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Below is information on the Minds and Mental Factors Module that was completed in 2019.

BP Mind and Cognition Part 2: Minds and Mental Factors

“All human accomplishment is preceded by valid cognition.”


Welcome to Part 2 of the Mind and Cognition BP Subject: Minds and Mental Factors that was offered as part of our Tuesday night FPMT Basic Program (BP) Intermediate Level Series from 9 July – end of 2019. Please note that it requires some previous study to attend these intermediate level classes. The Basic Program Classes are taught by our Resident Teacher, Lharampa Geshe Wangchen. This class was completed in mid-December.

Mind and Cognition Overview:

Mind and Cognition begins with the study of mind (Part 1 – taught at DCI from end Feb – early July 2019), both in its valid and distorted forms. In addition a number of important themes are introduced, including the relationship between subject and object, supramundane (yogic) knowing and the connection between thought and reality.

Part 2 includes an introduction to Buddhist psychology (which is scheduled to be taught from 9 July – end of 2019), where the various positive and negative emotions as well as the cognitive states relevant to practice of a liberative path are identified and defined.

Mind and Cognition encompasses both epistemology (part 1), and psychology (part 2).

Part 2: Minds and Mental Factors

Kachen Yeshe Gyaltsen’s Buddhist psychology primer “A Necklace for Those of Clear Awareness Clearly Revealing the Modes of Minds and Mental Factors” explains minds and the fifty-one mental factors – including omnipresent mental factors such as feeling, object ascertaining mental factors such as concentration, virtuous mental factors, root delusions and changeable mental factors such as investigation – discussing each in turn based on meaning, divisions and scriptural citations.

If you did not complete the study of Part 1 of Mind and Cognition,  but have some previous study of Buddhism and would like to join for Part 2, it is okay for you to join for Part 2.

Course Dates

Classes are on Tuesdays 7.30 – 9pm – Dates for this class will be confirmed closer to the time.

There will also be optional Discussion Nights offered on alternate Thursdays 7.30 – 9pm led by a Senior Student Discussion Leader.


Materials Fee:  $30 includes a printed and bound class text and also access to downloadable supplementary materials.

Facility Fees: $10 per class (Dharma Friend Monthly Contributors are free)

The Facility Fee for the optional Discussion Nights on alternate Thursdays is also $10 (Dharma Friend Monthly Contributors are free).

We highly recommend that Basic Program Students consider becoming a Dharma Friend Monthly Contributor if they are not already one.

There are Three Payment Method Options for paying the Materials and Facility Fees:

  1. paying by internet banking (bank account details are provided on the Materials Fee and Facility Fee Payment Forms)
  2. paying by cash or cheque in person (cheques payable to “Dorje Chang Institute”)
  3. paying by PayPal using either a PayPal account or a credit cardplease note that PayPal takes a small portion of each payment

How to Join the Class

Registration for this class will open closer to the time of the start of the class.


Questions? Please feel free to contact us using our Contact Form or by calling our Spiritual Program Office 09 8288776 if you have questions about joining the class.

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