Foundation Programme (FP)


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.

Introductory talk 

Available here from Thursday 17th September 2020 at 7:00pm




You are welcome to join the programme at any time, but as this is a more in-depth class we normally encourage people to start first with the drop-in classes. Please contact us to arrange a free taster session – email or ask at one of our drop-in classes.

When you join the Foundation Programme, you commit to studying one book – or section of a as appropriate. This can take differing lengths of time, depending on which book is being studied, and how far through we are.

What to expect

The programme consists of a dynamic combination of teachings, meditation, and discussion, all of which enable us to go deeper into the layers of meaning within each book that we study.  All of this helps us to make real progress along our spiritual path.

The programme runs to normal school term times. Each class consists of preliminary prayers, guided meditation and reading from the book with commentary and discussion.

What we are studying

We are currently studying the book The New Eight Steps to Happiness. This wonderful book by Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso includes 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.


Kadampa Meditation Centre Nottingham (Gedling House, Wood Lane) & via Zoom



Time: 7pm – 9pm