Dhammapada – a 5 Week Study Programme

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Although this course has now started you can still register to have access to the recorded material.  

Price: £99

The Dhammapada is the most widely read and much-loved teachings of the Buddha in existence. The teaching verses are two-fold, offering a guide both to living a flourishing and happy life and a pathway to liberation and profound peace. The verses clearly portray what leads to distress and struggle and what leads to the end of distress and struggle.

This beautiful collection of verses describes the Buddha’s vision of a path that embraces every area of our lives. Each week the teachers will reflect on a selection of the verses, there will be times for questions and peer groups. There will be a strong encouragement to take these teachings into our lives as pathways that can be cultivated moment to moment.

The teachers will be drawing on several translations for the Dhammapada course including the recent translation by Gil Fronsdal (Shambhala). 


Event Details


Five consecutive Monday evenings from 6:30 to 8 pm BST:

5 September  will be taught by Christina Feldman and Antonia Sumbundu

12 September will be taught by Christina Feldman and Yuka Nakumara

19 September will be taught by Christina Feldman and Stephen Batchelor

26 September will be taught by Christina Feldman and Martine Batchelor

3 October will be taught by Christina Feldman and Antonia Sumbundu


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. 

ANTONIA SUMBUNDU has been a Tibetan Buddhist and mindfulness meditation practitioner for more than 30 years. She trained as a clinical psychologist specialized in CBT and supervision, and completed an MSt in MBCT from University of Oxford, where she currently is a senior associate trainer. For many years her work focused on the clinical applications of meditation, before shifting to teach meditation in a broader context and serving as a dharma teacher for an international meditation community.

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).

STEPHEN BATCHELOR is a translator, teacher, artist and writer known for his secular approach to the Dharma. A co-founder of Bodhi College, his books include Buddhism Without BeliefsLiving with the Devil, Confession of a Buddhist Atheist and After Buddhism. His most recent publication, The Art of Solitude, was published by Yale University Press in 2020. He lives in southwest France with his wife Martine.

MARTINE BATCHELOR author of Meditation for Life, The Path of Compassion, Women in Korean Zen and Let Go: A Buddhist Guide to Breaking Free of Habits. Her latest works are the The Spirit of the Buddha, What is this? and The Definition, Practice and Psychology of Vedana.  She is a member of the Gaia House Teacher Council.  She teaches meditation retreats worldwide and lives in France. Recently she has been involved with the Silver Sante Study, teaching meditation, mindfulness and compassion to seniors in France to see if this could prevent ageing decline.