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Discovering Buddhism

Awakening the limitless potential of your mind, achieving all peace and happiness


The Discovering Buddhism program is the result of the combined efforts of a number of FPMT teachers and spiritual program coordinators, under the guidance and advice of Lama Zopa Rinpoche. It is an estimated two-year course for which students may receive a certificate of completion upon fulfillment of all requirements.

The aim of the Discovering Buddhism program is to give participants a solid footing in the practice of Mahayana Buddhism. By engaging in this program, you will gain an experiential taste of the Buddha's teachings, meditation retreat experience, and the skills you need to make your life more meaningful.

Within Buddhism, the determining factor of whether a teaching lineage is intact or not is the existence of a direct oral transmission from teacher to disciple, from the historical Buddha to today's living teachers. It is the FPMT's mission to preserve this unbroken lineage and assure that the blessings of the Buddha's words survive for future generations.

This program is not designed as an academic study of Buddhism but is intended to change your life.

Other study programs

Discovering Buddhism is an entry-level program in Buddhist philosophy and practice. It is one of a number of FPMT standard education programs available. Upon completion of this program, students may wish to engage in more demanding study and practice programs such as the FPMT Basic Program of Buddhist Studies or the Masters Program in Buddhist Studies (which is not given in the Netherlands):

  • Basic Program. An advanced program of study and practice focusing on nine classic Buddhist texts. This is a five-year certificate program taught by FPMT geshes and, in the future, will be taught by Masters Program graduates. This program runs in Loenen partly in Dutch).





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