In-depth study – Foundation Programme

Foundation Programme (FP) is an ongoing, twice-weekly course on Buddhism and meditation. The course is suitable for anyone who has already attended regular drop-in (GP) classes and/or day courses at the Centre and who is interested in taking their understanding of Buddhist meditation and wisdom further. It is also an opportunity to become more involved in community activities and events. We can enjoy the friendship and support of fellow practitioners as well as the joy of helping to flourish Dharma at our Centre.

How do I start?

As we are currently three-quarters of the book Meaningful to Behold, we suggest that you hold your wish to join until we start the next book. This will be sometime during the autumn of 2018.

If you haven’t already done so, this will also give you time to join us for some General Programme (drop-in) classes, branch classes, half day or day courses. You will then get to know your fellow future students and gain some experience of meditation and Buddhist teachings.

If you would like us to contact you nearer the time please contact us using the form provided.

When you join the Foundation Programme you commit to studying one book. This can take differing lengths of time depending on which book is being studied.

The benefits of studying on FP

There are three reasons why we benefit from the study and practice of Buddhism and meditation:

  • Increase wisdom
  • Cultivate a good heart
  • Maintain a peaceful state of mind

Although we wish for happiness, ignorance leads us to engage in negative actions which are the main cause of all our suffering; therefore we need to develop our wisdom. If we do not cultivate a good heart, a selfish motivation destroys harmony and good relationships with others. We have no peace and no chance to gain pure happiness. Without inner peace, outer peace is impossible. If we do not maintain a peaceful state of mind we are not happy even if we have ideal conditions. On the other hand, when our mind is peaceful we are happy even if our external conditions are unpleasant. Therefore, the development of these qualities is of utmost importance for our daily happiness.

What to expect

In each class there are guided meditations, teachings on the book and discussion in pairs. Every fifth or sixth class is a group discussion which enables students to ask questions and clarify the meaning of the text.

What are we studying?

We are currently studying Meaningful to Behold by Geshe Kelsang Gyatso. A highly acclaimed commentary to the verse-masterpiece Guide to the Bodhisattva’s Way of Life that gives practical advice for developing all the qualities we need to attain enlightenment. We are learning how to cultivate love and compassion, how we can genuinely benefit others and how to practise the methods that lead us to enlightenment.

Try out FP

One month trial

We offer a 4 week trial and the cost is £35. During the trial you are welcome to attend all the other classes and events at the Centre for free (excludes social events, fundraisers and food at workshops). At the end of the trial we contact you to see if you would like to continue on the programme. If you continue the programme the monthly fee is £35 by standing order.

As we are currently three-quarters of the way through a book we suggest that you hold your wish to join until we start a new book. This is likely to be in Autumn 2018. If you would like us to contact you then please fill in the form below, telephone or email us.

Register interest in FP

Study options

In order to facilitate your learning we offer flexible study options so you can participate in the study of meditation & Buddhism that is suitable for you.

Class attendance – FP is taught at the centre and the usual method is by attending as many sessions as you can manage. It is very beneficial to attend these classes to meet with fellow students and share your experiences as well as develop and enjoy the support of a spiritual community.

Distance learning – For students for whom travel is an obstacle, there is an option to receive the teachings via downloads. Please contact us at to discuss this option.