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BP Stages of the Path



“With study comes understanding; but this must be put to use. It is therefore vital to put as much as one can of what one has studied into practice.”

Lama Tsongkhapa

The Tuesday night Stages of the Path class is one of the core subjects of the series of Intermediate Level Classes known as the FPMT Basic Program or BP. It requires some previous study to attend these classes.

The Stages of the Path class offers an excellent foundation and context for Buddhist practice. This subject is a key element of the Basic Program and is highly recommended for all interested in the Basic Program Course of Studies. The Basic Program Classes are taught by our Resident Teacher, Lharampa Geshe Wangchen.

The celebrated system of teachings known as the Stages of the Path (lam-rim) represents a synthesis of the entire path to enlightenment. Presented in a clear and concise form, these teachings are easy to understand and apply in meditation. Instruction begins with the preliminary practices, and then progresses through the essential practices of the ‘beings of the three scopes’, including correct guru devotion, renunciation, the altruistic wish for enlightenment and the view of the middle way.

This class will use Lama Tsongkhapa’s Middle Length Lam-Rim as the root text for the class.

This class is highly recommended for all, including those new to intermediate level classes.

Course Dates

This subject is scheduled to begin approximately July 2024 (exact date to be confirmed closer to the time) and will go for approximately 1 year minus the summer break (which is usually from mid-Dec to mid-Feb).


Update 2024 The main course text for this class has more recently been published by Wisdom Publications. There will be options to purchase either the hardback book (cost to be confirmed closer to the time) or an ebook version. The materials fee will cover this, plus handouts throughout the year plus access to a multitude of downloadable supplementary materials.

Materials Fee:  TBC closer to the time.

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.

Are you new to the Basic Program?

If this is your first time joining a subject of the FPMT Basic Program Intermediate Class Series at Dorje Chang Institute we recommend you familiarize yourself with the format and components of these classes by clicking the button below.

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