Three Study Programmes
Geshe Kelsang Gyatso has designed three special spiritual study programmes for the systematic study and practice of Kadampa Buddhism that are especially suited to the modern world: the General Programme, the Foundation Program, and the Teacher Training Program.
The General Programme
The General Programme aims to introduce Buddhist concepts in a way that are relevant and accessible to modern people, without putting them under any pressure to become Buddhists themselves. This skilful way of integrating all Buddha’s teachings into daily life is the real defining characteristic of modern Kadampa Buddhism.
All our weekly classes and special events are part of the general programme, and everyone is welcome to come along.
The Foundation Programme
The Foundation Programme provides an opportunity to deepen our understanding and experience of Buddhism through a systematic study of six texts. It is designed for those people who wish to study Buddha’s teachings in more depth than is available at General classes. It takes a more structured approach and classes consist of readings, teachings, discussions, chanted prayers and meditations. Each subject concludes with an examination.
The Teacher Training Programme
The Teacher Training Programme is intended for people who wish to train as authentic Buddhist Teachers, and also for those who wish to gain a clear insight into Buddha’s teachings and deep experience of their practice. All qualified Kadampa Buddhist teachers follow this in-depth program of study and practice.
The programme involves the study of twelve texts, students are required to observe certain commitments with regard to behaviour and way of life, and to complete a number of meditation retreats.