Study Programmes

Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso, the Founder of the New Kadampa Tradition, designed the three study programmes:

These study programmes that are offered at Heruka KMC consists of systematic study and practice of Kadampa Buddhism that are especially suited to the modern world.

Why we need to study

There are three reasons why we need to study and practice the teachings of Buddha:

  • To develop our wisdom
  • To cultivate a good heart
  • To maintain a peaceful state of mind

If we do not strive to develop our wisdom, we shall always remain ignorant of ultimate truth – the true nature of reality. Although we wish for happiness, our ignorance leads us to engage in non-virtuous actions, which are the main cause of all our suffering.

If we do not cultivate a good heart, our 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.

For more information on the FP and TTP contact the Education Programme Coordinator

The benefits of the Foundation and Teacher Training Programme

Wishfulfilling Jewels for Dharma Practitioners, By Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso, is a transcript of a talk given by Geshe Kelsang Gyatso on the occasion of the inauguration of the Foundation Programme at Tara Centre, England, October 1990.


“Beginning the Foundation Program at a Center presents us with a great opportunity because this program fulfills both our own and others’ wishes. How does the Foundation Program fulfill our own wishes? continue reading…

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