Ngöndro: The 9 Preliminary Practices

buddhist practice

About the Teaching
To get the realisations of the path to enlightenment and to prevent obstacles it is important to purify negative karma and accumulate merit. Traditionally, nine preliminaries practices are done for this purpose: prostrations, Vajrasattva, refuge, Lama Tsongkhapa’s migtsema, water bowl and mandala offerings, making tsatsas, Samayavajra, and Dorje Khadro. Geshe Namdak has kindly agreed to give an introduction to these nine preliminary practices, how to structure one’s Lam Rim meditations in the context of the Jorcho, and he will give the oral transmissions of these practices as well.

Is this for me?
To attend this course, one should have a good understanding of the Lam Rim, for example by having completed Discovering Buddhism and/or studying Basic Programme.

What can I expect?
An explanation of the ritual practices undertaking as preliminaries to the Vajrayana path.

Schedule

    Saturday 18 September

  • 10:00 – 11:30 | Session 1
  • 12:00 – 13:00 | Session 2
  • 14:30 – 15:30 | Session 3
    Sunday 19 September

  • 10:00 – 11:30 | Session 4
  • 12:00 – 13:00 | Session 5

About Geshe Namdak
Our Resident Teacher, Geshe Tenzin Namdak, was given full ordination by HH Dalai Lama and completed the twenty-year-long Geshe degree. A Dutch citizen who teaches in English, he’s known for his warm, gentle and inclusive style.

Cost
No one will be turned away because of lack of funds. If the existing tier options are not accessible for you, please email [email protected] to request additional financial support. Everyone is welcome, regardless of what you can pay. We want to help find a pricing plan that is workable for your situation.

Nagarjuna’s Philosophy: Emptiness and the Ultimate Nature of the Mind (Day 1)

tibetan buddhist philosophy

About the Course | Wednesdays, 08 September – 10 November | 19:00 – 20:30
To be liberated from suffering Samsara and achieve Enlightenment, one needs to realise Emptiness. And to get a clear understanding of Emptiness we need to depend on the works of the Indian masters. Arya Nagarjuna was one of the greatest scholars of the ancient Nalanda tradition and his work Fundamental Wisdom is a masterpiece. Lama Tsongkhapa saw this excellent work as very important and realised emptiness through reading commentaries on chapter 18 of this text. Geshe Namdak will teach this inspiring and profound chapter and Nagarjuna’s precious instruction on the nature of the mind, called Praise of the Vajra Mind.

Is this for me?
To attend this course, it is helpful to have a basic understanding of Buddhist philosophy, for example: by having attended Introduction to Buddhism or Introduction to Buddhist Philosophy.

What can I expect?
The second of two in-depth lecture series delivered by Geshe Namdak on one of the most important texts in the Buddhist canon, authored by one of the tradition’s most influential philosophers.

Schedule
SEPTEMBER | 19:00 – 20:30

OCTOBER | 19:00 – 20:30

NOVEMBER | 19:00 – 20:30

PLEASE NOTE: You must register for each individual session that you would like to attend.

About Geshe Namdak
Our Resident Teacher, Geshe Tenzin Namdak, was given full ordination by HH Dalai Lama and completed the twenty-year-long Geshe degree. A Dutch citizen who teaches in English, he’s known for his warm, gentle and inclusive style.

Cost
No one will be turned away because of lack of funds. If the existing tier options are not accessible for you, please email [email protected] to request additional financial support. Everyone is welcome, regardless of what you can pay. We want to help find a pricing plan that is workable for your situation.

Summer Lam Rim Retreat

About this retreat
Jamyang Buddhist Centre London is currently midway through its current cycle of Basic Programme, an in-depth study programme on Buddhist philosophy and practice that has been designed by FPMT. Although registration for full enrolment has closed, we are opening up each subject to Observer students. Observers will be able to watch the teachings via a private YouTube link.

