Online study programmes

The Teacher Training Programme (TTP) and Foundation Programme (FP) are inspiring study programmes that have been specially designed to develop and enhance our understanding and practical experience of Buddha’s teachings through systematic study. It is designed for those people who wish to study Buddha’s teachings in more depth than is available at General Programme classes. It takes a more structured approach and classes consist of teachings, chanted prayers and guided meditations.

When you join you agree to come to every class, but you are welcome to come along to a couple of classes first to see if you would like to sign up. For costs, see Membership. For more information please contact us here.

Foundation Programme

Thursday Evening FP

Foundation Programme with Kadam Chris Heyes

If you wish to deepen your understanding of Modern Buddhism. The Foundation Programme (FP) provides an outstanding opportunity to engage in structured and systematic study and meditation on the essential subjects of Kadampa Buddhism based on six books by Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso. In 2020 we are studying Joyful Path of Good Fortune.
Online Foundation Programme Classes are run on Thursdays 7pm- 9pm

The Book

A clear and comprehensive explanation of the entire path to enlightenment. We all have the potential for self-transformation, and a limitless capacity for the growth of good qualities, but to fulfil this potential we need to know what to do along every stage of our spiritual journey. With this book, Geshe Kelsang offers us step-by-step guidance on the meditation practices that will lead us to lasting inner peace and happiness. With extraordinary clarity, he presents all Buddha’s teachings in the order in which they are to be practised, enriching his explanation with stories and illuminating analogies. This is a perfect guidebook to the Buddhist path.

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The Teacher

Kadam Chris Heyes is the Resident Teacher at Nagarjuna Leicester KMC. He is a dedicated student of Geshe Kelsang Gyatso and has been studying and practising Kadampa Buddhism for over 27 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.

Sunday FP

Sunday Evening FP

Sundays 4 – 6pm  
with Kelsang Kunden

This class is live-streamed, so you have to be there at the scheduled time!

For class dates, see the calendar

The Book

This book offers us deep insight into our mind, and shows how an understanding of its nature and functions can be used practically in every day experience to improve our lives.

Part 1 is a practical guide to developing and maintaining a light, positive mind – showing how to recognize and abandon states of mind that arms us, and to replace them with peaceful and beneficial ones.

Part 2 describes different types of mind in detail, revealing the depth and profundity of the Buddhist understanding of the mind. It concludes with a detailed explanation of meditation, showing how by controlling and transforming our mind we can attain a lasting state of joy, independent of external conditions.

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The Teacher

The programme teacher is Kelsang Kunden, who is on the Teacher Training Programme and has been practising Buddhism for over 20 years.

Evening FP

Thursday Evening FP

Thursdays 7 – 9pm
with Pet Finden

Each teaching will also be available for 72 hours after the class time.

For class dates, see the calendar

The Book

Many people have the compassionate wish to benefit others, but few understand how to accomplish this successfully in daily life. Bodhisattvas are friends of the world, who have such strong compassion that they are able to transform all their daily activities into ways of benefiting others. The path of the Bodhisattva was exquisitely explained in the universally loved poem Guide to the Bodhisattva’s Way of Life by the 8th century master Shantideva. With this commentary, the full effectiveness and profundity of this wonderful poem are revealed in full and made applicable for our time. This practical handbook is essential for those wishing to follow a way of life characterised by greater empathy and compassion for others.

Our present situation can be understood in terms of the following analogy. If a person comes across a nugget of gold but does not recognize its rarity and worth, he may easily throw it away. At this moment we have attained a precious human life far more valuable than gold, but if we do not recognize its worth we are apt to squander it in meaningless and purposeless pursuits.

Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso Rinpoche

This highly acclaimed work is based on the great Indian Buddhist Master Shantideva’s famous spiritual poem Guide to the Bodhisattva’s Way of Life, one of the best loved and most important Mahayana Buddhist texts, which reveals with poetic beauty and deep spiritual insight how to enter, make progress on, and complete the Buddhist path to enlightenment.

Shortly after he arrived at Manjushri Kadampa Meditation Centre in 1977, at the request of his root Spiritual Guide, Vajradhara Trijang Rinpoche, Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso Rinpoche gave a detailed verse-by-verse commentary to Shantideva’s Guide. Teaching twice a day for over three months, Venerable Geshe-la revealed the full effectiveness and profundity of the Guide, and showed in a practical and inspiring way how in the midst of modern busy daily life we can follow the path of a Bodhisattva – someone who out of compassion dedicates his or her life to attaining enlightenment.

It is these early teachings that became Meaningful to Behold, the first of Venerable Geshe-la’s many books to be published

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The Teacher

The programme teacher is Pet Finden, who is on the Teacher Training Programme and has been practising Buddhism for over 20 years. Her positive and gentle approach is leaving her students hopeful and uplifted. Deep understanding of Dharma through her personal experience makes her teachings easy to understand and apply in daily life.

Teacher Training Programme

TTP

Teacher Training Programme

Two classes per week
with Kadam Bridget Heyes

A precious opportunity for in-depth study with Kadam Bridget Heyes, the UK National Spiritual Director. TTP takes place two mornings per week, with practical teachings, vibrant discussion, and a beautiful environment for retreats. You too are welcome to become part of this group of sincere practitioners receiving the guidance and inspiration of Kadam Bridget Heyes.

The Book

A clear and comprehensive explanation of the entire path to enlightenment. We all have the potential for self-transformation, and a limitless capacity for the growth of good qualities, but to fulfil this potential we need to know what to do along every stage of our spiritual journey. With this book, Geshe Kelsang offers us step-by-step guidance on the meditation practices that will lead us to lasting inner peace and happiness. With extraordinary clarity, he presents all Buddha’s teachings in the order in which they are to be practised, enriching his explanation with stories and illuminating analogies. This is a perfect guidebook to the Buddhist path.

Explore the book

The Teacher

The principal teacher at Nagarjuna KMC Thornby Hall is Kadam Bridget Heyes, a senior disciple of Geshe Kelsang who has been practising for over 25 years. In 1994, she helped to found Nagarjuna Centre and has been teaching here ever since. In 2009, Kadam Bridget was also elected as the NKT-IKBU National Spiritual Director of the UK.

Kadam Bridget is known for her powerful teachings, compassionate heart, and deep understanding of Buddha’s wisdom advice. Her teachings are exceptionally clear and she presents profound ideas in a way that are easy to practice and integrate into daily life. Kadam Bridget shows an inspiring example for everyone on the spiritual path.