MONDAY EVENING: In-depth study – Foundation Programme

  • Time & dates


    Monday 7pm to 9pm

    15 Apr to 20 May (no class 6 May)

    3 June to 15 July

    Contact for further details

  • 4-week trial

    Four week trial (£40) – includes four Foundation Programme classes and any other classes or courses you wish to attend during this 4-week period.

    • 4-session trial will be available from September 2024
    • You can attend in-person or online
    • Try out the course by attending a 4-session trial, then decide if you wish to join the programme
  • Venue & parking

    KMC Reading, 9 Bath Road, Reading, RG1 6HH.
    Free parking onsite.

  • Info at a glance

    Here is some basic information about the course (more will be given during the trial):

    • Enrolment is required (this is not a drop-in class)
    • You can attend in-person or online
    • You can try out the course by attending a 4-session trial, then decide if you wish to join the programme
    • The programme lasts about 12 months (this will cover part 2 of How to Understand the Mind)
    • The cost is £40 per month (this includes free access to many of our other classes and events)

With Resident Teacher Gen Kelsang Nyingpo

Study book: How to Understand the Mind by Geshe Kelsang Gyatso

About the Foundation Programme: The next step…

Why not take the next step to deepen your meditation practice?

Foundation Programme (FP) is an ongoing, weekly course on Buddhism and meditation. The course is suitable for anyone with interest in deepening their understanding of Buddhist meditation and wisdom.

The Programme consists of a dynamic combination of teachings, meditation and discussion, all of which enable us to go deeper into the layers of meaning within each book that we study. All of this helps us to make real progress along our spiritual path. Each class consists of preliminary prayers, guided meditation and reading from the book with commentary and discussion.

Benefits of the Foundation Programme

  • Increased personal insight, wisdom and experience of Dharma (Buddha’s teachings)
  • Studying and meditating more effectively following a specially-designed programme and qualified meditation teacher
  • An opportunity to discuss and ask questions
  • Help, support and friendship from like-minded people
  • Gain the ability to integrate Buddha’s instructions into busy modern life.

How do I start?

We are currently studying the text How to Understand the Mind.

When you join the Foundation Programme, you commit to studying one section of the book. This can take differing lengths of time, depending on which book is being studied.  How to Understand the Mind part 1 – will take approximately 12 months to complete.

What to expect

In each class there are guided meditations, teachings on the book, and discussion in pairs. Every fifth or sixth class is a group discussion, which enables students to ask questions and clarify the meaning of the text.

What are we studying?

How to Understand the Mind by Geshe Kelsang Gyatso Rinpoche

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.

This book will be available to buy at the class (£11.95)


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