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Study Programmes

Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso Rinpoche has designed three special programmes for the systematic study and practice of modern Kadampa Buddhism that are especially suited to the people of the modern world: General Programme (GP/weekly classes), Foundation Programme (FP), and Teacher Training Programme (TTP).
They are taught at Tara International Kadampa Retreat Centre most weeks

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Foundation Programme

The Foundation Programme provides an opportunity for everyone to engage in systematic study and meditation on the essential subjects of Kadampa Buddhism based on six books by Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso Rinpoche. The emphasis in the classes, which consist of teachings, meditation, and discussion, is on gaining practical experience of Buddha’s teachings that you can apply to your daily life.
FP is a tried and tested way to gain a deeper understanding of the meaning of Buddha’s teachings, maintain a daily meditation practice that is both focused and powerful, and make genuine spiritual progress. If you have been coming to classes regularly and have been getting a lot out of your General Programme classes but feel you want to go deeper with your study and practice - the systematic study of these essential Kadampa texts on FP may be a perfect next step for you.

Teacher Training Programme

The Teacher Training Programme was designed by Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso Rinpoche to train qualified teachers of modern Kadampa Buddhism. It is taught by Gen-la Kelsang Khyenrab.
The core of the programme is the study of 14 books authored by Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso Rinpoche.
The purpose of the study component is to enable students to gain an understanding of the deep meanings of Buddha’s teachings and learn how to apply them to modern daily life. The purpose of the meditation component is to enable the students to gain practical experience of the meaning of the teachings. Qualified teachers need both.


You must enrol to study on these programmes. They are not weekly drop in classes. For further information and to enrol on one of the study programmes please contact EPC via email at