Study & Contemplation
Discovering Buddhism is an ongoing program developed by the Foundation for the Preservation of the Mahayana Tradition (FPMT) that takes major topics of the Buddha's teachings on the spiritual path and one by one and explores them over 5-10 week courses. It is meant to be an impactful introduction taught in an engaging and practical way to foster personal contemplation and integration of the teachings into one's daily life.
Each course has lectures, meditation, supplemental readings, discussion, reflective homework assignments, and a two-day meditation retreat at the end to give a experiential taste through guided meditation on teachings covered during the course.
The courses can be taken for the FPMT certificate program, and if all 14 modules are completed, including the additional requirements of meditation practice, one can work toward becoming a registered FPMT instructor of the courses to benefit others. For more info on the program, please visit FPMT's website.
Below are the 14 courses covered through Discovering Buddhism.
Our current course can be found on our home page:
1. Mind and Its Potential
2. How to Meditate
3. Presenting the Path
4. The Spiritual Teacher
5. Death and Rebirth
6. All About Karma
7. Refuge in the Three Jewels
8. Establishing a Daily Practice
9. Samsara and Nirvana
10. How to Develop Bodhichitta
11. Transforming Problems
12. Wisdom of Emptiness
13. Introduction to Tantra
14. Special Integration Experiences
We have a weekly meditation that is open to all levels of experience, focusing on familiarizing with four traditional practices, which include calming the mind, chanting, contemplation, visualization and mantra. Additional practices are also done for special occasions and reasons at different times of the year. Please see our homepage calendar for our practice schedule.
Retreats, Workshops & Empowerments
We regularly host senior teachers within the FPMT lineage to give retreats, public talks, workshops and tantric empowerments throughout the year as visiting faculty. Because we are connected with the huge worldwide network of the Foundation for the Preservation of the Mahayana Tradition, we have the great fortune to regularly host Tibetan lineage masters and Western teachers who embody the tradition with decades of experience practicing, studying and teaching Tibetan Buddhism.
These retreats and workshops serve to provide a living connection to the lineage, and the inspiration and insight that arises when learning from those who live from a deep understanding of the teachings.