Foundation Programme

Deepen your understanding and enhance your meditation skills with the Foundation Programme. FP runs weekly throughout the year, offering structured study of modern Buddhist texts. Classes include guided meditation, teaching and group discussion, all aimed at enabling students to develop their daily practice and support each other to become skilful meditation practitioners. FP courses are focused around the systematic study of Geshe Kelsang Gyatso’s modern Buddhist texts. As an FP student you will have the opportunity to:
  • Improve your meditation through regular practice
  • Receive detailed commentary to the works of Geshe Kelsang Gyatso
  • Explore in depth how to apply Buddhist wisdom practically in daily life
  • Share your experience with like-minded people and make new friends
For more information contact the Education Programme Coordinator at Heruka KMC on 020 8455 7563.

Wednesday evenings 7pm – 9.15pm

with Kadam John McBretney, Resident Teacher of Heruka KMC

New Eight Steps to Happiness. 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.

Foundation Programme FAQs

Who is FP for?

Anybody who wishes to deepen their understanding of Buddhism through structured study is welcome to join Foundation Programme. Most FP students begin by attending weekly GP classes where they gain a good understanding of the essential practices of Kadampa Buddhism. FP is the ideal next step for those who want to deepen their practice.  

How long does FP last?

FP students sign up to study one book at a time, following a yearly schedule in line with the academic calendar. Once a student has completed an FP course they have the opportunity to progress to another subject.

How much does FP cost?

Students pay £55 per month for the duration of the course including breaks. This includes free attendance of any weekly GP class and Heruka KMC’s day courses.

When can I join FP?

Students can generally join FP at any point in the course. Please contact the Education Programme Coordinator to discuss.

How can I find out more?

If you have any questions or would like to discuss the possibility of joining FP please call the Education Programme Coordinator on 020 8455 7563 or email

What texts will I study on Foundation Programme?

FP comprises five subjects based on Buddha’s Sutra teachings and the corresponding six commentaries by Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso: book-jpgf-65-99The Stages of the Path to Enlightenment, based on the commentary Joyful Path of Good Fortune. By studying Joyful Path of Good Fortune we gain the ability to put all Buddha’s teachings of both Sutra and Tantra into practice. We can easily make progress on and complete the stages of the path to the supreme happiness of enlightenment. From a practical point of view, the Stages of the Path is the main body of Buddha’s teachings, and the other teachings are like its limbs. book-uc-65-99 books-esh-65-98 Training the Mind, based on Universal Compassion and Eight Steps to Happiness.Universal Compassion is a commentary to Bodhisattva Chekhawa’s ‘Training the Mind in Seven Points’. By studying Universal Compassion, we gain the ability to integrate Buddha’s teachings into our daily lives and solve all our human problems. Eight Steps to Happiness is a commentary to ‘Eight Verses of Training the Mind’ composed by the great Tibetan Bodhisattva Langri Tangpa. By studying Eight Steps to Happiness, we can transform all life’s difficulties into valuable spiritual insights. The Heart Sutra, based on the commentary The New Heart of Wisdom. Through studying Heart of Wisdom we gain a realization of the ultimate nature of reality. By gaining this realization we can eliminate the ignorance of self-grasping, which is the root of all our suffering.   book-mtb-95-102Guide to the Bodhisattva’s Way of Life, based on the commentary Meaningful to Behold. By studying Meaningful to Behold we transform our daily activities into the Bodhisattva’s way of life, thereby making every moment of our human life meaningful.   book-htutm-65-95Types of Mind, based on the commentary How to Understand the Mind. By studying How to Understand the Mind we understand the relationship between our mind and its external objects. If we understand that objects depend upon the subjective mind, we can change the way objects appear to us by changing our own mind. Gradually we shall gain the ability to control our mind and in this way solve our problems. Got a question about FP? Contact Heruka KMC’s Education Programme Coordinator on 020 8455 7563 or email

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