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

may

01may10:0017:00Event OverDeath and dying: one day courseIt is inevitable that we experience the loss of a loved one at some stage in our lives. It is also inevitable that we ourselves experience death someday. In this one day course Venerable Michael will introduce some meditation techniques on the awareness of death and the actual death process as explained in the Buddhist texts.

04may18:0020:00Event OverLamrim: the graduated path to enlightenment Module 2A new 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

05may18:0020:00Event OverPresenting the path: 6 week courseWelcome to module 3 of the Discovering Buddhism study program in which you learn about the entire path to awakening

06may18:0019:30Event OverMoved OnlineMedicine Buddha practicePlease join in a collective prayer for Geshe Sherab and monks and nuns at Kopan Monastery and Khachoe Ghakyil Ling in Nepal who are suffering from covid

08may10:0016:00How to meditate: One day retreatA day of focused meditation practices from the Discovering Buddhism module How to meditate. Open to everyone!

11may18:0020:00Lamrim: the graduated path to enlightenment Module 2A new 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

13may18:0019:30FeaturedMeditation evening with Venerable Michael: Drop-inA great opportunity to practice Buddhist meditation and learn about Buddhism in an interactive way.

18may18:0020:00Lamrim: the graduated path to enlightenment Module 2A new 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

20may18:0019:30FeaturedMeditation evening with Venerable Michael: Drop-inA great opportunity to practice Buddhist meditation and learn about Buddhism in an interactive way.

21may(may 21)16:3024(may 24)10:00Sold Out!Nyung-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.

25may18:0020:00Lamrim: the graduated path to enlightenment Module 2A new 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

26may19:1520:45Moved OnlineGuru Puja on Saka Dawa

27may18:0019:30FeaturedMeditation evening with Venerable Michael: Drop-inA great opportunity to practice Buddhist meditation and learn about Buddhism in an interactive way.

28may18:0019:30Green 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.

june

01jun18:0020:00Lamrim: the graduated path to enlightenment Module 2A new 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

03jun18:0019:30FeaturedMeditation evening with Venerable Michael: Drop-inA great opportunity to practice Buddhist meditation and learn about Buddhism in an interactive way.

08jun18:0020:00Lamrim: the graduated path to enlightenment Module 2A new 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

10jun18:0019:30FeaturedMeditation evening with Venerable Michael: Drop-inA great opportunity to practice Buddhist meditation and learn about Buddhism in an interactive way.

12jun10:0016:00Presenting the path: One day retreatA day of focused meditation practices from the Discovering Buddhism module Presenting the path. Open to everyone!

15jun18:0020:00Lamrim: the graduated path to enlightenment Module 2A new 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

22jun18:0020:00Lamrim: the graduated path to enlightenment Module 2A new 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

july

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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]

september

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