Exploring Buddhism

Our current cycle of this new course launched in October 2021. Exploring Buddhism is a new study programme by FPMT Educational Services, and is currently in the pilot stage of development.

If you would like to enrol, please get in touch by emailing Kamlo, our Spiritual Programme Coordinator at [email protected]. Enrolment grants new students access to the learning platform where they will find recordings of previous teachings and other learning materials which they can use to catch up at their own pace.

Open Day

We held an Open Day before the launch of the current cycle of Exploring Buddhism. During the session, students had the opportunity to ask their questions about the course.

Why Exploring Buddhism?

The course syllabus prepares students to engage in more advanced Buddhist studies by introducing key Buddhist philosophical concepts and connecting them to the context of practice and realisation. Exploring Buddhism also familiarises students with text-based explanations and weaves scientific perspectives into the course content.

The course also provides a holistic presentation of the Buddhist worldview, including the interrelated perspectives of Buddhist psychology, philosophy and practice. Read more.

Geshe Namdak, Resident Teacher of Jamyang London Buddhist Centre.

About the Teacher

Our courses and classes on Buddhist philosophy and practice rely on a skilled teacher to bring them to life. We’re extremely fortunate to have a supremely qualified Resident Teacher to do just that.

After completing his university studies in Hydrology, Geshe Namdak worked as an environmental researcher in the Netherlands. He began studying Buddhism at Maitreya Institute and was eventually ordained by His Holiness the Dalai Lama before completing the 20-year Geshe degree at Sera Jey monastic university in India, as well as the traditional one-year Vajrayana study program at Gyume Tantric College.

Few people can combine this extensive Buddhist education with a rigorous scientific training. The result is Geshe Namdak’s unique teaching style, which is at once incisive, clear, warm and humorous.

The Syllabus

1. Exploring the Mind6. Exploring Prayers and Practices11. Exploring Grounds and Paths
2. Exploring Meditation7. Exploring Preliminary Practices12. Exploring the Middle Way
3. Exploring the Truths8. Exploring Reasoning and Debate13. Exploring Tantra
4. Exploring the Path9. Exploring Buddhist Tenets
5. Exploring Mind Training10. Exploring the Traditions

Schedule

Teachings will generally take place on the third weekend of each month, from 10:00 – 15:30, interspersed with review classes led by Teaching Assistants.

Course Elements

7 months of teaching per year In-person and online study possible
Regular discussion and review sessions with teaching assistants Access to course page with recordings and written material

Donation Model

Our Buddhist courses operate on a generosity model. This means that we provide recommended donation tiers, but we provide financial assistance to all students who request it.

Sponsor£55 per month
Standard£38 per month
Reduced£23 per month
Ordained Sangha£0 per month