In Depth Study Programme

Foundation Programme with Resident teacher Gen Kelsang Dema

Sundays 4 – 7pm (about 3 Sundays a month)

We have a wonderful opportunity to study the book “Meaningful to Behold” by Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso Rinpoche. This profoundly wise and compassionate book is a modern day commentary by Venerable Geshe-la to Guide to the Bodhisattva’s Way of Life, the universally loved poem composed by the great Buddhist master, Shantideva.
We will learn how to improve our lives by cultivating authentic love, compassion and wisdom through practical and effective contemplations and meditations.
We will be able to expand our practical understanding of Buddha’s teachings, improve our ability to meditate effectively, and experience profound personal transformation through this structured programme which includes focused study, meditation, and discussion in a like-minded, supportive community.

Foundation Programme is one of three unique study and meditation programmes of the New Kadampa Tradition that emphasizes integrating Buddha’s teachings into daily life to solve our problems and to spread lasting peace and happiness throughout the world.

Cost £30 per month which includes GP classes and half-day courses.  This is not a drop-in class, enrolment is required.

You are welcome to come and have a free taster of this class any Sunday. Please contact for more details.

Foundation programme buddhism, Carlisle meditation centre,


Sunday  4pm-7pm

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This class is in-person, with options to attend online


Foundation Class is an enrolment class. There is a monthly fee involved of £30.


  • Deepen your understanding of Buddha’s teachings.
  • Have an opportunity to clarify the text
  • Improve your understanding of how to put Buddha’s teachings into practice in daily life.
  • Enjoy a community of like-minded friends.
  • Benefit from a systematic study programme.
  • Study many books
  • Progress at your own speed, guided at each step.


Do I need to wear special clothing?

No there is no special clothing required.

Do I need previous experience?

Yes. Ideally you should have attended meditation classes and courses at Uma Kadampa Meditation Centre. This course is not suitable for beginners.

Who are these classes for?

If you wish to deepen your experience of Buddha’s teachings and find real meaning in your life, you will enjoy the Foundation Programme. Joining FP involves enrolling for a section of the book and trying to attend all the classes, one of which is an end-of-year exam. The programme is open to anyone interested in taking their meditation practice deeper.