“Everyone, whether religious or non-religious, is looking for happiness all the time and wants to be free from problems and suffering permanently. We can fulfil these wishes through understanding and practicing the instructions given in this book”  

Foundation Programme – Mondays 6:30 – 8:30pm

If you wish to deepen your experience of Buddha’s teachings and find meaning and lasting happiness in your modern life, you will enjoy the Foundation Program (FP). Joining FP involves enrolling for a section of the book, trying to attend all the classes, and to take an exam for self evaluation at the end of each section.

Each class consists of short chanted prayers, a guided meditation, teaching and discussion. The classes are systematic and interactive and students will find that their knowledge and wisdom grows week by week as a result.

The oral transmission of the book, combined with teachings, guided meditations and discussion, deepens our understanding as well as our confidence to apply Dharma in daily life. By doing this consistently, we will be able to turn our initial insights into actual realisations of Dharma.

The classes are similar in format and depth to college-level classes and the program is based on a systematic study of six Kadampa Buddhist texts.

Committing to a regular study program studying in a group with like-minded people you can benefit from the support of a spiritual community to energise and sustain your spiritual life.

Our first FP at our new centre has just begun, studying the bookEight Steps to Happiness – The Buddhist way of Loving Kindness. 

The New Eight Steps to Happiness by Geshe Kelsang Gyatso

The heart of Buddha’s teachings is unconditional love and compassion and this inspiring book explains how to meditate on eight beautiful verses written over 1000 years ago, that comprise one of Buddhism’s most cherished teachings.

The Eight Steps to Happiness reveal powerful methods for developing our love, our compassion and our wisdom. They include special practical methods for transforming all of life’s difficulties into valuable spiritual insights, bringing meaning and lasting happiness into our complex modern lives.

The New Eight Steps to Happiness (paperback £9.95) is available for purchase from our shop or online.

Who is it for? 

Our Foundation program is for anyone living in Aberdeen or the North of Scotland.  For study programs in other areas please contact your closest Kadampa centre.

Attend in person or online

During Covid anyone can participate either online via zoom or in-person.  Due to the discussion element of the course we ask that people make an effort to join on-line at the same time as the actual class.  Exceptions can be made for you to listen on catch up in exceptional circumstances.

Price: £30 per month 

In order to join, enrolment is required (please note Foundation Programme is not a drop-in class). The class fee is incorporated into the monthly membership which includes most classes, courses and retreats run by the centre.

How to Join FP

Please come along to the introduction or contact us to discuss trying out a taster class.  When you are ready to enrol you will also need to fill out an enrolment form and become a member.  You can join the program at any time.

Term Dates (all classes from 18:30 – 20:30)

Jan 4  – Teaching Class
Jan 11 – Teaching Class
Jan 18 – Teaching Class
Jan 25 – Offering to the Spiritual Guide puja
Feb 1 – Discussion Class
Feb 8 – Teaching Class
Feb 15 – Teaching Class
Feb 22 – Teaching Class
March 1 – Discussion Class
March 8 – Teaching Class
March 15 – Teaching Class
March 22 – Teaching Class
March 29 – Discussion Class

Gen Kelsang Tubchen is the Resident Teacher at KMC Aberdeen. An inspiring and gifted teacher, she is loved for her clear, powerful and practical teachings and her deep experience of retreat. 

"Very grateful for the work you are doing! It's certainly made a huge positive difference to my lockdown experience🥰"

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