Welcome to the Basic Program
“Learning Dharma means less ignorance and more wisdom. It means more light in your life, no darkness in your mind. It means you have more freedom in your life to achieve liberation from samsara and great enlightenment. The more you understand Dharma, the more you can benefit others.”Kyabje Lama Zopa Rinpoche
What is the Basic Program?
The FPMT Basic Program (BP) is a five-year Intermediate Level course of studies designed by Kyabje Lama Zopa Rinpoche. It includes nine core subjects and sometimes three optional supplementary topics. The Basic Program has been devised for Dharma students who wish to progress beyond introductory courses and are ready to commit themselves to more in-depth study and practice. While it is encouraged to join for the whole five years, it is also possible to just join individual subjects.
The BP offers the chance to develop a good understanding of the complete path to enlightenment, and experience the benefits of serious, practice oriented study, meditation and retreat. Successful students develop a level of understanding and training which will also serve as an excellent basis for advanced study, meditation and retreat or for service in the wider community.
Learn More About How the Basic Program Classes Work
Learn more about the class format, requirements, discussion evenings and BP completion cards.
Learn More about the BP Subjects, Register or Log In
Learn more about the subjects and their content, Register for a class or Log In as a current student.