Basic Program

Learning Dharma means less ignorance and more wisdom. It means more light in your life, no darkness in your mind. It means more freedom in your life to achieve liberation from samsara and great enlightenment. The more you understand Dharma, the more you can benefit others.    -  Lama Zopa Rinpoche

The Basic Program is a 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 beyond introductory-level study and practice. Its comprehensive curriculum greatly enhances students’ Dharma understanding, establishing a sound basis for ongoing study, practice, retreat and service. FPMT centers worldwide offer the program at a variety of levels; it is also available as a Homestudy and Onlineprogram.Some of Tibetan Buddhism’s most treasured texts form the heart of the Basic Program. Je Tsongkhapa’s Middling Lam-Rim, Shantideva’s Bodhisattvacharyavatara, the Heart Sutra, Jetsun Chökyi Gyältsen’s Tenets, Maitreya’s Ornament and Tathagata Essence, the Wheel of Sharp Weapons and others guide the practitioner through a comprehensive study of sutra and tantra.

The program is now offered in many FPMT centers around the world, and is also avaialble as an online study course.


FPMT Basic Program at Kopan     

This programis not offered at kopan at the moment.

Learn all about transforming your mind from self centered to other-centered motivation. Be inspired to follow the perfect example of those who have made this transformation. Hear about the qualities of the enlightened mind, and how to attain these qualities in our own mind.

Kopan Monastery offers the program in the form of one or two modules every year, over a period of several years. Each module is  studied intensively over one to two month, depending on the topic. The Basic program 'travels' well. Many FPMT centers worldwide now offer this program. As the module certificates are recognized everywhere it can be studied at different locations.



Find out more about the FPMT Basic Program here 




Kopan Monastery
(Nepal Buddhist Mahayana Center Gompa)

Kopan Monastery is affiliated with FPMT
(Foundation for the preservation of the Mahayana Tradition)