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Basic Program


Learning Dharma means less ignorance and more wisdom. It means more light in your life, no darkness in your mind. It means you have more freedom in your life to achieve liberation from samsara and great enlightenment. The more you understand Dharma, the more you can benefit others.

Lama Zopa Rinpoche Spiritual Director of the FPMT
[/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_column_text]The Basic Program is designed by Lama Zopa Rinpoche as an integrated program of Buddhist studies suitable for a contemporary setting. It is a comprehensive, practice-oriented transmission of the Buddhadharma for committed students who wish to progress beyond introductory level study and practice. Read more about the Basic program  and the full curriculum on the FPMT website.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_column_text]We are very lucky that Ven. Sangye Khadro has agreed to offer the first subject of the Basic Program here in Copenhagen at CVM starting in January 2017. 

The whole program is usually taught over 5-7 years, and the first topic will most likely last one year. Our intention is to initially run this course for 6 months, and depending on the interest and attendance, we will re-evaluate whether or not to continue offering it for the next semester in Fall 2017.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column]

Three ways of following the courses

1 For credit; the most in-depth option

Those who have the time and energy can participate in the course as part of the Basic Program.

Read more about the Basic Program and all topics of the curriculum on the FPMT website here.

Four components:
a. Study

Attending the classes; participating in the discussions; keeping up with reading assignments; doing the homework assignments (monthly) and exams (2-3 times per year).

b. Ethical Conduct

Trying one’s best to live ethically (according to the five lay precepts), to refrain from behavior that causes suffering or disharmony, to act in a helpful and compassionate way towards other beings, and to work on subduing one’s disturbing emotions (especially anger).

c. Practice

Attending the guided meditations, practicing meditation assignments at home, attending practice days or short retreat, and completing a total of three months of retreat on the Lam-rim.

d. Service

This can include offering service as a volunteer in CVM or one of its projects, and/or assisting in the program by leading meditations (when one is able to do so), group discussions, and so forth.

2 Not for credit; participate a-la-carte

Those who do not have the time and energy to participate in the course in the above way are welcome to attend as many of the weekend courses and retreats as they can, without having to do the homework and exams. However, it is recommended that one participate in the other aspects of the four components to the best of one’s ability.

3 Not for credit; participate remotely via online resources

One can also follow the program online. After registering, one will receive a password to have access to the videos and materials posted on the CVM website.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column]

The Path to Enlightenment (Lam Rim)
[vc_column_text]The first subject of the Basic Program to be offered at CVM will be the Path to Enlightenment (Lam Rim).

This is a step by step way to transform one’s unenlightened minds into an enlightened mind. The practices included in the Lam Rim also help us to deal with problems we encounter in life, experience greater happiness and peace, as well as better relationships with friends and family, and a more meaningful and satisfying life.

Click here to read more about the Path to Enlightenment and register.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/2″]

[vc_column_text]Please email the BP coordinator using the contact form below.[/vc_column_text]
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Mailing list
[vc_column_text]Signing up for the mailing list ensures that you will receive information about the upcoming Basic Program.

Check ‘Basic Program’ when filling in the form, and you will be added to the group![/vc_column_text]