Basic Program of Buddhist Studies

The Basic Program is an in-depth FPMT study program in the Tibetan Buddhist tradition of Lama Tzong Khapa. The Institute offers the course both residentially and online. The Study Program is composed of nine topics integrated with regular meditation sessions. Periodically it offers meditation retreats of different lengths.

It is possible to enroll in the residential or online programs for the study of one or more individual modules.

Why "Basic"?

BP students develop a level of understanding which will serve as an excellent "basis" for advanced study (e.g. Masters Program), and prepares the ground for more in-depth practice in advanced mediatation and long retreats.

Residential  Program

The full-time onsite Basic Program consists of daily teachings complemented by daily review-classes, meditations and periodic retreats. Graduates of the residential program qualify for the FPMT Basic Program Completion Certificate.

Teachings will take place from Monday to Friday from 3.00 to 5.00pm.

The new edition of the basic program starts September 17th, 2015 and will end December 2017.

To enroll for the Study Program it is necessary to fill in the online form.

Online Program

The Basic Program is also available as an online course with video/audio files of the teachings, instructions for meditation sessions, reading material, weekly quizzes, discussion forums and exams at the end of each subject. Audio files of the teachings are normally available the day after they have been given residentially. Weekly average of 8/10 hours study is advisable to successfully attend this Study program. Graduates of the online program qualify for the FPMT Basic Program Home Study Completion Certificate.

The Study Program is composed of nine topics:

  1. Mind and Cognition: How the mind works
  2. Philosophical Systems: Indian Buddhist schools
  3. Heart Sutra of the Perfection of Wisdom: The nature of reality
  4. Stages of the Path: The basis of Tibetan Buddhism
  5. Mahayana Mind Training: Techniques of transformation
  6. The life-style of a Bodhisattva: Cultivating an altruistic conduct
  7. Tathagata Essence: The ultimate nature of the mind
  8. 4° Chapter of the Ornament for Clear Realization
  9. Grounds and Paths of Secret Mantra: The four classes of tantra

Teacher Ven. Ghesce Tenzin Tenphel

Ghesce Tenphel graduated with honors in 1994 with a Lharam Geshe degree, the highest Tibetan Buddhist doctorate conferred in the Gelug tradition. He studied tantra at Gyu-To Tantric College. In 1997 he led the group of monks at Sera Je specialized in practices related to Hayagriva. Since January 1998 he has been resident teacher at Lama Tzong Khapa Institute.