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BP Tenets

“My doctrine has two modes: advice and tenets.
To children I speak advice, and to yogis, tenets.”

Shakyamuni Buddha, Lankavatarasutra

Our Tuesday night FPMT Basic Program (BP) Intermediate Level Series will host its next subject, Tenets, from 4 August – 8 December 2020. 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. If you wish to attend, you need to register*** – more details on that below.

***Please note that this class is now too far along to join as a new intermediate student. Only if you have previously studied this topic and are wishing to review, will we consider your application. Thank you. We will begin a new subject in 2021.


Quick Link for the Materials Page for the BP Tenets Class: If you are already registered for this course and have paid your materials fee – you can click here to view to the online supplementary materials for this class. You will need to login using your username and password.


Tenets Overview:

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 via more accessible levels.

The Presentation of Tenets, composed by the renown scholar and yogi Jetsün Chökyi Gyaltsen of Sera Je Monastery, is a concise and accessible introduction to the four main schools of Buddhist tenets. Each of the four schools summarizes its own understanding of the essential points of the sutras in a brief overview of the assertions on minds, objects, selflessness and the nature of attainment, culminating in the tenets of the most highly esteemed school, the Madhyamaka.

Course Dates

Classes are on Tuesdays 7.30 – 9pm beginning 4 August and finishing on 8 December 2020.

Discussion Nights (Optional)

There will also be optional Discussion Nights offered on alternate Thursdays 7.30 – 9pm led by FPMT Registered Teacher, Simon Harrison. These are a great way to review, ask more questions and clarify one’s understanding. Discussion nights will commence on Thursday, 20 August 2020. 


Materials Fee:  $20 includes a printed and bound class text, handouts during the course 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.

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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