Teaching programs


The FPMT study program
Several Buddhist study programs are available for students at varying levels of expertise and interest. These programs are also available as home study correspondence courses.
More information is available either through the centres that offer these courses or on the main FPMT site.

Meditation 101
is an introductory course on basic Buddhist meditation techniques for complete beginners. It teaches basic Buddhist meditations that can be used by anyone to create more peace and happiness in daily life. Meditation 101 is offered in many FPMT centers worldwide.

Buddhism in a Nutshell
is an introductory course on Buddhism for complete beginners. It presents basic Buddhist philosophy and principles within the Tibetan Mahayana context, and provides simple meditation instruction. Buddhism in a Nutshell is offered in many FPMT centers worldwide.

Discovering Buddhism: An FPMT Introductory Program
The Discovering Buddhism program is the result of the combined efforts of a number of FPMT teachers and spiritual program coordinators, under the guidance and advice of Lama Zopa Rinpoche. The program as taught in many FPMT centers is an estimated 2-year course for which students may receive a certificate of completion upon fulfillment of all requirements.

Foundation of Buddhist Thought
For the first time, students who do not live near a Dharma center are being offered the opportunity to gain a thorough and practical grounding in Tibetan Buddhism under the supervision of an FPMT Geshe. Foundation of Buddhist Thought is a FPMT correspondence course developed by Geshe Tashi of Jamyang Buddhist Centre in London and approved by Lama Zopa Rinpoche.

Basic Program
Devised by Lama Thubten Zopa Rinpoche as an integrated program of Buddhist studies suitable for a contemporary setting, the Basic Program is a comprehensive, practice-oriented transmission of the Buddhadharma that will be of interest to committed students who wish to progress beyond introductory-level study and practice.

Masters Program
The Masters Program, an intensive, full-time, residential  program of Buddhist studies of sutra and tantra, is based on the unique vision of Lama Thubten Yeshe, developed with the help of Geshe Jampa Gyatso. Inspired by the geshe studies in traditional Gelug monastic universities, it provides serious students of Lama Tsongkhapa's tradition greater depth of study and the opportunity to become qualified FPMT teachers. The program consists of six years of study of five great texts, with integrated training and service components, and one year of retreat. The Masters Program is currently offered at :
- Lama Tzong Khapa Institute go to http://www.iltk.org/en/study-programs/masters-program-0
- Nalanda Monastery (starting September 2013) go to http://www.nalanda-monastery.eu/index.php/en/study/masters-program-2013

Basic Program and Masters Program Retreats

You can find information HERE about the FPMT centers that offer students of the Basic and Masters Program the possibility to fulfill retreat requirements.