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When we studied Buddhism, we are studying ourselves, the nature of our mind. Rather than focusing in a supreme being, Buddhism emphasizes more practical topics: how we live, how we integrate our mind and how to make our daily life quiet and healthy. In other words, Buddhism always emphasizes the knowledge and wisdom of experience and is not a dogmatic view.
- Lama Thubten Yeshe
Places on earth where you can study the pure teachings of Lama Tsongkhapa are very few. That's why it is considered something very precious.
- Lama Zopa Rinpoche

   
We offer a wide range of programs to meet the needs of all those interested, beginners and advanced practitioners. From introductory meditation courses to classes for beginners, from Lam Rim to the five major philosophical texts, FPMT centers , all you need to learn, practice and fully know the teachings of the Buddha. All the study programmes embody the FPMT Culture of Wisdom.
 


Introductory courses

Buddhist meditation is an introductory course on basic Buddhist meditation techniques for beginners. It teaches basic Buddhist meditations that anyone can use to create more peace and happiness in daily life. Available in many FPMT centers in Spain and around the world. Buddhism in a nutshell is an introductory course on Buddhism for beginners. It presents the philosophy and the basic Buddhist principles in the context of Tibetan Mahayana and provides simple instructions on meditation. Available in many FPMT centers in Spain and around the world.


To establish a good base



Discovering Buddhism
It awakens the unlimited potential of your mind to achieve all the peace and happiness
Discover Buddhism gives students a solid foundation for the practice of Tibetan Mahayana Buddhism. This two-year course offers students the opportunity to experience the teachings of the Buddha, the retreat and the practice and to develop the capacity to live a more meaningful life. Available in many FPMT centers in Spain and around the world.
Foundation of Buddhist Thought is a two-year course taught in English by the FPMT Geshe Tashi Tsering of the Jamyang Buddhist Centre in London. It is a comprehensive course to apply Buddhist thought in our daily lives. Offered in Jamyang Buddhist Centre and available as a correspondence course.

Spain centres where Discovering Buddhism is taught:

Living the path Is the last FPMT program which is developing, it presents the teachings of Lama Yeshe and Lama Zopa Rinpoche. Prepared materials are available online in English and are being translated into Spanish Tips for the time of death is a five-session program that provides a clear understanding on how to help yourself and others at the time of death. It is being developed in Spanish.


Buddhism in depth



The Basic Program was designed by Lama Zopa Rinpoche as an integrated program of Buddhist studies for modern circumstances. A very comprehensive five-year course oriented to practice, for committed students who wish to progress in the study and the practice. Offered in many FPMT centres around the world.
 

Spain centres where the Basic Program is taught:

Masters Program is an intensive, full-time residential study of Buddhist sutra and tantra. It is based on traditional Geshe degree program of Tibetan Guelug monastic universities and provides students committed to the tradition of Lama Tsong Khapa the opportunity of further study and to become FPMT qualified teachers. The program consists of five and half years of study and one year of retreat. It is taught at Lama Tzong Khapa Institute in Italy, where lessons are in Tibetan with English and Italian translation, it is a distance learning course as well.. There is also a condensed master program for part-time students that can be set up in centers.
 


Looking ahead: Buddhist universities



Maitripa College's Advanced Buddhist Studies Program is a four-year master level program in which texts and major commentaries on monastic study program are studied, as well as Tibetan language, meditation and social service. The program was designed by Yangsi Rinpoche supported by Lama Zopa Rinpoche and serves as a basis for establishing a fully accredited Buddhist university.
 
 
Lotsawa Rinchen Zangpo Translator Program is a 4-year Tibetan interpreter training in order to provide interpreters whose first language is that of the countries where the FPMT centers are. The program consists of two years of intensive study in Dharamsala, India, followed by two years of practice in a Dharma Center as a Tibetan Geshe interpreter.
 

Wisdom Culture of FPMT

All FPMT study programs, especially "Discovering Buddhism" are presented in a context that reflects FPMT culture of wisdom.

The key points of our culture of wisdom are

  • Openness and broad vision in the presentation of Dharma, as shown in Lama Yeshe's style of teaching. Using non-traditional, although pure methods. Making the Dharma accessible according to the culture and needs of students.

  • Detailed and deep instructions, as Lama Zopa Rinpoche shows in his teachings. Emphasizing how to practice and the meaning of the practice. Emphasizing the importance of motivation and dedication.

  • Constant practice of accumulation of merit and purification, as something essential to provide temporary happiness and preparing the mind for spiritual achievements.

  • Lam Rim experimental teaching methods and Kopan-style courses.

  • Respect for the ordained Sangha.

  • Retreats and regular meditation practices
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  • Use of standard practices recommended by Lama Zopa Rinpoche.

  • Confidence in tantric methods, encouraging students to have spiritual confidence.

  •  Cultivation of a feeling of intimate family. The FPMT is a family of practitioners.

  •  Service. Cultivation of the attitude and desire to be of service to others. Think big.

  • Appreciate others. Show a universal love for all beings. Great love.

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