In Depth Study Programme

Foundation Programme

A great opportunity to study “Joyful Path of Good Fortune” by Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso Rinpoche.

With Principal Teacher Gen Dema.

Cost £30 per month which includes GP classes and half-day courses.

Expand your practical understanding of Buddha’s teachings, improve your 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.

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 at every stage of our spiritual journey.

With this book, Joyful Path of Good Fortune, Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso Rinpoche 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 Buddha’s teachings in the order in which they are to be practised, enriching his explanation with stories and analogies.

This is not a drop-in class, enrolment is required. Please contact for more details.

Foundation programme buddhism, Carlisle meditation centre,
Foundation programme buddhism, Carlisle meditation centre,


Sunday  4pm-7pm

see calendar


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.


Foundation Programme

No there is no special clothing required.

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

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.

We are a registered charity run entirely by volunteers, no-one receives a salary. The funds we receive are used to pay for our venues and operating expenses. Although we charge for classes we also offer low-income rates and no one will ever be turned away for lack of funds.