We’re excited to announce the first-ever FPMT Basic Programme at Jamyang Leeds! This is a rare opportunity to study classic texts from the Tibetan Buddhist canon such as “A Guide to The Bodhisattva Way of Life” by Shantideva and “Middle Length Lamrim” by Lama Tsongkhapa. See below for the list of subjects studied. This study programme is one of the most in-depth and comprehensive education programmes created by FPMT. It is suitable for those with a good foundation of Buddhist knowledge. There will be an option to follow the program online.
Starting on 25 September 2021, the Basic Programme will be taught by Venerable Tharchin, a senior monk at Nalanda Monastery.
Venerable Sonam Tharchin is a senior monk at Nalanda Monastery in France, and a very capable and approachable Western teacher of Tibetan Buddhism.
He studied the Basic Programme, completing it in 2012, and has since completed the Masters Programme. He has previously taught at Leeds (and elsewhere in the UK) in 2019, and has also taught in France, Germany, and Romania.
He was ordained in 1999 and joined Nalanda Monastery the same year. In 2002 he went to Dharamshala, to the translation programme established by Lama Zopa Rinpoche, and graduated from that two years later. Venerable Tharchin has served as translator at Nalanda ever since, and is now the main translator for Khen Rinpoche Geshe Jamphel, the Abbot of Nalanda Monastery.
If you have been attending Geshe Jamphel’s ongoing teachings on Atisha’s Lamp on the Path to Enlightenment at Jamyang Leeds, you will have met Venerable Tharchin in his role as translator.
At this stage, we are invited potential participants to express interest, and more about recruitment will follow soon
Register your interest here
Overview of what the programme will look like at Jamyang Leeds:
Since the programme itself will not begin until September 2021, Jamyang Leeds Buddhist Centre will be running a series of six Foundation Days. These days will provide a series of preparatory teachings prior to the Basic Programme. The days are open to and suitable for anyone with the level of experience described above, regardless of whether you decide to continue and enrol in the Basic Programme. The days will provide a coordinated programme of study in themselves and will be led either by Kerry Prest or David Midgley.
See more details about the foundation days here.