Preparation course for the Basic Program
About the course
This course is designed to help prepare students who are interested in joining the Basic Program, which will commence in autumn, 2016. We strongly recommend that the students interested to start the Basic Program in September 2016, commit to a regular attendance at the Preparation course. The course will be held in the Center for Wisdom and Compassion in Copenhagen, but will also be streamed live on our Youtube channel, where the teachings will be archived and available for you to watch at any given moment.
However, this preparation course is also ideal for those interested to expand and deepen their understanding of Buddhist philosophy. As such, it is open to beginners and students with no prior knowledge in Buddhist Philosophy and Psychology.
The Basic Program is a substantial, twelve-subject course of studies designed by Lama Zopa Rinpoche. It 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. The course will be supported by discussions, tests, meditation and short retreats.
The Preparation Course will consist of four modules, which will be taught over five months, from February through June. The modules are based on the recommendation that the Dalai Lama has often mentioned regarding the ideal way to teach Buddhism to westerners, i.e. to first explain the Four Noble Truths and then the Two Truths. Those two topics will be covered by the first two modules. The third module will comprise an introduction to Buddhist psychology, and the fourth module will provide a brief overview of the path to enlightenment, i.e. the lam-rim.
The course will be taught one night per week, on Thursdays from 19:00—21:00, plus one Saturday per month, from 10:00—17:00.
In addition, there will be a weekly homework and a test following each module. However, these will be optional, and available for those who really wish to study the material and sharpen their knowledge and understanding.
Full day Saturdays will be held on the following dates, from 10-17h
Saturday 20th February
Saturday 12th March
Saturday 16th April
Saturday 7th May
Saturday 11th June
Description of the four modules
Module I : The Buddha and His Teachings
This module will take a brief look at the life of the Buddha, his main teachings, the spread of Buddhism, and the different schools of Buddhism in the world today. The main focus of the module will be on the Buddha’s formula for how to attain peace and happiness by understanding and practicing the Four Noble Truths.
Module II: The Two Truths
According to the Buddha, all the problems and suffering in the world—both individual and collective—are rooted in our failure to understand the true nature of things, i.e. how things really exist. Therefore, to be free of problems and attain real, lasting happiness and peace, we need to see things correctly, as they really are. There are actually two levels of truth, two ways in which things exist: ultimate and conventional. During this module we will take a look at how these two levels of truth are explained by the different schools of Buddhist philosophy.
Module III: The Mind and Its Potential
This module will begin with a brief introduction to Buddhist metaphysics (the different types or categories of phenomena). Then the main topic of this module will be the mind as it is explained in Tibetan Buddhism: the conventional and ultimate natures of the mind; the different types of mind such as perception and conception, main minds and mental factors, etc.; and the potential of the mind to attain liberation and enlightenment.
Module IV: The Path to Enlightenment
In the Tibetan tradition, the main teachings of the Buddha were formulated in a step-by-step manner that shows what one needs to do in order to attain enlightenment. This formulation is known as the lam-rim, or the stages of the path to enlightenment. In this module we will study one of the most concise lam-rim texts, the Three Principal Aspects of the Path by Lama Tsong Khapa. Although this text consists of only fourteen verses, it summarizes the main points of the entire path to enlightenment in terms of the three principal realizations: the determination to be free, the awakening mind of bodhicitta, and the correct view of emptiness.
About Ven. Sangye Khadro
Originally from California, Ven. Sangye Khadro (Kathleen McDonald) began studying Buddhism with Tibetan lamas in Dharamsala, India, in 1973. She became a nun in Nepal the following year, and received full (bhikshuni) ordination in 1988. At the request of her teachers, she began teaching in 1980, and since then has been teaching Buddhism and meditation in various countries around the world, occasionally taking time off for personal retreats. She served as resident teacher in Buddha House, Australia, for two years and in Amitabha Buddhist Centre in Singapore for eleven years. She is a graduate of the Master Program in Buddhist Studies in Sutra and Tantra, which she followed at Lama Tsong Khapa Institute in Italy from 2008-2015.
Ven. Khadro is the author of the bestselling book “How To Meditate” and she will be the center’s resident teacher from February 2016.
Registration is not mandatory if you wish to attend the course sporadically. This study program is open to all.
1. Drop-in at any given session you can and wish to attend. Suggested donation 50-100 dkk for each evening session or 250-350 dkk for the full Saturdays.
2. Frequent/Regular attendance for each module and the entire program (in person or online via live streaming).
Students who wish to prepare for the Basic Program and as such are strongly encouraged to follow all 4 modules of this course, either in person or online, have the possibility to register and support the center, for any number of modules.
Those who wish to participate actively from outside of Denmark can join the course online. If you’re interested in this option, please write to us at email@example.com (Subject line: Exploring Buddhist Philosophy – Online course). This is necessary so that we can organize the homework and assessments for those who wish to follow the entire course. Please note that despite our biggest efforts, we can not guarantee to stream each session (technical difficulties or a lack of availability to volunteers to prepare the streaming could influence certain sessions).
As the suggested donation for each class is on the sliding scale between 50-100 dkk for an evening session,
and 200 – 400 for the Full Day courses, we have set the donation amounts here to reflect the minimum donations
necessary to cover our running costs.
These donations help support the Center (which is a Non Profit and Volunteer based organization).
By donating and registering here, you are actively ensuring that the Center can keep its doors open.
We encourage you to practice generosity and we wish to express our gratitude. for you contribution.
How to Register
Please note that you can join in the program at any moment and catch up with the material online, by using our Resources page with notes, reading material and recorded Videos of the previous sessions.
If you wish to benefit for the reduced price, please use this link to pay the yearly membership of 150 dkk for the Center.
Step 1: Select the number of modules and the suggested donation
All 4 Modules (24 weeks, 24 sessions and 5 Full Day Courses) – Standard Price 3.000 dkk
All 4 Modules (24 weeks, 24 sessions and 5 Full Day Courses) – Reduced Price (unemployed, students, retirees & members of CVM) 2.200 dkk
3 Modules ( 18 weeks, 18 sessions and 3 Full Day Courses ) – Standard Price 2.250 dkk
3 Modules ( 18 weeks, 18 sessions and 3 Full Day Courses ) – Reduced Price (unemployed, students, retirees & members of CVM) 1.650 dkk
2 Modules (12 weeks, 12 sessions and 2 Full Day Courses) – Standard Price 1.500 dkk
2 Modules (12 weeks, 12 session and 2 Full Day Courses) – Reduced Price (unemployed, students, retirees & members of CVM) 1.100 dkk
1 Module (6 weeks, 6 sessions and 1 Full Day Course) – Standard price 750 dkk
1 Module (6 weeks, 6 sessions and 1 Full Day Course) – Reduced Price (unemployed, students, retirees & members of CVM) 550 dkk
Step 2: Use one of the following payment methods and make a small note in the transfer “Exploring Buddhist Philosophy”
*Mobile Pay to the number (+45) 23 69 55 04
*Paypal transfer to the account: firstname.lastname@example.org
*Bank Account info: reg. no.: 1551, account no.: 0009945024 with the marking
*Donating from an account outside of Denmark:
Address of the Center: Center for Visdom og Medfølelse, Nybrogade 26a. 1203 Copenhagen K
Name of bank: Danske Bank
IBAN no.: DK1030000009945024
If you are unable to donate
The Dharma is always free of charge but as there are some costs associated with running the event. We do want as many as possible to be able to attend this event, so if you cannot afford any of the mentioned donations, please contact us by writing to email@example.com