Basic Program of Buddhist Studies

The Basic Program is an in-depth FPMT study program of nine important texts in the Tibetan Buddhist tradition of Lama Tzong Khapa. At Lama Tzong Khapa Institute, the Basic Program is taught over two years, rather than the standard five years, due to being a full-time program with classes nine months a year, five days a week.

The January 2012 to December 2013 edition
of the Basic Program at Lama Tzong Khapa Institute
is the first university accredited Basic Program in the FPMT

For more information about the accreditation.



The full-time onsite Basic Program consists of daily meditations and teachings from Monday to Friday, complemented by weekly work on a project aimed at benefiting others. Graduates of the onsite program qualify for the FPMT Basic Program Completion Certificate.


The Basic Program is also available as an online course with weekly teachings and meditations, complimented by projects serving the community. Graduates of the online program qualify for the FPMT Basic Program Home Study Completion Certificate.


It is also possible to enrol in the onsite or online programs for the study of one or more individual modules. While these individual modules are NOT accredited, onsite and online students who successfully complete all the components of a module can respectively qualify for the FPMT Basic Program Completion Card or FPMT Basic Program Home Study Completion Certificate in that particular subject.



For a detailed description of the Basic Program as an accredited program.