The General Programme
General Programme Classes (GPs) are the perfect class to try if you're brand new.

Our most popular class format. Each class is self-contained: classes are presented as part of a series over 5-6 weeks, but you can drop into any class you like.

Everyone is welcome! The content of our General Programme classes is suitable for both new and experienced practitioners

General Programme (GP) classes are drop-in by nature. These classes are suitable for beginners and experienced practitioners alike, and are designed to help those looking for Buddhist wisdom to help with stress relief and relaxation, as well as those interested in exploring the nature of the mind, and pursuing the Buddhist path.

Classes explore the basic framework of Buddhist teachings and meditation and explain how to use Buddha’s advice in our daily lives to solve our problems. All General Program classes are based on commentaries by Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso.

A typical class consists of a guided meditation, a teaching based on the meditation topic, discussion and final meditation. Although classes are given as a series around one specific topic, they can also be taken individually, as each class is also contained.

Classes last between one hour to 1.5 hours.  Chair and cushions are provided by the Center. There is no physical exercise, yoga, or stretching involved.

All classes and courses are taught by qualified Kadampa teachers who have a thorough understanding of Buddhist philosophy gained through their own meditation practice and guided study of Geshe Kelsang Gyatso’s comprehensive texts. 

Everyone is welcome regardless of belief; you do not need to be Buddhist to attend.

For those looking for more, combine your GP experience with our weekend programmes
Our drop-in GP classes are complemented by additional weekend courses and retreats which generally cover related content, perfect for those who are new or experienced.

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Without inner peace, outer peace is impossible. We all wish for world peace, but world peace will never be acheived unless we first establish peace within our own minds.
—Ven. Geshe Kelsang Gyatso Rinpoche