Foundation Programme

Join this programme to enjoy more in-depth study and practice of the Buddhist path to inner peace and enlightenment.

This special study programme is a great next-step after attending the drop-in classes and it has many benefits, including:
* There’s continuity from class to class as the teachings and meditations are based on a specific book 
* The class has a structure that promotes a deeper experience of meditation and practical application of the teachings
* There’s a group discussion every fourth class to discuss any questions 
* As there’s a commitment to attend every class, it’s easy to make friends with other students and enjoy the support of a sangha community.

The author of the books we study, Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso Rinpoche, is the founder of the New Kadampa Tradition. Geshe-la, as we affectionately call him, has introduced a special presentation of Buddha’s teachings that we call Modern Buddhism. This way of studying and practising Dharma (Buddha’s teachings) is suitable to our busy modern way of life.

Students enrol on the FP and commit to attending each class and completing the study of a particular book, or a section of one of the larger books, which usually takes around a year to complete. We have class breaks that generally tie in with school holidays. There’s also a commitment to sit a test at the end of the book/section to see what you can recall of the text from memory. 

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. 

Foundation Programme (FP) taster month

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. 

FP taster details:
On the first day of the month in which you’ll be doing your FP trial, please send a bank transfer for £30 to join the Gold Card scheme for that month. The Gold Card gives you access to all the FP classes that month – plus all the drop-in classes, half-day courses, day retreats, and also 50% off Sunday Out and special events for that month. 
Once you have sent the bank transfer please let us know by email and we will send you details of all the FP classes for that month. If you are unable to do a bank transfer on the first of the month then please contact us to arrange paying cash. 

If you’d like to do a month’s FP taster please email



Friday FP 

Book: The New Eight Steps to Happiness
Fridays 7.00pm – 9.00 pm
Teacher: Buddhist nun Kelsang Chogma

Based on the famous Eight Verses of Training the Mind by the great Tibetan Bodhisattva, Langri Tangpa, this inspiring book reveals essential methods for transforming all life’s difficulties into valuable spiritual insights and for developing universal love and compassion, the source of true happiness for both self and others.






Wednesday FP 

Book: Universal Compassion
Wednesdays 10am – 12 noon
Teacher: Buddhist nun Kelsang Chogma

Practical instructions showing how to transform even the most difficult daily life experiences into opportunities for spiritual growth through developing and enhancing minds of universal love and compassion.