In addition to the course’s standard subject blocks, our Resident Teacher, Geshe Namdak will be leading an online Summer Lam Rim Retreat, giving students the opportunity to deepen their understanding of the stages of the path to enlightenment. This retreat will also be open to Observer students.

Is this for me?
It will be assumed that participating students will have some familiarity with the Lam Rim literature and the corresponding topics, for example, by having completed the Discovering Buddhism course.

Schedule

  • Saturday 31 July | 16:00 – 17:00
  • Sunday 1 August – Friday 6 August | 10:00 – 11:30, 14:30 – 15:30, 15:45 – 16:45
  • Sunday 8 August | 10:00 – 11:30

About Geshe Namdak
Geshe Tenzin Namdak first worked as an environmental researcher having graduated in hydrology from Van Hall Larenstein University, The Netherlands. He started studying Buddhism at Maitreya Institute in 1993 and took ordination from His Holiness the Dalai Lama before engaging in his formal studies in Buddhist philosophy and psychology at Sera Jey Monastic University, South India, in 1997. He completed the entire twenty-year Geshe program at Sera Jey in 2017 and the traditional one-year Vajrayana study program at Gyume Tantric College in January 2019, the first Westerner to do so. Currently, he is the resident teacher at Jamyang Buddhist Centre, London, and teaches worldwide. Because of his deep interest and background in science and as a member of Sera Jey’s Education Department he spoke on and organized various dialogues and conferences on contemporary science and ancient Buddhist contemplative wisdom of the mind and its philosophy.

How to join
Please register for the event below to receive a private YouTube link which will be used for the whole retreat.

PLEASE NOTE: Enrolled Basic Programme students should not register here. If you are a Basic Programme student, you will receive separate registration instructions.

About our Generosity Model
No one will be turned away because of lack of funds. If the existing donation tier options are not accessible for you, please email [email protected] to request additional financial support. Everyone is welcome, regardless of what you can pay. We want to help find a pricing plan that is workable for your situation.

Introduction to Buddhist Philosophy

Buddhist Philosophy - Jamyang Buddhist Centre

About the Course
What is the ultimate nature of reality, how do we come to understand it and why is it worthwhile to do so? It is important to know the nature of reality in order to eliminate ignorance, which is the root cause of all destructive emotions and suffering. Geshe Namdak will guide us through Buddhist ideas of conventional and ultimate realities, to help us understand our external and inner worlds better.

About Geshe Namdak
Our Resident Teacher, Geshe Tenzin Namdak, was given full ordination by HH Dalai Lama and completed the twenty-year-long Geshe degree. A Dutch citizen who teaches in English, he’s known for his warm, gentle and inclusive style.

Is this for me?
Absolutely! If you are interested in the philosophical basis of Buddhist mind science and the associated meditative practices, you’re welcome to come along. These classes are not about converting you to Buddhism; they’re about giving you the tools to improve your well-being.

What can I expect?
A comprehensive introductory overview of the Buddhist philosophical worldview, delivered by a world-class teacher. emotions.

Schedule

    • -Monday 12 July | 19:00 – 20:30
    • -Monday 19 July | 19:00 – 20:30
    • -Monday 26 July | 19:00 – 20:30

 

Cost
No one will be turned away because of lack of funds. If the existing tier options are not accessible for you, please email [email protected] to request additional financial support. Everyone is welcome, regardless of what you can pay. We want to help find a pricing plan that is workable for your situation.

Booking
To minimise disruption, students are required to book the entire course (3 Mondays).
Registration will close on Monday 12 July at 18:30.

Your ticket and Zoom link is valid for all three teachings.

Introduction to Buddhist Philosophy

Buddhist Philosophy - Jamyang Buddhist Centre

About the Course
What is the ultimate nature of reality, how do we come to understand it and why is it worthwhile to do so? It is important to know the nature of reality in order to eliminate ignorance, which is the root cause of all destructive emotions and suffering. Geshe Namdak will guide us through Buddhist ideas of conventional and ultimate realities, to help us understand our external and inner worlds better.

