Discovering Buddhism is a two-year, fourteen-module series that gives the student a solid foundation in the teachings and practice of Tibetan Mahayana Buddhism. It offers an experiential taste of the Buddha's teachings, retreat and practice experience, and the skills needed to make life most meaningful.
Discovering Buddhism is designed for both newcomers as well as experienced students who seek an opportunity to integrate study and meditation. This first course focuses on what the mind is, how it functions, its qualities and nature, and its role in our experience of reality, suffering and happiness. It especially forms the bases for the second course in the series, How to Meditate, since meditation is all about working with the mind. (See Calendar page for dates)
Living the Path: Motivation for Life
What is unique about Living in the Path, FPMT's newest education program, is that its primary teacher is Lama Zopa Rinpoche and its content is Rinpoche's heart instructions for practice and understanding. By engaging in the methods presented in Living in the Path, every action of body, speech and mind will be transformed into the path of enlightenment. The first module of Living in the Path, "Motivation for Life" helps us to take advantage of the opportunity of our lives by understanding how to set the most beneficial motivation every day. It covers learning to appreciate our precious human life, the truth of impermanence, how actions and their results are unbetraying and the power of bodhichitta to be happy today and prepared to die at any moment.
The Basic Class
This course provides a practice-oriented transmission of the Buddhadharma to committed students ready to progress beyond introductory-level study and practice. Its comprehensive curriculum greatly enhances students’ Dharma understanding, establishing a sound basis for ongoing study, practice, retreat and service.
When we study Buddhism, we are studying ourselves, the nature of our own minds. Instead of focusing on some supreme being, Buddhism emphasizes more practical matters such as how to lead our lives, how to integrate our minds, and how to keep our everyday lives peaceful and healthy. In other words, Buddhism always accentuates experiential knowledge-wisdom rather than some dogmatic view.
–Lama Thubten Yeshe