Basic Programme

The Basic Programme of the FPMT begins at Saraswati Buddhist Group in April 2018. The first subject, Mahayana Mind Training is open for registration.

The root text for the study is The Wheel of Sharp Weapons by Dharmarakshita. If this particular course is a success, then we shall continue to study the whole programme.

Mahayana is the vehicle of those, namely the bodhisattvas, who seek enlightenment for the sake of all sentient beings. Mind Training (Tibetan: Lo Jong) is a powerful approach to transforming the challenges and difficulties encountered in daily life, into a spiritual practice of universal compassion. The basic method is to take one’s own problems as an example, leading one to think about the problems of everyone, and thereby transcend selfish concern.

This practice brings extraordinary happiness, peace and harmony to oneself and others. Everyone is welcome.

Those who wish to get the most out of the course are recommended to register by emailing juliacallow@sky.com. By registering you will be eligible to attend extra study sessions, to receive additional study materials including commentaries, and to have access to support from the teacher, Andy Wistreich.

To register for this programme you must already have a reasonable foundation of knowledge of and commitment to Buddhist teachings, such as having followed the Discovering Buddhism programme or equivalent. Registered students are expected to attend a minimum of two thirds of the sessions. Sessions unavoidably missed should be studied subsequently through the recordings. Also, those registered will have the opportunity to do a simple email-based test at the end of the module, as an encouragement to review and recall what has been learned.

Without registering you are welcome to drop into sessions at any time. The classes will include meditation, talk and discussion, and will be easy to understand, whatever your level of knowledge. As with Discovering Buddhism, this is a wonderful opportunity to deepen your practice and knowledge whatever level of commitment you make.

There will be a session on Sunday 8th April 3-6pm for those who have registered or are thinking of doing so. The approach to study will be explained, and there will be opportunities to ask questions and learn about the Basic Programme as a whole. 

The classes for the course will take place from 7-9pm on Tuesdays 24th April, 1st, 8th, 15th, 22nd and 29th May, 5th June and 3rd July. There will be a second Sunday afternoon session for registered students on Sunday 27th May 3-6pm.

The root text is published in a book, Peacock in the Poison Grove by Geshe Lhundup Sopa (pub. Wisdom Publications) which you might like to purchase as it contains excellent commentary and background information.

If you want more information about or to register for the course, please contact the coordinator juliacallow@sky.com.