Foundation Programme

The Foundation Programme (FP) at Ganden KBC provides an opportunity for residents and non-residents to engage in systematic study and meditation on the essential subjects of Kadampa Buddhism based on six books by Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso Rinpoche. The emphasis in the classes, which consist of teachings, meditation, and discussion, is on gaining practical experience of Buddha’s 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 have been coming to classes regularly and have been getting a lot out of your GP classes but feel you want to go a bit deeper with your study and practice – the systematic study of this essential Buddhist text on FP may be a perfect next step for you.

Cost of FP is through Gold Card annual membership. This costs £30 every month (£360 per year) and covers all your FP classes but also gives you unlimited access to drop-in classes, half-day courses, day retreats and discounts on special events. 

This Foundation Programme at Ganden KBC takes place on a Tuesday evening and is taught by our Resident Teacher Kelsang Chogma. The present book being studied is Joyful Path of Good Fortune by Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso Rinpoche. The study of this book began in September 2020.

With this book, Geshe Kelsang offers us step-by-step guidance on the meditation practices that will lead us to lasting inner peace and happiness. With extraordinary clarity, he presents all Buddha’s teachings in the order in which they are to be practised, enriching his explanation with stories and illuminating analogies. This is a perfect guidebook to the Buddhist path.





Tuesdays 7:00 – 9:00pm


Feb 2, 9, 23
Mar 2, 9, 16, 23, 30
Apr 20, 27
May 4, 11, 18, 25
Jun 8, 15, 22, 29
Jul 6, 13, 20

Joyful Path of Good Fortune Part 1 – details to follow

Foundation Programme taster

You can join the FP at any time of the year. If you’ve never studied on FP before you can join for a one month trial – this means that you get to taste all the benefits of being on FP and can make a more informed decision about enrolling after the taster.

Click here to complete an FP taster application form

For more information and enrolment please email