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Discovering Buddhism

ABOUT DISCOVERING BUDDHISM

The Discovering Buddhism (DB) two-year course offers an authentic presentation of the Buddha's teachings, in a format relevant to modern Westerners.  Taught by FPMT registered teachers, DB classes lay a strong foundation of the entire Tibetan Buddhist path including how to integrate study and practice.  This is an excellent “next step” for students who have taken the Buddhism in a Nutshell course and want to learn more.  There are no prerequisites or fees, although donations are appreciated.

2023-2024 DISCOVERING BUDDHISM 2-YEAR COURSE THROUGH KADAMPA CENTER

  • ENROLL IN DISCOVERING BUDDHISM HERE

  • Please consider making a donation to Kadampa Center to enable us to keep Dharma classes like Discovering Buddhism possible.  Any heartfelt amount is greatly appreciated. DONATE HERE

  • Course time frame: January 2, 2023, through mid-December 2024
  • The two-year curriculum offered by Kadampa Center covers thirteen of the fourteen modules in the DB course.  
  • Please see our calendar for dates and information about specific DB modules.  
  • This course is offered both online and in person.
  • Missed classes can be viewed by accessing the playlist for 2023-24 DB class recordings on YouTube
  • DB modules consist of 4 - 7 weekly class sessions which are held on Monday evenings.
  • New to Discovering Buddhism? Please plan to start on the first session of any given DB module (rather than starting in the middle of a module). Useful instructions and pertinent information is shared during the first session of each new module.
  • Questions about Discovering Buddhism?  Please email here

FPMT DISCOVERING BUDDHISM COMPLETION CERTIFICATE

There is much benefit to seeking certification for the course, including the commitment to learning the material and trying the practices recommended by our spiritual founder, Lama Zopa Rinpoche.  A Completion Certificate is issued by the FPMT when a student has tracked and completed the requirements for all fourteen modules.  Requirements for completing Module 14, Special Integration Experiences, include retreats, mantra and prostration practices.  It is strongly recommended that the Special Integration Experiences of Module 14 are started as early as possible due to the required time and nature of the commitment involved in order to complete them.  For more information on how to earn the FPMT Discovering Buddhism Completion Certificate, please visit the FPMT online learning website or email here.