Chandrakirti Meditation Centre is proud to announce that we will be implementing the Basic Program that is implemented in many FPMT centers around the world. We are scheduled to begin in early 2013, with a module on the Wheel of Sharp Weapons running from February to June and a module on the Intermediate Lam-Rim running from July to November. This is a great opportunity to study some of Tibetan Buddhism’s most treasured texts such as Je Tsongkhapa’s Middling Lam-Rim, Shantideva’s Bodhisattvacharyavatara, the Heart Sutra, Jetsun Chökyi Gyältsen’s Tenets, Maitreya’s Ornament and athagata Essence, the Wheel of Sharp Weapons and others guide the practitioner through a comprehensive study of sutra and tantra.
To answer some of your questions regarding these modules please read below:
What is the Basic Program? It is a comprehensive, practice-oriented program of teaching and meditation on Buddhist sutras and tantras. It’s aimed at students who want to progress beyond introductory level programs. It offers an opportunity to follow a structured program of Dharma training.
Who is the BP intended for? For the majority of students already attending our center, and in particular those who are ready to commit themselves to long-term study and meditation.
What is the structure of BP? The first teachings on the Stages of the Path (Intermediate Lam-rim) and Mind Training (Wheel of Sharp Weapons) are the foundation of all the other subjects which culminate in teachings on tantra. There are some subjects that are more technical like Tenets and Mind and Cognition, while others like Engaging in Boddhisattvas Deeds, have more relevance to daily life. Subjects are taught supported by meditation, discussion and retreat to help integrate the teachings. The obligatory tests at the completion of the subjects are recommended to be seen as an aid to study rather than to examine academic achievement. For a full list of all the subjects included in the BP, please see our newsletter.
What is so basic about it? It is an excellent basis for further practice or study. It is a good, all-round basic Dharma training.
What is the importance of BP? It is a way for FPMT centers to offer a structured, comprehensive presentation and training in Dharma. It has often been a problem in the past, with students only able to attend a random selection of teachings and not build on their understanding in an effective way.
What can people expect from it? If all components are successfully completed, students should have developed a good understanding of the Dharma and its application to daily life. They should also have learned how to meditate. This would be good basis for more advanced study and retreat. Students may also go on to assist with programs in the center, leading discussions or meditation, for example.
What makes a successful BP? Inspiring teachings, good translations, qualified hard-working staff to lead meditations and discussions, and of course, enthusiastic students. We would like to get students involved in running the program as much as possible and allow training situations to evolve by having students help with leading meditation, preparing and leading discussions, developing course materials etc.
The full list of subjects taught in the Basic Program includes:
1) Stages of the Path
The stages of the path to enlightenment of beings of low, middling, and great capacity.
2) Heart Sutra
Emptiness and the phenomena qualified by it.
3) Engaging in the Bodhisattva Deeds
The six perfections – generosity, morality, patience, joyous effort, concentration, and wisdom – and how to practice them in everyday life.
4) Mahayana Mind Training (Wheel of Sharp Weapons)
The law of actions and results, or karma, and the states of mind that shape our future experiences.
5) Sublime Continuum
The buddha or tathagata essence that exists within every sentient being.
6) Mind and Cognition
The way the mind knows phenomena and the mental factors that constitute the basis of our daily experience.
The philosophical systems or tenets of the four main schools of ancient Buddhist thought.
8) Ornament for Clear Realizations and Seventy Topics
The 173 aspects of the enlightened or omniscient mind.
Death, Intermediate State and Rebirth; a Highest Yoga Tantra commentary; and Grounds and Paths of Secret Mantra - the four classes of tantra with emphasis on the generation and completion stages of highest yoga tantra.
Please contact us at Chandrakirti Meditation Centre if you would like to study in New Zealand, we can help with accommodation and all your practical requirements. We would like to hear from you.
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