Advanced Study Program at Chenrezig Institute
Offering intensive study for serious students and creating FPMT teachers!
The Advanced Study Program offered at Chenrezig Institute is a comprehensive, five-year, 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 to a more advanced level of study and practice.
Some of Tibetan Buddhism’s most treasured texts form the heart of the program, guiding the practitioner through a comprehensive study of sutra and tantra. Its comprehensive curriculum greatly enhances students’ Dharma understanding, establishing a sound basis for ongoing study, practice, retreat and service.
Throughout the program students apply themselves to practicing Buddhist ethics, in particular, the five precepts and awareness of positive and negative states in one’s mind. They are encouraged to develop the practice of patience and concern for others with a bodhichitta motivation.
Teachings are with our resident teacher, Geshe Phuntsok Tsultrim, personally chosen for Chenrezig Institute by Kyabje Lama Zopa Rinpoche, with his experienced interpreter and Basic Program graduate, Ven Kartson (aka Yaki Platt), who is also assisting with tutorials.
Our presentation of the Basic Program is special, and unique in this area since we are able to offer intensive in-house teachings in modules of between four to eight weeks, [although some subjects like the Grounds and Paths of Secret Mantra and the Graduated Path to Enlightenment are allocated 2-5 modules]. We offer both teachings and tutorials and complement those with discussion and meditation led by our own students.
It is recommended to attend all subjects in the order they are offered for the best results, but students may attend individual modules. Homestudy packages of all subjects are available in case students wish to complete some subjects in their own time at home.
In line with Lama Zopa’s advice, all students are also recommended to make merit through taking part in regular service and to make their study time joyful and beneficial by applying the teachings to their meditations and behaviour. Students are encouraged to stay on site and involve themselves in all the other spiritual practices of a busy dharma centre.
It should be clear to all that this program is advanced study. It is for students who have some basic understanding of Buddhist Principles and who wish to apply themselves seriously to the sometimes complex material taught. The teaching assistant and senior students will support newer students along the way as much as possible and materials from previous courses are made available both for preparation prior to attending the courses, and for clarification during the study time.
The nine core subjects of FPMT’s Basic Program are:
- Mind and Cognition
- Buddhist Tenets
- A Guide to the Bodhisattva’s Way of Life
- The Graduated Path to Enlightenment
- The Heart Sutra
- Mahayana Mind Training (Wheel of Sharp Weapons)
- The Sublime Continuum
- The Fourth Chapter of the Ornament of Clear Realisation
- The Grounds and Paths of Secret Mantra – the Lower Tantras and Highest Yoga Tantra
Plus three supplementary subjects
- Seventy Topics
- Death Intermediate State and Rebirth (the Three Kayas)
- A Highest Yoga Tantra Commentary
In addition, Chenrezig Institute complements these subjects with:
- Collected Topics
- Sutra Grounds and Paths
- Signs and Reasoning
Advanced Study Program for 2019
In 2019 the Advanced Study Program will cover Grounds and Paths of Secret Mantra – the Lower Tantras and Highest Yoga Tantra. This subject taught over two modules offers a concise overview of the structure of the tantric path, widely acclaimed in Tibet as the swiftest and most sublime means to realize buddhahood. Presenting the paths of all four classes of tantra, while not being a guide to highest yoga tantra practice itself, this subject provides a clear overview of its complex path structure.
The modules will be taught on Tuesdays and Wednesdays with a supporting schedule of meditation, service, tutorials and group discussion. Students are encouraged to stay on site where possible and take advantage of our excellent library and conducive environment.
For those unable to attend in person, online study of the materials presented will also be offered.
Dates and facility fees for each module will be released shortly. Meals and accommodation are also available (purchased separately) and are discounted by a further 10% for students staying onsite throughout the course.
Sangha are offered these teachings and materials free of charge but are also asked to register their intentions with the coordinator as early as possible.
We are also committed to helping those in financial need to attend. Please contact the coordinator early to discuss any financial issues.
Please contact the coordinator on email@example.com to be included on an email update list or for further information about the courses.