Foundation Programme

FP Dates

(These dates may be subject to change. Please keep in contact with the FP monitor or EPC).

June 10

June 17

June 24

July 1

July 8

July 15 with Group Discussion

Summer break

September 2

September 9

September 16

September 30

October 7

October 14

October 21

November 4

November 11

November 18

November 25

December 2

December 9

December 16


We are currently studying the book Joyful Path of Good Fortune.

This is an incredible opportunity to look at all of the stages of the path to Enlightenment. We are so lucky to be able to gain our own understanding and experience of the series of Lamrim meditations that form the core of a daily meditation practice.

Everyone is welcome to come along for a free taster session anytime.

The Foundation Programme (FP) provides an opportunity to engage in structured study and meditation on the essential subjects of Kadampa Buddhism based on six books by Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso Rinpoche.

Classes consist of teachings, meditation, and discussion. The emphasis is on gaining practical experience of the teachings that you can apply to your daily life.

FP is a tried and tested way 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.

If you feel you want to go a bit deeper with your study and practice – this systematic study of these essential Buddhist texts on FP may be a perfect next step for you.

“Our present understanding and experience of Dharma is quite superficial. We are like someone who has entered a huge food store and seen many things but sampled only a few. We may have received many different teachings from many different teachers, but we have taken in very little, just a few morsels.

There is a gap between us and the Dharma. It feels as if the Dharma is there and we are here. Our mind is not mixed with Dharma and so we cannot apply it in our daily lives. As a result our ordinary everyday problems remain. We also find it difficult to integrate our spiritual path into our daily lives so we cannot use this Dharma to solve our daily problems. When we study Dharma out mind remains passive, like someone watching television. Therefore our life and our Dharma remain completely separate and unrelated.

Why is this? It is because we are not studying and practicing systematically according to a specially designed spiritual program. If we just dabble superficially in a spiritual path we will never gain a deep and stable experience, and our wisdom will never develop to its full potential. This is why the spiritual programs offered by the New Kadampa Tradition are so important.” — Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso Rinpoche.

Books and subjects studied on the programme:

  • Joyful Path of Good Fortune, an explanation of the stages of the path to enlightenment
  • The New Heart of Wisdom, a commentary to the Heart Sutra.
  • How to Understand the Mind, an explanation of the types of mind
  • Universal Compassion, an explanation of the practices of Training the Mind (Lojong)
  • The New Eight Steps to Happiness, an explanation of the practices of Training the Mind (Lojong)
  • Meaningful to Behold the commentary to Guide to the Bodhisattva’s Way of Life

Two Ways to Join:

The recommended way to join is to attend classes in person, this way you will receive the most benefit from being with the group and taking part in discussions.

If you don’t live close enough to attend in person, you can join via correspondence.

Further information:

For more information please contact the Education Programme Coordinator on:

About the Teacher

Gen Kelsang Dragden presents Buddha’s teachings and meditations in an inspiring yet practical way. He is very skilled at explaining how to make these teachings immediately effective in our busy modern lives, to help both ourselves and everyone around us.