foundation programme (ken mon)
Sundays, 3-7 pm in Kensington
New study book starting Sunday 30th October. 

What is Teacher Training Programme

The Teacher Training Program exists to provide extensive training for those wishing to become qualified teachers of Modern Kadampa Buddhism. The program is centered around the study of various Buddhist subjects as explained in the collection of books written by founder of the New Kadampa Tradition, Geshe Kelsang Gyatso Rinpoche. In addition to completing the study of fourteen texts of Sutra and Tantra, including the six texts studied on the Foundation Program, students are required to observe certain commitments, and to complete a number of meditation retreats each year.

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What is currently being studied

clear light of bliss 3d paperback front 2019 09 1Starting Sunday October 30th, we will be studying part 1 of the book Clear Light of Bliss, by Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso Rinpoche.

Within all of us lies a source of infinite bliss, clarity of wisdom, and compassion for others. In this unique and highly praised book, based on Buddha’s Tantric teachings, the contemporary Buddhist Master, Geshe Kelsang Gyatso, presents authentic methods for discovering this inner wealth for ourselves.

In a clear and precise way, he explains step-by-step how we can generate a deeply peaceful and concentrated mind by harnessing the subtle energy system within our body. With this blissful awareness we can uncover our true nature, destroy ignorance and suffering at its root, and swiftly become a source of inspiration and benefit for others. Clear Light of Bliss is a manual for Tantric meditation that reveals the most profound secrets of the ancient Yogis and makes their blissful experience accessible to the modern world.

Prior to class, students study an assigned portion of the text, usually a few pages, and memorize the essential points. The class begins with chanted prayers and guided meditation. The teacher then reads the assigned selection from the book while giving commentary to the text. The students then divide into pairs to discuss the material. The teacher and students conclude by deciding what to meditate on in the next class and how to practice during the coming week, followed by dedication prayers.

The Teacher

The Teacher of TTP is Gen Kelsang Chodor. He has been ordained since 2001 and has taught in the UK and in the US. He is loved and admired by his students because of his practical knowledge and warm presentations, authentic teachings, as well as his natural joy and sense of humour.

How to join

If you are interested in joining the Teacher Training Programme please email our education programme coordinator

What is the fee for joining the classes?

Students who join TTP will require KMC London silver membership (£45 per month) for the duration of their study. Silver membership also includes free access to all KMC London regular day and evening drop-in classes, branch classes, half-day / full-day / whole weekend courses, events and retreats. 

You will also need a copy of the book Clear Light of Bliss. Copies can be purchased in the Centre shop. If you have any questions please feel free to email

We hope to see you soon!

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