence and tools to train our mind and thus achieve this inner transformation. Taught by Kadampa Meditation Centre Australia’s Resident Teacher, Gen Kelsang Dornying, this course offers the perfect opportunity to take your practice to a deeper level.

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


Wednesdays, 6.30-9pm, Family Planning Welfare Association,
Family Planning Training Room, parking and entry is from Unit 14 at rear of Clock Tower Shops, Dick Ward Drive. view google map

Recommences February 2020. Cost: $100 per month (For those enrolled in the program, all other talks and courses we hold in Darwin are available free of charge.)

For more information, please contact: education@kadampa.org.au


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 Foundation 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.”