Buddhism

Buddhist philosophy is about cultivating compassion, wisdom, kindness and genuine happiness. We offer courses, retreats, drop-ins and opportunities for group practice to fulfill the needs of both beginners and experienced practitioners. 

We offer the introductory courses Introduction to Buddhist Meditation and Buddhism in a Nutshell, as well as the two-year study program Discovering Buddhism and Lamrim: the graduated path to enlightenment course. 

We offer drop-ins which allow a more open format and flexibility. Come and meditate and interact with Venerable Michael, or join our group practices. We also offer a course and drop-ins in tantric visualization meditation. Last but not least, we organize weekend courses with visiting teachers who are registered FPMT teachers.  

Our events are in line with Wisdom Culture that is infused with the wisdom and compassion of Lama Thubten Yeshe and Lama Zopa Rinpoche. The key points of the FPMT Wisdom Culture are:

  • Openness and breadth in presenting the Dharma. Lama Yeshe’s teaching style was non-traditional, yet completely pure in source and content. 
  • Detail and depth of instruction. Lama Zopa Rinpoche’s teaching style emphasizes how to practice and making each moment deeply meaningful through bodhichitta and emptiness. 
  • The FPMT Wisdom Culture encourages realization of the lam-rim teachings in the heart, not just intellectual study.
  • Constant practice of merit accumulation and purification. These practices are emphasized as essential to bringing temporal happiness and preparing the mind for realization.
  • Reliance on tantra; encouraging students to have spiritual confidence.
  • Respect and support for ordained Sangha. We consider ordained Sangha essential to the tradition.
  • Cultivation of a close family feeling. FPMT is a worldwide family of practitioners, united by our culture, devotion to our teachers, and standard practice materials.
  • Thinking big. We cultivate the wish to be of great benefit to countless beings, and then put that wish into practice!
  • Big love. Cherishing others. Imparting a universal love for all beings.

Upcoming Buddhist events

august

13aug(aug 13)18:0020(aug 20)14:00Sold Out!FeaturedHeart Sutra summer retreat with Stephan Pende:This retreat is fully booked, if you want to be on the waiting list email [email protected]

24aug18:0019:30FeaturedIntroduction to Buddhism: Free eventIn this introduction you will learn about the essence of Buddhism. Is Buddhism religion or science of mind? What is happiness? What is the meaning of life?

27aug18:0019:30Green Tara practice: Drop-inGroup practice is a great way to enhance our enthusiasm for meditation, develop the habit of daily practice, and share the joy of being a part of the community of like-minded people.

28aug10:0017:00The meaning of life - from a Buddhist perspective: One day courseAt certain points in our lives we may find ourselves asking questions such as, why am I here and what is the purpose of my life? Is everything predetermined or can I change the direction of my life? Is there an end to our problems and can we be truly happy? In this one day course Venerable Michael will give an introduction to the Four Noble Truths, the first teaching the Buddha gave after reaching enlightenment.

31aug18:0020:00Lamrim: the graduated path to enlightenment Module 3The course for those who have studied Discovering Buddhism or other programs within Tibetan Buddhism and want to delve deeper, reflect, and meditate on lamrim subjects

september

01sep18:0020:00Spiritual Teacher: 4 week courseWelcome to module 4 of the Discovering Buddhism study program in which you learn about the role of a spiritual teacher

07sep18:0020:00Lamrim: the graduated path to enlightenment Module 3The course for those who have studied Discovering Buddhism or other programs within Tibetan Buddhism and want to delve deeper, reflect, and meditate on lamrim subjects

08sep20:0021:30Moved OnlineNagarjuna’s Philosophy: Emptiness and the Ultimate Nature of the MindIn-depth lecture series delivered by Geshe Namdak from Jamyang Buddhist Centre in London on one of the most important texts in the Buddhist canon, authored by one of the tradition’s most influential philosophers

09sep18:0019:15The Eight Verses for Training the Mind: 4 week courseOver four weeks Venerable Michael will give commentary to the classical text composed by Kadampa Master Langri Tangpa

11sep10:0013:00Recitation for world peaceWe will recite "A guide to the Bodhisattva way of life" for world peace. Come join us!

14sep18:0020:00Lamrim: the graduated path to enlightenment Module 3The course for those who have studied Discovering Buddhism or other programs within Tibetan Buddhism and want to delve deeper, reflect, and meditate on lamrim subjects

15sep20:0021:30Moved OnlineNagarjuna’s Philosophy: Emptiness and the Ultimate Nature of the MindIn-depth lecture series delivered by Geshe Namdak from Jamyang Buddhist Centre in London on one of the most important texts in the Buddhist canon, authored by one of the tradition’s most influential philosophers

17sep18:0019:30Medicine Buddha practice: Drop-inGroup practice is a great way to enhance our enthusiasm for meditation, develop the habit of daily practice, and share the joy of being a part of the community of like-minded people.

