FOUNDATION PROGRAMME (FP). In-depth study required

The purpose of the Foundation Programme is to provide a systematic presentation of particular subjects of Mahayana Buddhism to enable practitioners to deepen their knowledge and experience of Buddhism.


*** This is not a drop-in class. Please email to schedule a taster class

Monday evenings

Venue: 172 Leith Walk, EH6 5EA

Time: 7-9pm

Class dates 2019: 
Jan 14, 21, 28
Feb 4, 11, 18, 25
Mar 4, 11, 18, 25
Apr 1, 8, 15, 29

The heart of Buddha’s teachings is unconditional love and compassion. In this inspiring explanation of the popular Buddhist poem Training the Mind in Seven Points, Geshe Kelsang reveals powerful and far-reaching methods for us to develop these altruistic states. Ancient meditative techniques that have been tried and tested for centuries are brought alive and made relevant to our everyday experiences. Also included is a practical explanation of how we can transform our day-to-day problems – even the most demanding and difficult conditions – into opportunities for personal and spiritual development. By pointing the way to an unchanging freedom and happiness, this immensely readable book challenges us to grow, and will have a remarkable impact on our life.

These classes form part of the Foundation Programme (FP) of Kadampa Buddhism and provide an opportunity to deepen our understanding and practice of the spiritual path through a dynamic combination of teaching, meditation and group discussion.
The evening will begin with some preparatory practices and a guided meditation. This will be followed by a teaching introducing the Buddhist path to enlightenment based on Universal Compassion and a brief discussion in pairs about the ideas raised.

You can purchase the book when you attend the class or online from here.


Gen-La KunsangGen-la Kelsang Kunsang is the principal teacher at Kadampa Meditation Centre Edinburgh. She is highly experienced, well-respected and has been a close disciple of Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso Rinpoche for more than 25 years. Throughout this time she has travelled the world teaching meditation and the Buddhist way of life, serving also as a Deputy Spiritual Director of NKT-IKBU (retired). Her tireless and compassionate example has won the admiration and affection of many students. She demonstrates an extraordinary and inspirational example of a modern-day Kadampa practitioner.  Her teachings are powerful and clear.