Advanced Study Program at Chenrezig Institute 2019 with Geshe Phuntsok Tsultrim
The Advanced Study Program offered at Chenrezig Institute is a comprehensive, five-year, twelve-subject course of studies designed by Lama Zopa Rinpoche. It provides a practice-oriented transmission of the Buddhadharma to committed students ready to progress to a more advanced level of study and practice.
Some of Tibetan Buddhism’s most treasured texts form the heart of the program, guiding the practitioner through a comprehensive study of sutra and tantra. Its comprehensive curriculum greatly enhances students’ Dharma understanding, establishing a sound basis for ongoing study, practice, retreat and service.
Throughout the program, students apply themselves to practicing Buddhist ethics, in particular, the five precepts and awareness of positive and negative states in one’s mind. They are encouraged to develop the practice of patience and concern for others with a bodhichitta motivation.
Teachings are with our resident teacher, Geshe Phuntsok Tsultrim, personally chosen for Chenrezig Institute by Kyabje Lama Zopa Rinpoche, with his experienced interpreter and Basic Program graduate, Ven Kartson (aka Yaki Platt), who is also assisting with tutorials.
Our presentation of the Basic Program is special, and unique in this area since we are able to offer intensive in-house teachings in modules of between four to eight weeks, [although some subjects like the Grounds and Paths of Secret Mantra and the Graduated Path to Enlightenment are allocated 2-5 modules]. We offer both teachings and tutorials and complement those with discussion and meditation led by our own students.
It is recommended to attend all subjects in the order they are offered for the best results, but students may attend individual modules. Homestudy packages of all subjects are available in case students wish to complete some subjects in their own time at home.
In line with Lama Zopa’s advice, all students are also recommended to make merit through taking part in regular service and to make their study time joyful and beneficial by applying the teachings to their meditations and behaviour. Students are encouraged to stay on site and involve themselves in all the other spiritual practices of a busy dharma centre.
It should be clear to all that this program is advanced study. It is for students who have some basic understanding of Buddhist Principles and who wish to apply themselves seriously to the sometimes complex material taught. The teaching assistant and senior students will support newer students along the way as much as possible and materials from previous courses are made available both for preparation prior to attending the courses, and for clarification during the study time.
The nine core subjects of FPMT’s Basic Program are:
Mind and Cognition
A Guide to the Bodhisattva’s Way of Life
The Graduated Path to Enlightenment
The Heart Sutra
Mahayana Mind Training (Wheel of Sharp Weapons)
The Sublime Continuum
The Fourth Chapter of the Ornament of Clear Realisation
The Grounds and Paths of Secret Mantra – the Lower Tantras and Highest Yoga Tantra
Plus three supplementary subjects:
Death Intermediate State and Rebirth (the Three Kayas)
A Highest Yoga Tantra Commentary
In addition, Chenrezig Institute complements these subjects with:
Sutra Grounds and Paths
Signs and Reasoning
Our Advanced Program continues in 2019 with the study of the Grounds and Paths of Secret Mantra!
We have scheduled two modules to cover this extensive and important subject. The Grounds and Paths of Secret Mantra modules offer a concise overview of the structure of the tantric path, widely acclaimed in Tibet as the swiftest and most sublime means to realize buddhahood. Presenting the paths of all four classes of tantra, these subjects provides a clear overview of its complex path structure.
Although we expect many of the students attending these modules will have empowerments, on the basis of advice from the great master, Ven Kirti Tsenshab Rinpoche, Geshela has decided that students who have not received empowerments will be encouraged to attend these precious teachings, in order for them to have a good understanding even before they make a commitment to this path.
The modules will be taught on two full days Tuesdays and Wednesdays with a supporting schedule of meditation, service, group discussion and tutorials with our interpreter Ven Kartson. Students who wish to attain certification will need to meet criteria of attendance, service, behaviour as well as pass the regular exams.
Students are encouraged to stay on site where possible and take advantage of our excellent library and conducive environment. They are eligible for a 10% discount on accommodation when they stay for an entire module.
The text for these teachings will be The Illumination of the Texts of Tantra – The Principles of the Grounds and Paths of the Four Great Secret Classes of Tantra by Ngawang Palden. This text is available in the magnificent Principles of Buddhist Tantra, from Wisdom Publications.(available in both paperback and ebook formats)
This option, allows students to access the audio and data materials and complete the modules in their own time. Online study is offered at 50% of the facility fee.
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Sangha are offered these teachings and materials free of charge but are also asked to register their intentions with the coordinator as early as possible.
We are also committed to helping those in financial need to attend. Please contact the coordinator early to discuss any financial issues.
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