About Geshe Namdak
Our Resident Teacher, Geshe Tenzin Namdak, was given full ordination by HH Dalai Lama and completed the twenty-year-long Geshe degree. A Dutch citizen who teaches in English, he’s known for his warm, gentle and inclusive style.

Is this for me?
Absolutely! If you are interested in the philosophical basis of Buddhist mind science and the associated meditative practices, you’re welcome to come along. These classes are not about converting you to Buddhism; they’re about giving you the tools to improve your well-being.

What can I expect?
A comprehensive introductory overview of the Buddhist philosophical worldview, delivered by a world-class teacher. emotions.

Schedule

    • -Monday 12 July | 19:00 – 20:30
    • -Monday 19 July | 19:00 – 20:30
    • -Monday 26 July | 19:00 – 20:30

 

Cost
No one will be turned away because of lack of funds. If the existing tier options are not accessible for you, please email [email protected] to request additional financial support. Everyone is welcome, regardless of what you can pay. We want to help find a pricing plan that is workable for your situation.

Booking
To minimise disruption, students are required to book the entire course (3 Mondays).
Registration will close on Monday 12 July at 18:30.

Your ticket and Zoom link is valid for all three teachings.

Discovering Buddhism: Introduction to Buddhist Tantra

Buddhist tantra

About the Module
Learn what Buddhist tantra is, how it works, and why it is a powerful form of practice. Get a broad overview of the four classes of tantra and learn to practice simple kriya tantric methods. Learn how to integrate tantra with Lam Rim meditation to obtain the best results.

Is this for me?
Anyone with an interest in Buddhism can attend! But you’ll get the most benefit if you have a basic knowledge of Buddhism, or if you have attended previous Discovering Buddhism modules, or if you have completed Buddhist Meditation 101 or Buddhism in a Nutshell.

What can I expect?
A combination of teaching, meditation and Q&A.

Schedule

    • Saturday 17 July

    • 10:00 – 11:30 | Session 1
    • 12:00 – 13:00 | Session 2
    • 14:30 – 15:30 | Session 3

Sunday 18 July

  • 10:00 – 11:30 | Session 4
  • 12:00 – 13:00 | Session 5

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About Geshe Namdak
Our Resident Teacher, Geshe Tenzin Namdak, was given full ordination by HH Dalai Lama and completed the twenty-year-long Geshe degree. A Dutch citizen who teaches in English, he’s known for his warm, gentle and inclusive style.

About the course
Discovering Buddhism is a three-year programme in entry-level Buddhist philosophy and practice, with certification. It was specifically created to reflect FPMT wisdom culture and as such is considered a key FPMT program for preserving the teaching and practice lineage of Lama Yeshe and Lama Zopa Rinpoche. Participants will experience a taste of the Buddha’s teachings, get acquainted with some meditation practices, and gain the skills they need to make their lives more meaningful.

Cost
No one will be turned away because of lack of funds. If the existing tier options are not accessible for you, please email [email protected] to request additional financial support. Everyone is welcome, regardless of what you can pay. We want to help find a pricing plan that is workable for your situation.

Introduction to Buddhist Philosophy

Buddhist Philosophy - Jamyang Buddhist Centre

About the Course
What is the ultimate nature of reality, how do we come to understand it and why is it worthwhile to do so? It is important to know the nature of reality in order to eliminate ignorance, which is the root cause of all destructive emotions and suffering. Geshe Namdak will guide us through Buddhist ideas of conventional and ultimate realities, to help us understand our external and inner worlds better.

About Geshe Namdak
Our Resident Teacher, Geshe Tenzin Namdak, was given full ordination by HH Dalai Lama and completed the twenty-year-long Geshe degree. A Dutch citizen who teaches in English, he’s known for his warm, gentle and inclusive style.

Is this for me?
Absolutely! If you are interested in the philosophical basis of Buddhist mind science and the associated meditative practices, you’re welcome to come along. These classes are not about converting you to Buddhism; they’re about giving you the tools to improve your well-being.

