Foundation Programme

Class Details

Wednesday Evenings 7.00pm – 9.45pm

With: Resident Teacher Kadam Chris Heyes


Nagarjuna Kadampa Meditation Centre
17 Guildhall Lane, Leicester LE1 5FQ
directly behind Leicester Cathedral

A Special Study & Meditation Class

The Foundation Programme is a specially designed study class that functions to increase our understanding and deepen our experience of Buddhist Meditation.

“The purpose of meditation is to make our mind calm and peaceful, if our mind is peaceful we shall be free from worries and mental discomfort, and so we shall experience true happiness; but if our mind is not peaceful, we shall find it very difficult to be happy, even if we are living in the very best conditions. If we train in meditation, our mind will gradually become more and more peaceful, and we shall experience a purer and purer form of happiness. Eventually we shall be able to stay happy all the time, even in the most difficult circumstance” Geshe Kelsang Gyatso

If you wish to go deeper in your understanding and practice you can join the Foundation Programme (FP).  FP is a fully structured study programme designed by Venerable Geshe-la to enhance our understanding, experience and practice of meditation, giving us great confidence to solve all our problems and experience deep and lasting happiness.

We are currently studying ‘How to Understand the Mind, by Geshe-la. ‘ This book offers us deep insight into our mind, and shows how an understanding of its nature and function can be used practically in everyday experience to improve our lives’ Geshe Kelsang Gyatso. You can join at any time and receive great benefit. The study class is open to everyone.

The Teacher


Kadam Chris Heyes is the Resident Teacher of Nagarjuna Leicester Kadampa Meditation Centre.  He is a dedicated student of Geshe Kelsang Gyatso and has been studying and practising Kadampa Buddhism for over 25 years.

Kadam Chris is married with two children and shows by example how to integrate meditation into a busy family life.  His teachings are always practical and easy to apply to everyday life. Through his gentle and joyful approach and his peaceful example, he has helped many people find true happiness in their hearts. Kadam Chris is also a renowned Kadampa Buddhist artist. Other events with Kadam Chris.



Course fees and booking

The study programme is open to everyone and is from 7.00pm – 9.45pm every Wednesday. If you are interested in enrolling, or require further information or you would like a three week trial period you can contact the Education Programme Coordinator on 0116 262 0317 or email:

To become a member click here

Term Dates

Feb  8   – Apr 5   |  Apr 26 – May 24 | Jun 7 – Jul 19     |  Sep  6 – Oct 4 | Oct 18 – Dec 6

About Kadampa Meditation Center Leicester

Located in the heart of Leicester, Nagarjuna Kadampa Meditation Center provides meditation classes and events and is home to the World Peace Cafe.

We have daily lunchtime classes from Mondays to Fridays 12.30pm – 1.00pm, so if you are shopping or working in town, why not drop-in for a relaxing meditation.

We offer evening drop-in classes on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, Sunday am (Free class once a month) Sunday pm, which is suitable for all, we also so have Saturday morning half-day courses, perfect introductory courses for beginners, or new to meditation. We also have day courses and our very popular Meditation and Meal evenings.

We also have Foundation Programme on Wednesday evenings which is a special meditation and study group for those wishing to deepen their understanding of Buddha’s teachings.

Our vegetarian World Peace Cafe is open from Mondays – Saturdays from 10.30am, our cafe is run by volunteers from all over the world. Our Cafe is closed the first Monday of each month.

To keep in touch with all the events happening at the centre, you can subscribe to our newsletter on our Home page or subscribe to our events page on Facebook. Visit meditate.leicester .

You can contact us during working hours 11.00am – 4.00pm 0n 0116 262 0317, if we are not available you can leave a voice message or  you can email us at