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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. 

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

december

03dec18:0019:30Event OverFeaturedMeditation evening with Venerable Michael: Drop-inA great opportunity to practice Buddhist meditation and learn about Buddhism in an interactive way.

05dec10:0016:00Event OverWisdom of emptiness: One day courseEmptiness is the true nature of everything. But this does not mean that nothing exists. It means that everything arises in dependence upon other things, that nothing has its own essential nature. Not understanding emptiness is the root of all our suffering.

06dec10:0013:00Moved OnlineFeaturedRecitation for world peace Note! Online onlyAs a warm-up before our Christmas fika, we will meet and recite the Indian master Shantideva's classic text "A guide to the Bodhisattva way of life".

10dec18:0020:00FeaturedCelebrating Lama Tsongkhapa DayLama Tsongkhapa Day is a celebration of the anniversary of Lama Tsongkhapa’s passing into parinirvana just over 600 years ago. Lama Tsongkhapa was a great scholar and practitioner whose teaching and vast activities led to the formation of the Gelug school of Tibetan Buddhism. The spiritual founders of Yeshin Norbu Meditation Center also belongs to this tradition.

11dec18:0019:30We practice together: 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.

12dec10:0016:00Transforming problems: One day retreatA day of focused meditation practices from the Discovering Buddhism module Transforming problems. Open to everyone!

17dec18:0019:30FeaturedMeditation evening with Venerable Michael: Drop-inA great opportunity to practice Buddhist meditation and learn about Buddhism in an interactive way.

january

19jan18:0020:00FeaturedIntroduction 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?

21jan18:0019:30FeaturedMeditation evening with Venerable Michael: Drop-inA great opportunity to practice Buddhist meditation and learn about Buddhism in an interactive way.

23jan10:0016:00Wisdom of emptiness: One day retreatA day of focused meditation practices from the Discovering Buddhism module Wisdom of emptiness. Open to everyone!

27jan18:0020:00Introduction to tantra: 4 week courseWelcome to module 13 of the Discovering Buddhism study program in which you will learn about tantra.

28jan18:0019:30FeaturedMeditation evening with Venerable Michael: Drop-inA great opportunity to practice Buddhist meditation and learn about Buddhism in an interactive way.

february

04feb18:0019:30FeaturedMeditation evening with Venerable Michael: Drop-inA great opportunity to practice Buddhist meditation and learn about Buddhism in an interactive way.

06feb10:0017:00All you wanted to know about ritual but were afraid to ask: one day courseAs a preparation for engaging in meditational practices to gain higher realizations, the Buddha presented practices for accumulating merit and purifying negative karmas, which are known as the Seven Limb Practices. This course will cover the significance and purpose of these practices and how to implement them in one’s daily life.

09feb18:0020:00Introduction 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?

13feb10:0016:00Introduction to tantra: One day retreatA day of focused meditation practices from the Discovering Buddhism module Introduction to tantra. Open to everyone!

18feb18:0019:30FeaturedMeditation evening with Venerable Michael: Drop-inA great opportunity to practice Buddhist meditation and learn about Buddhism in an interactive way.

23feb18:0020:00Introduction to Buddhist meditation: 5 week course You will learn how you can overcome distraction, develop tools for transforming disturbing emotions into constructive mental states, and cultivate the sense of contentment and satisfaction with life.

24feb18:0020:00Mind and its potential: 4 week courseUnderstanding the mind is fundamental to all Buddhist practice. By transforming our minds we transform our experience. Science has also shown that by changing our minds we can change our brains. If we understand our mind we can uproot our deepest problems and cultivate our fullest potential. This is module 1 of the Discovering Buddhism study program.

25feb18:0019:30FeaturedMeditation evening with Venerable Michael: Drop-inA great opportunity to practice Buddhist meditation and learn about Buddhism in an interactive way.

26feb18:0019:30Medicine 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.

27feb10:0017:00The 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.

march

11mar18:0019:30FeaturedMeditation evening with Venerable Michael: Drop-inA great opportunity to practice Buddhist meditation and learn about Buddhism in an interactive way.

18mar18:0019:30FeaturedMeditation evening with Venerable Michael: Drop-inA great opportunity to practice Buddhist meditation and learn about Buddhism in an interactive way.

20mar10:0017:00Introduction to Karma - the law of cause and effect: one day courseWhy do we feel elated and happy at certain times and completely deflated, sad and confused at other times? Are other people and external circumstances the main cause that make us feel happy or sad, or could it be related to our own thoughts and actions in some way?

25mar18:0019:30FeaturedMeditation evening with Venerable Michael: Drop-inA great opportunity to practice Buddhist meditation and learn about Buddhism in an interactive way.

27mar10:0016:00Mind and its potential: One day retreatA day of focused meditation practices from the Discovering Buddhism module Mind and its potential. Open to everyone!

31mar18:0020:00How to meditate: 6 week courseWelcome to module 2 of the Discovering Buddhism study program in which you will learn about meditation.

april

01apr18:0019:30FeaturedMeditation evening with Venerable Michael: Drop-inA great opportunity to practice Buddhist meditation and learn about Buddhism in an interactive way.

15apr18:0019:30FeaturedMeditation evening with Venerable Michael: Drop-inA great opportunity to practice Buddhist meditation and learn about Buddhism in an interactive way.

22apr18:0019:30FeaturedMeditation evening with Venerable Michael: Drop-inA great opportunity to practice Buddhist meditation and learn about Buddhism in an interactive way.

23apr18:0019:30Green 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.

27apr18:0020:00Buddhism in a nutshell: 5 week courseThis course presents a scientific and logical explanation of the nature of our lives and the source of happiness and dissatisfaction. You will learn how the mind is the creator of our world and experiences and how the full potential of our mind can be achieved.

29apr18:0019:30FeaturedMeditation evening with Venerable Michael: Drop-inA great opportunity to practice Buddhist meditation and learn about Buddhism in an interactive way.

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