Core Teachings of the Buddha: The Heart of the Buddha’s Path of Awakening

  • Sep 13

    Wednesday Sep 13, 2023 - Saturday Aug 31, 2024

    (Start time Wed 18:00 BST - End time Sat 20:00 BST)
    Christina Feldman, Christoph Köck, Yuka Nakamura
    • £299.00 excl.
    Session information
    Session 1
    Wed 13 Sep 18:00 BST - Wed 13 Sep 20:00 BST
    Session 2
    Wed 11 Oct 18:00 BST - Wed 11 Oct 20:00 BST
    Session 3
    Wed 22 Nov 18:00 GMT - Wed 22 Nov 20:00 GMT
    Session 4 - Day Long
    Sun 10 Dec 09:30 GMT - Sun 10 Dec 16:30 GMT
    Session 5
    Wed 10 Jan 18:00 GMT - Wed 10 Jan 20:00 GMT
    Session 6
    Wed 21 Feb 18:00 GMT - Wed 21 Feb 20:00 GMT
    Session 7
    Wed 20 Mar 18:00 GMT - Wed 20 Mar 20:00 GMT
    Session 8 - Day Long
    Sat 20 Apr 09:30 BST - Sat 20 Apr 16:30 BST
    Session 9
    Wed 15 May 18:00 BST - Wed 15 May 20:00 BST
    Session 10
    Wed 19 Jun 18:00 BST - Wed 19 Jun 20:00 BST
    Session 11
    Wed 24 Jul 18:00 BST - Wed 24 Jul 20:00 BST
    Session 12 - Day Long
    Sat 31 Aug 18:00 BST - Sat 31 Aug 20:00 BST

This year long programme provides a comprehensive overview of all the core teachings offered by the Buddha and is composed of monthly meetings, interspersed with day long retreats. It is suitable for both beginner and experienced students who are committed to a deeper exploration of the early teachings of the Buddha that underpin meditative practice. 

The themes we will reflect on contain the profound insights taught by the Buddha that are at the heart of the awakening process. 

The programme will be supported by a recommended reading list and guidelines on how to cultivate these teaching in our lives. There will be the option to join self-run study groups. The evening sessions with include teaching, practice, peer groups and time for questions and reflection. The day long retreats include more extended practice and teaching times.

Event Details


Each evening session will include teaching, practice, peer groups and Q&A. the daylongs will be an opportunity for more extended practice.

9 evening sessions: 2 hours from 6-8pm as follows:

13th September, 11th October, 22nd November 2023.

10th January, 21st February, 20th March, 15th May, 19th June and 24th July 2024. 

3 day-long sessions: 9.30 to 4.30 UK time as follows:

10th December 2023. 20th April and 31st August 2024. 


Open to all - new and experienced practitioners alike.


  • The price includes a fee for the teachers, no additional dana will be requested. 
  • If you are unable to afford the rate please let us know. We will make sure that no one is turned away because of lack of funds


CHRISTINA FELDMAN is a co-founder of Gaia House and a guiding teacher at Insight Meditation Society, Barre, Massachussetts. The author of a number of books, she has been teaching insight meditation retreats internationally since 1976. She is one of the teaching faculty of the CPP programme, dedicated to the study and application of the early teachings of the Buddha and is engaged in teaching the Buddhist psychological foundations of mindfulness to those training to teach mindfulness-based applications in England, Belgium and the Netherlands. Her most recent book Mindfulness: Ancient Wisdom Meets Modern Psychology, written with Willem Kuyken, was published in the summer of 2019. 


CHRISTOPH KÖCK was born in Vienna, Austria, and spent 17 years of his life as a Buddhist monk in the Theravadin tradition. He lived mainly in monasteries connected with Ajahn Chah in Thailand and the West. Currently he lives in Vienna, working as a psychotherapist in a private practice. He teaches Buddhism and meditation internationally, and is trained to teach MBSR and MBCT. 

YUKA NAKAMURA has practised Buddhist meditation in different traditions since 1993, has a PhD in Developmental Psychology and is a certified MBSR-teacher. Trained as a Buddhist meditation teacher by Fred von Allmen she teaches meditation at Beatenberg (Switzerland), Gaia House (UK), Insight Meditation Society (Barre, MA) and other places. Yuka offers MBSR-courses and MBI-trainings at the CFM Zentrum für Achtsamkeit (CH).