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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

september

01sep18:0020:00Event OverIntroduction 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.

03sep18:0019:30Event OverFeaturedMeditation evening with Venerable Michael: Drop-inA great opportunity to practice Buddhist meditation and learn about Buddhism in an interactive way.

04sep19:0021:00Event OverHow to develop Bodhichitta: Public talkIn this public talk, Venerable Michael Yeshe will give an introduction to the Discovering Buddhism module How to Develop Bodhicitta. He will give an overview of the subject that suits both those who participate in Discovering Buddhism and those who are completely new to the subject. Everyone is welcome!

04sep(sep 4)19:0006(sep 6)16:00Event OverHow to develop Bodhichitta: Weekend courseBodhichitta is the wish to strive to fully develop our own potential of loving kindness, compassion and wisdom so that we can be of real benefit to others. Discover the clear meditation instructions available in Tibetan Buddhism that enable you to develop your innate qualities of loving kindness and compassion.

10sep18:0019:30Event OverFeaturedMeditation evening with Venerable Michael: Drop-inA great opportunity to practice Buddhist meditation and learn about Buddhism in an interactive way.

11sep18:3020:30Event OverIntroduction to tantric visualization meditation: Public talkThis public talk is suitable for both beginners and more experienced meditators, and is recommended for those who want to participate in our course Tantric visualization meditation: 4-week course or drop-in.

12sep09:3012:00Event OverTantric visualization meditation: drop-in or courseThis course constitutes a practical introduction to Yidam practice: meditation on forms of Buddha nature or enlightened mind. For experienced practitioners, it offers a new approach and understanding of Yidams based on Western Psychology.

17sep18:0019:30Event OverFeaturedMeditation evening with Venerable Michael: Drop-inA great opportunity to practice Buddhist meditation and learn about Buddhism in an interactive way.

18sep18:0019:30Event OverWe 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.

19sep10:0016:00Event OverHow to develop Bodhichitta: One day retreatA day of focused meditation practices from the Discovering Buddhism module How to develop Bodhichitta. Open to everyone!

24sep18:0019:30Event OverFeaturedMeditation evening with Venerable Michael: Drop-inA great opportunity to practice Buddhist meditation and learn about Buddhism in an interactive way.

28sep18:0020:00FeaturedIntroduction 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?

october

01oct18:0019:30FeaturedMeditation evening with Venerable Michael: Drop-inA great opportunity to practice Buddhist meditation and learn about Buddhism in an interactive way.

03oct09:3012:00Tantric visualization meditation: drop-inThis course constitutes a practical introduction to Yidam practice: meditation on forms of Buddha nature or enlightened mind. For experienced practitioners, it offers a new approach and understanding of Yidams based on Western Psychology.

06oct18:0020:00FeaturedBuddhism 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.

07oct18:0020:00FeaturedTransforming problems: 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 11 of the Discovering Buddhism study program.

08oct18:0019:30FeaturedMeditation evening with Venerable Michael: Drop-inA great opportunity to practice Buddhist meditation and learn about Buddhism in an interactive way.

10oct10:0016:00Transforming problems: One day courseIn this one day course, Venerable Michael Yeshe will give an overview of the subject Transforming problems, which is studied more in depth in module 11 of the Discovering Buddhism study program. The week end course suits both those who participate in Discovering Buddhism and those who are completely new.

15oct18:0019:30FeaturedMeditation evening with Venerable Michael: Drop-inA great opportunity to practice Buddhist meditation and learn about Buddhism in an interactive way.

16oct18:0019:30We 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.

17oct09:3012:00Tantric visualization meditation: drop-inThis course constitutes a practical introduction to Yidam practice: meditation on forms of Buddha nature or enlightened mind. For experienced practitioners, it offers a new approach and understanding of Yidams based on Western Psychology.

22oct18:0019:30FeaturedMeditation evening with Venerable Michael: Drop-inA great opportunity to practice Buddhist meditation and learn about Buddhism in an interactive way.

23oct(oct 23)16:3028(oct 28)10:00Nyung-nĂ€: Retreat for experienced practitionersNyung-nĂ€ retreat is an intensive purification retreat that includes fasting, precepts, prostrations, prayers, mantra recitation, and offerings. It’s a Vajrayana practice from the Kriya (Action) class of Tantra, based on the deity Thousand-Armed Chenrezig (the Buddha of Compassion) and is extremely powerful for purifying negative karma and opening the heart to compassion.

November

02nov18:0020:00Introduction 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?

05nov18:0019:30FeaturedMeditation evening with Venerable Michael: Drop-inA great opportunity to practice Buddhist meditation and learn about Buddhism in an interactive way.

07nov10:0016:00Mind and its potential: One day courseIn this one day course, Venerable Michael Yeshe will give an overview of the subject Mind and its potential, which is studied more in depth in module 1 of the Discovering Buddhism study program. The week end course suits both those who participate in Discovering Buddhism and those who are completely new.

09nov18:0020:00Mind 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.

11nov18:0020:30Wisdom of emptiness: 6 week 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. This is module 12 of the Discovering Buddhism study program.

12nov18:0019:30FeaturedMeditation evening with Venerable Michael: Drop-inA great opportunity to practice Buddhist meditation and learn about Buddhism in an interactive way.

13nov18:0019:30We 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.

17nov18:0020:00Introduction 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.

19nov18:0019:30FeaturedMeditation evening with Venerable Michael: Drop-inA great opportunity to practice Buddhist meditation and learn about Buddhism in an interactive way.

21nov09:3012:00Tantric visualization meditation: drop-inThis course constitutes a practical introduction to Yidam practice: meditation on forms of Buddha nature or enlightened mind. For experienced practitioners, it offers a new approach and understanding of Yidams based on Western Psychology.

26nov18:0019:30FeaturedMeditation evening with Venerable Michael: Drop-inA great opportunity to practice Buddhist meditation and learn about Buddhism in an interactive way.

december

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

05dec10:0016:00Wisdom of emptiness: One day courseIn this one day course, Venerable Michael Yeshe will give an overview of the subject Wisdom of emptiness, which is studied more in depth in module 12 of the Discovering Buddhism study program. The week end course suits both those who participate in Discovering Buddhism and those who are completely new.

10dec18:0019:30FeaturedMeditation evening with Venerable Michael: Drop-inA great opportunity to practice Buddhist meditation and learn about Buddhism in an interactive way.

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!