About our In-Depth Study Program

Do you love Buddha’s teachings and feel that you would like to understand them in greater depth? Joining the Foundation study program (FP) is the perfect way to take the next step in your spiritual development.

On specially-designed, in-depth study program is called Foundation Program (FP). On this program, you will have the opportunity to:

  • Engage in systematic study of the books of renowned Buddhist Master, Geshe Kelsang Gyatso, receive commentary to these texts and learn how to integrate them into your daily life
  • Receive regular teachings from our Resident Teacher Diana Waterhouse who has over 15 years’ experience training in Kadampa Buddhism
  • Become a part of a spiritual community, connect with other practitioners and feel supported in your practice
  • Gain personal experience of the essential teachings of Kadampa Buddhism and make genuine progress on the path to liberation and enlightenment

Current Book of Study
How to Understand the Mind by Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso Rinpoche

Currently on FP, our Resident Teacher Diana Waterhouse is giving commentary to Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso’s extraordinary book How to Understand the Mind.

Through studying this book you will gain a deep insight into the nature and function of your mind and by applying these instructions in your daily life you will deepen your understanding of your own mind and experience deeper and deeper levels of inner peace, spiritual insight and happiness.

The first part of this book is a practical guide to developing and maintaining a light, positive mind. The second part describes different types of mind in detail, revealing the depth and profundity of the Buddhist understanding of the mind.

You are welcome to try out our In-Depth Study Program for free at anytime. If you would like to register for a free trial, please email See below for info on class times

Enrolling in Foundation Program

Joining FP involves enrolling for a section of the book and attending all the classes, one of which is an end of term exam. Each class consists of prayers, a guided meditation, teaching and discussion.

We recommend that you do a free trial class before joining FP. To register for a free trial class and to receive an information pack, or if you have anqy question, please email our Education Program Co-ordinator at

Foundation Study Program Fees:
$75 per month (Monthly fee includes attendance at all classes and day courses throughout Tasmania at no additional cost).

Class times:
Launceston: Mondays 6.30-8.30pm
Hobart: Wednesdays 6.30-8.30pm

You are welcome to try out our In-Depth Study Program for free at anytime. If you would like to register for a free trial, please email

Students from our regional branches may be able to join our correspondence study program, depending on where they live and if it is not possible for them to attend an in-person class – please contact us for more information about the correspondence program at or 0403 210 087

The Teacher

The Teacher of Foundation Program is our Resident Teacher, Diana Waterhouse.

Diana is a fully qualified teacher of the New Kadampa Tradition who has over 15 years experience studying and practising Buddhism with Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso Rinpoche.

Diana is well-loved for her thoughtful, practical and down-to-earth teachings. Diana presents Buddha’s teachings with warmth and sincerity, showing how we can easily integrate them into our daily life to make our life more happy, peaceful and meaningful.