Awakening the limitless potential of your mind, achieving all peace and happiness.
The core of the LTC program is this in-depth course that spans three years of study and integration. This program is not designed just as an academic study of Buddhism but is intended to change a person’s life. This is in-depth study for the committed beginner. More than just intellectual study, the Discovering Buddhism course creates a community of students who grow together supporting each other in their practice and understanding.
The Discovering Buddhism course is made up of 14 modules of study and retreat covering the Buddhist path in a systematic way, and tailored especially for a western sensibility. Each module is completed over two months of weekly classes. This gives you time to study, practice and integrate each new subject at a comfortable pace, building a comprehensive base of knowledge, skills, and resilience.
You can join this three-year course at the beginning of any module. You don’t have to wait until module one to become part of the program! People often join once they have completed several of the beginner’s Buddhism courses. You can also do the Discovering Buddhism modules at other FPMT centres throughout Australia, including our sister centre, Chenrezig Institute, in the Sunshine Coast hinterland.
We hold these courses during both day and evening, online and in-person, often as a hybrid class. Please feel free to mix and match if you need to swap an in-person class for an online one. Just email Miffi before the class so she can send you the link firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Tuesday mornings (10.30 am – 12 pm)
- Wednesday evenings (7 pm – 8.30 pm)
Each module generally runs for 8 weeks of weekly teachings, plus a review class, a DVD on the topic, and the associated integration activities between each course. Please check the calendar for information on which module we are up to.
The Fourteen Modules
These modules are best suited to the committed beginner, or people who have already completed a beginner’s Buddhism course or two.
If you are unsure whether you are ready to dive into the Discovering Buddhism course, please come along and sit in on a couple of classes to see if it suits you.
Module 12: The Wisdom of Emptiness
Tuesday mornings, 31 January – 4 April, 2023 (10.30 am). Held both in-person and online.
Module 7: Refuge in the Three Jewels
Wednesday evenings, 1 February – 12 April, 2023 (7 pm). In-person and online.
Other Ways to Participate
Catch-up Classes with both soundfiles and video are available for LTC Members. You can also gain access to these weekly catch-ups by purchasing a class PACKAGE of course.
Chenrezig Institute, our FPMT sister centre in the sunshine coast hinterland, offers DB as a weekend course. Life is hectic, so if you cannot make it to our weekly classes, this is a great alternative!
FPMT Videos produced for each module include an introduction from Richard Gere or Keanu Reeves, teachings from various lamas, and inspiring and informal conversations with western students.
Online Learning Centre Discovering Buddhism is also available as a correspondence course from the FPMT, where the second module, How to Meditate, is offered as free course.