Modern Buddhism

The Path of Wisdom & Compassion

By developing and maintaining compassion and wisdom in daily life, we can transform our lives, improve relationships and look behind the ordinary appearances of this life. In this way we can solve all our daily problems and find lasting inner peace.

Receive the essential teachings of Modern Buddhism based on the books and Festival teachings by the renowned meditation teacher, Geshe Kelsang Gyatso. Each class will include a guided meditation and practical advice on how to integrate the teachings into daily life. They are suitable for everyone. 

You can down load a free copy of the book Modern Buddhism at

Suitable for complete beginners, these classes will combine guided meditation with practical spiritual advice that you can apply immediately to your daily life to solve problems and find a deeper happiness.

Everyone is welcome.  You do not need to be a Buddhist to attend the classes, or to benefit from the techniques taught. 

They are easy to follow and do not need prior knowledge or experience. It is not necessary to attend all the classes and you can start anytime.

The general structure of the class:

  • Practical teaching on meditation and aspects of positive thinking (approx. 30 – 40 mins)
  • Guided meditation including relaxation (approximately 25 mins)
  • Advise on how to put the teachings into practise in daily life. 

The classes are organised as short courses, usually around 4 weeks long. You can attend the whole course or simply drop in whenever you can as each class is self-contained. You can start anytime.

Classes are now live streamed using Zoom with 3-day catch up for those who cannot participate live or who want to view the class again. 

The teaching is given at the Centre in Matlock Bath. Up to 5 people can attend the class in person but this is by appointment only. 

Please pay in advance for each individual class  using Paypal/Card or make life easier and pay for a Centre Card which gives you access to all the classes for £20/month – see Membership Fees

With a Centre card you do not have to register for a class because links for all our classes will be sent automatically.


On the day of the class we will send you an email with a link to the session.

We will be using the software ZOOM to broadcast the meeting. It is best to download the app Zoom to your computer or phone from the internet. It is free and easy to register your account. 

When you click on the link we have sent you it will automatically open the session for you. Please check that your audio microphone is switched on. If you need to contact us during the session please use the CHAT function within ZOOM.

In summary:

– Pay & Sign up for classes well in advance

– Make sure you have ZOOM on your computer/phone

– Arrange a quiet place at home for the livestream meditation class

– Click on the link we send you 15 min before the start

– Get comfy if you can, loose fitting clothes are best for meditation

– Have a pen and paper handy for notes and writing down questions

On 4th July the Centre was reopened for classes and study programmes (maximum 5 people). If you wish to attend a teaching in person rather than via zoom please contact the Centre before hand to register for a place. Only come if you receive a confirmation by email. Also please read our Covid-19 Guidance for Visitors before attending.

To register please pay in full using the booking cart. Payments by Paypal and Credit Card are accepted. We will automatically receive details of your payment with your email address. We will use this contact address to forward your link for the teaching.

Alternatively you can purchase a Centre Card for £20/month (you can cancel anytime) which gives you free access for all classes except special events and the Study Programme. If you have a Centre card you do not need to use the booking system to register for a place, links are sent automatically. For details on Centre Cards please go to

Modern Buddism

Thursdays 7 – 8.15 pm

Saturdays 10 – 11.15 am

Pay by Monthly Centre Card

Save time and money. For as little as £20/month you will automatically be sent links for all our classes and recordings. No need to book.

Wishing Love Thursday 10th September – wanting others to be happy all the time

Universal Compassion Saturday 19 September – wanting to free others from their suffering


Training in Giving and Moral Discipline Saturday 28th November – how to gather inner wealth to support the development of our virtuous qualities.


Training in Patience and Effort Saturday 5th December – 2 more important methods for gathering inner good fortune.


Training in Concentration and Wisdom Thursday 10th December – how to accumulate wisdom that understands meaningful and peaceful objects.


Flash Back

Review of Festival Teachings 2003 £5

Thursdays 7 – 8.15 pm

Saturdays 10 – 11.15 am

Pay by Monthly Centre Card

Save time and money. For as little as £20/month you will automatically be sent links for all our classes and recordings. No need to book.

Flash Back – Review of Festival Teachings 2003 on Sutra Mahamudra

The Nature of Samsara (Ordinary Life) Saturday 3rd October. What is the nature and causes of our ordinary experiences. Understanding this will enable us to attain liberation.

All Things are Impermanent Saturday 10 October. Because things are momentarily impermanent it makes no sense to develop attachment and anger.


Lasting Peace is Happiness Saturday 31st October Only. Understand the different types of happiness.


There is no Self Thursday 5th November. Understanding the lack of self is the door to liberation.


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