Basic Program Progress, Completions, and Opportunities

Basic Program Progress, Completions, and Opportunities

Final session of Nalanda Monastery’s second Basic Program, December 2016. With BP teacher Geshe Jamphel Gyaltsen; BP coordinator Ven. Rigchog (back row, fifth from the right) and their three interpreters, for the English: Katie Fradet (center front); for the Spanish: Montse Lobett Brandt (front row, first on the left); and for the French: Ven. Dorje. Some students were not present for this final session.

FPMT Education Services would like to share some news about Basic Program progress and announce a wonderful new online opportunity. The Basic Program (BP) was designed by Lama Zopa Rinpoche for students who wish to progress beyond foundational level study and practice. It offers an introduction to the philosophical aspects of the Tibetan Buddhist Gelugpa tradition; a substantial practice component balances this scholarly focus, ensuring a well integrated education.

Ven. Sangye Khadro.

Ven. Sangye Khadro.

Tong-nyi Nying-je Ling (Center for Wisdom and Compassion), Copenhagen, will start its first BP at the end of January, taught by resident teacher Ven. Sangye Khadro, Masters Program graduate and In-Depth Buddhism registered teacher. The first semester consists of five monthly weekends and a one-week study-retreat. Offered in English, the video recordings and course materials will also be available online. This is an exclusive opportunity for students worldwide to receive BP teachings from a perfectly qualified Western teacher!

New Zealand
While their second BP is already in progress, Dorje Chang Institute (DCI), Auckland, New Zealand, saw four students complete their first Basic Program with the three-month review final exam: BP interpreter Rinchen Dhondup, the first ever Tibetan interpreter to participate in the review and final exam, DCI spiritual program coordinator Ven. Gyalten Wangmo, who facilitated the review in close cooperation with Education Services, and DCI’s two senior BP discussion group facilitators, Murray Wright and Simon Harrison, both FPMT registered teachers.

Interestingly, as Education Coordinator of (then) Central Office (now known as FPMT International Office) as early as 1992, Murray presented the first proposal outlining Lama Zopa Rinpoche’s wish for a Basic Program, giving the initial curriculum shape and collecting texts, translations and course materials. Little did he know that he’d participate in the program and complete the final exam some twenty-five years later! All four have put a lot of effort and energy into their review and did very well in their exam. We extend our congratulations to BP teacher Geshe Wangchen on the successful completion of his first BP.

Centre Kalachakra’s last class of their second BP with teacher Geshe Dakpa Tsondu, center director Ven. Elisabeth Drukier (center), BP Coordinator Virginie Breit (second right, back row), and interpreter Lesley (fifth from right, back row). August 2016, Paris, France.

In France, Centre Kalachakra in Paris, which offers an excellent and well attended Basic Program that includes meditations, discussions and retreats, had six students complete the review and final exam of their second BP this December.

Nalanda Monastery in Lavaur will complete its second BP with the three-month review, final exam, and the three-month lamrim retreat in 2017. About ten students are expected to graduate from their outstanding five-year residential Basic Program.

Please rejoice that so many students around the world dedicate themselves to intensive Dharma study, and several succeed in completing FPMT’s In-Depth education programs.

Through comprehensive study programspractice materialstraining seminars, and scholarships, FPMT Education nourishes the development of compassion, wisdom, kindness, and true happiness in individuals of all ages.