What can I expect?
A comprehensive introductory overview of the Buddhist philosophical worldview, delivered by a world-class teacher. emotions.

Schedule

    • -Monday 12 July | 19:00 – 20:30
    • -Monday 19 July | 19:00 – 20:30
    • -Monday 26 July | 19:00 – 20:30

 

Cost
No one will be turned away because of lack of funds. If the existing tier options are not accessible for you, please email [email protected] to request additional financial support. Everyone is welcome, regardless of what you can pay. We want to help find a pricing plan that is workable for your situation.

Booking
To minimise disruption, students are required to book the entire course (3 Mondays).
Registration will close on Monday 12 July at 18:30.

Your ticket and Zoom link is valid for all three teachings.

Open Day | New 3-year study programme

FPMT New Study Programme 'Exploring Buddhism'. Open Day with Geshe Namdak

About Exploring Buddhism Study Programme | Open Day 2021
Here’s your opportunity to find out about Exploring Buddhism, an exciting new Buddhist study programme being developed by FPMT  and launching at Jamyang London Buddhist Centre in Autumn.

We are thrilled to be one of the first FPMT-affiliated centres to pilot the course this year. Our Resident Teacher, Geshe Namdak, who was instrumental in the development of Exploring Buddhism, is hosting an Open Day to introduce prospective students to the content and structure of the course, as well as explain the benefits in-depth Buddhist study has on our daily practice.

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About Exploring Buddhism the New FPMT Study Programme

The programme is being developed through an international collaborative effort, with various pilots taking place at FPMT centres around the world.
Geshe Tenzin Namdak, our Resident Teacher, has been instrumental in the development of this in-depth course, alongside Venerable Tenzin Legtsok and Venerable Joan Nicell.

The Buddhist long-term course offers a new approach to learning. This FPMT study programme is suitable for both advanced and new students. The syllabus has been designed to give students a holistic view of the Buddhist worldview, its historical development and the intellectual methods whereby its philosophies are established. For that reason, Exploring Buddhism has something to offer both newcomers and experienced students alike.

Additionally, this course can also act as a bridge between two other FPMT programmes: Discovering Buddhism and Basic Programme. The material covered prepares students well for the text-based, academic pedagogical approach found in Basic Programme.

Learn More about Exploring Buddhism and subscribe to get the latest updates

About Geshe Namdak
This course integrates modern scientific perspectives, and there are few people more qualified to weave this aspect into traditional Buddhist education than Geshe Namdak, who was instrumental in the development of Exploring Buddhism.

He started studying Buddhism at Maitreya Institute in 1993 and took ordination from His Holiness the Dalai Lama before engaging in his formal studies in Buddhist philosophy and psychology at Sera Jey Monastic University, South India, in 1997. He completed the entire twenty-year Geshe program at Sera Jey in 2017 and the traditional one-year Vajrayana study program at Gyume Tantric College in January 2019, the first Westerner to do so. Currently, he is the resident teacher at Jamyang Buddhist Centre, London, and teaches worldwide. Because of his deep interest and background in science, and as a member of Sera Jey’s Education Department, he spoke on and organised various dialogues and conferences on contemporary science and ancient Buddhist contemplative wisdom of the mind and its philosophy.

Help us to shape the new FPMT study programme
In order to design our pilot to be of most benefit to our students, we would like your input.
Please take ten minutes to complete this survey.

Tenets: Weekend 1 (Introduction, Great Exposition School, Sutra School)

About the Course
Jamyang Buddhist Centre London is currently midway through its current cycle of Basic Programme, an in-depth study programme on Buddhist philosophy and practice that has been designed by FPMT. Although registration for full enrolment has closed, we are opening up each subject to Observer students. Observers will be able to watch the teachings via a private YouTube link.

PLEASE NOTE: Recordings of these teachings will not be available, and attendance as an observer student does not count as credit towards course certification.