21sep18:0020:00Lamrim: the graduated path to enlightenment Module 3The course for those who have studied Discovering Buddhism or other programs within Tibetan Buddhism and want to delve deeper, reflect, and meditate on lamrim subjects

22sep20:0021:30Moved OnlineNagarjuna’s Philosophy: Emptiness and the Ultimate Nature of the MindIn-depth lecture series delivered by Geshe Namdak from Jamyang Buddhist Centre in London on one of the most important texts in the Buddhist canon, authored by one of the tradition’s most influential philosophers

25sep10:0016:00Spiritual Teacher: One Day RetreatA day of focused meditation practices from the Discovering Buddhism module Spiritual Teacher. Open to everyone!

28sep18:0020:00Lamrim: the graduated path to enlightenment Module 3The course for those who have studied Discovering Buddhism or other programs within Tibetan Buddhism and want to delve deeper, reflect, and meditate on lamrim subjects

29sep18:0020:00Death and Rebirth: 5 week courseWelcome to module 5 of the Discovering Buddhism study program in which you learn about death and rebirth

29sep20:0021:30Moved OnlineNagarjuna’s Philosophy: Emptiness and the Ultimate Nature of the MindIn-depth lecture series delivered by Geshe Namdak from Jamyang Buddhist Centre in London on one of the most important texts in the Buddhist canon, authored by one of the tradition’s most influential philosophers

october

05oct18:0020:00Lamrim: the graduated path to enlightenment Module 3The course for those who have studied Discovering Buddhism or other programs within Tibetan Buddhism and want to delve deeper, reflect, and meditate on lamrim subjects

06oct20:0021:30Moved OnlineNagarjuna’s Philosophy: Emptiness and the Ultimate Nature of the MindIn-depth lecture series delivered by Geshe Namdak from Jamyang Buddhist Centre in London on one of the most important texts in the Buddhist canon, authored by one of the tradition’s most influential philosophers

12oct18:0020:00Lamrim: the graduated path to enlightenment Module 3The course for those who have studied Discovering Buddhism or other programs within Tibetan Buddhism and want to delve deeper, reflect, and meditate on lamrim subjects

13oct20:0021:30Moved OnlineNagarjuna’s Philosophy: Emptiness and the Ultimate Nature of the MindIn-depth lecture series delivered by Geshe Namdak from Jamyang Buddhist Centre in London on one of the most important texts in the Buddhist canon, authored by one of the tradition’s most influential philosophers

16oct10:0017:00The two truths: one day courseThe Buddha presented the teachings on the two truths as a means to understand reality on two levels – the conventional and ultimate mode of existence of everything. It is when we are unaware of the different levels of reality that we make mistakes and create causes for misery in our own and others’ lives.

19oct18:0020:00Lamrim: the graduated path to enlightenment Module 4The course for those who have studied Discovering Buddhism or other programs within Tibetan Buddhism and want to delve deeper, reflect, and meditate on lamrim subjects

20oct20:0021:30Moved OnlineNagarjuna’s Philosophy: Emptiness and the Ultimate Nature of the MindIn-depth lecture series delivered by Geshe Namdak from Jamyang Buddhist Centre in London on one of the most important texts in the Buddhist canon, authored by one of the tradition’s most influential philosophers

22oct18:0019:30Green Tara practice: Drop-inGroup practice is a great way to enhance our enthusiasm for meditation, develop the habit of daily practice, and share the joy of being a part of the community of like-minded people.

26oct18:0020:00Lamrim: the graduated path to enlightenment Module 4The course for those who have studied Discovering Buddhism or other programs within Tibetan Buddhism and want to delve deeper, reflect, and meditate on lamrim subjects

27oct20:0021:30Moved OnlineNagarjuna’s Philosophy: Emptiness and the Ultimate Nature of the MindIn-depth lecture series delivered by Geshe Namdak from Jamyang Buddhist Centre in London on one of the most important texts in the Buddhist canon, authored by one of the tradition’s most influential philosophers

30oct10:0016:00Death and Rebirth: One Day RetreatA day of focused meditation practices from the Discovering Buddhism module Death and Rebirth. Open to everyone!

november

03nov20:0021:30Moved OnlineNagarjuna’s Philosophy: Emptiness and the Ultimate Nature of the MindIn-depth lecture series delivered by Geshe Namdak from Jamyang Buddhist Centre in London on one of the most important texts in the Buddhist canon, authored by one of the tradition’s most influential philosophers

08nov18:0019:00Monday Night MeditationCalm your mind and set up your motivation for the upcoming week

09nov18:0020:00Lamrim: the graduated path to enlightenment Module 4The course for those who have studied Discovering Buddhism or other programs within Tibetan Buddhism and want to delve deeper, reflect, and meditate on lamrim subjects

10nov18:0020:00All about Karma: 4 week courseWelcome to module 6 of the Discovering Buddhism study program in which you learn about the concept of karma

10nov20:0021:30Moved OnlineNagarjuna’s Philosophy: Emptiness and the Ultimate Nature of the MindIn-depth lecture series delivered by Geshe Namdak from Jamyang Buddhist Centre in London on one of the most important texts in the Buddhist canon, authored by one of the tradition’s most influential philosophers

15nov18:0019:00Monday Night MeditationCalm your mind and set up your motivation for the upcoming week

16nov18:0020:00Lamrim: the graduated path to enlightenment Module 4The course for those who have studied Discovering Buddhism or other programs within Tibetan Buddhism and want to delve deeper, reflect, and meditate on lamrim subjects