We’re excited to announce that we are now planning to run 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.

Starting in September 2021, the Basic Programme will be taught by Venerable Tharchin, a senior monk at Nalanda Monastery. More details coming soon!

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.

At this stage, we are getting feedback from interested participants.

Register your interest here

Overview of what the programme will look like at Jamyang Leeds:

  • Text-based: Study and practice of sutra & tantra jewels from the Tibetan Buddhist canon

  • Presented by a qualified Western teacher and teaching assistant

  • Including study, conduct, practice and retreat, and service and training components

  • Regular tests, reading materials, online support, subject completion cards and BP full completion certificate

  • 9 weekends a year, plus retreats

  • Designed by Lama Zopa Rinpoche

  • Offering 10 subjects, over 5 years

  • Suggested donation: £600 per year (instalments possible)


Basic Program study includes:

  • Stages of the Path: the stages of the path to enlightenment of beings of low, middling, and great capacity
  • Heart Sutra: emptiness and the phenomena qualified by it
  • Mahayana Mind Training: Wheel of Sharp Weapons: the law of actions and results, or karma, and the states of mind that shape our future experiences
  • Engaging in the Bodhisattva Deeds: the six perfections—generosity, morality, patience, joyous effort, concentration, and wisdom—and how to practice them in everyday life
  • Mind and Cognition: the way the mind knows phenomena and the mental factors that constitute the basis of our daily experience
  • Tenets: the philosophical systems, or tenets, of the four main schools of ancient Buddhist thought
  • Ornament for Clear Realizations and Seventy Topics: the 173 aspects of the omniscient mind and the practices that enable to achieve them
  • The Tathagata Essence: the buddha lineage or tathagata essence that exists within every sentient being
  • Grounds and Paths of Secret Mantra; Death, Intermediate State and Rebirth; and a Highest Yoga Tantra Commentary: the four classes of tantra with emphasis on the generation and completion stages of highest yoga tantra
  •  The Three Basic Bodies: Death, Intermediate State and Rebirth: These states underpin samsara, but they are also the three ‘basic bodies’ of Highest Yoga Tantra practice, forming the bases the truth, enjoyment and emanation bodies of a buddha.