About this subject
Based on the idea that the Buddha taught different things to different people in line with their capacities, Tibetan scholars systemised the numerous trends in Indian Buddhist thought and taught the four schools of tenets as a means to approach the most profound philosophical teachings by way of gradually more accessible levels. Presentation of Tenets by Venerable Manjushri Chokyi Gyaltsen, the text that is the basis for study of this subject, gives a brief overview of the assertions on minds, objects, selflessness and the nature of attainment within each of the schools, culminating in the tenets of the most highly esteemed school, the Madhyamaka.

Is this for me?
As this course deals with advanced philosophical concepts, students will derive the greatest benefit if they have a basic understanding of Buddhist philosophy, for example: by having attended one of the introductory or foundational FPMT programmes, such as Discovering Buddhism.

What can I expect?
A lecture series exploring the philosophical positions on the nature of reality as presented by the various Buddhist schools of thought, delivered masterfully by Geshe Namdak.

Schedule
Timings for each individual session will be confirmed soon.

  • Saturday 3 July | 10:00 – 16:30
  • Sunday 4 July | 10:00 – 15:30

Finish times are provisional. Please allow a degree of flexibility, as teachings may occasionally run over.

About Geshe Namdak
Geshe Tenzin Namdak first worked as an environmental researcher having graduated in hydrology from Van Hall Larenstein University, The Netherlands. He started studying Buddhism at Maitreya Institute in 1993 and took ordination from His Holiness the Dalai Lama before engaging in his formal studies in Buddhist philosophy and psychology at Sera Jey Monastic University, South India, in 1997. He completed the entire twenty-year Geshe program at Sera Jey in 2017 and the traditional one-year Vajrayana study program at Gyume Tantric College in January 2019, the first Westerner to do so. Currently, he is the resident teacher at Jamyang Buddhist Centre, London, and teaches worldwide. Because of his deep interest and background in science, and as a member of Sera Jey’s Education Department, he spoke on and organised various dialogues and conferences on contemporary science and ancient Buddhist contemplative wisdom of the mind and its philosophy.

How to join
Please register for the event below to receive a private YouTube link which will be used for the whole weekend.

About our generosity model
No one will be turned away because of lack of funds. If the existing tier options are not accessible for you, please email [email protected] to request additional financial support. Everyone is welcome, regardless of what you can pay. We want to help find a pricing plan that is workable for your situation.

Introduction to Buddhist Mind Science

Buddhist Mind Science - Jamyang London

About the Course
How is consciousness defined from the perspectives of the Buddhist tradition and of contemporary science? How do we perceive the world and how do our minds shape those perceptions to form a conceptual understanding of what we perceive? In this course, Geshe Namdak will explain how our minds perceive reality, how destructive emotions cause disturbances of mind and how development of constructive emotions leads to happiness.

Is this for me?
Absolutely! If you are interested in how psychological approaches derived from the Buddhist tradition could help you develop resilience, mental clarity and emotional intelligence, you’re welcome to come along. These classes are not about converting you to Buddhism; they’re about giving you the tools to improve your well-being.

What can I expect?
A comprehensive introductory overview of the Buddhist theory of mind and consciousness, delivered by a world-class teacher.

About Geshe Namdak
Our Resident Teacher, Geshe Tenzin Namdak, was given full ordination by HH Dalai Lama and completed the twenty-year-long Geshe degree. A Dutch citizen who teaches in English, he’s known for his warm, gentle and inclusive style.

Schedule

– Monday 14 June | 19:00 – 20:30

– Monday 21 June | 19:00 – 20:30

– Monday 05 July | 19:00 – 20:30

Cost
No one will be turned away because of lack of funds. If the existing tier options are not accessible for you, please email [email protected] to request additional financial support. Everyone is welcome, regardless of what you can pay. We want to help find a pricing plan that is workable for your situation.

Booking
To minimise disruption, students are required to book the entire course (3 Mondays).
Registration will close on Monday 14 June at 18:30.

Your ticket and Zoom link is valid for all three teachings.