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CKSL Offers the Basic Program

Designed by the Spiritual Director of Choe Khor Sum Ling, Lama Zopa Rinpoche, the Basic Program is especially suitable for students wishing to progress in their spiritual development in the following areas:

  • the stages of the path to enlightenment, the context and foundation of the entire program
  • emptiness and how all phenomena are interdependently-arisen
  • Mahayana mind training and the law of actions and results
  • the six perfections and how to practice them in everyday life
  • the way the mind knows phenomena and the mental factors that constitute the basis of our daily experience
  • the tenets of the four main schools of ancient Buddhist thought
  • the 173 aspects of the enlightened mind
  • the buddha essence that exists within every sentient being
  • the four classes of tantra with emphasis on the generation and completion stages of highest yoga tantra

CKSL will begin offering the subjects of the Basic Program starting with modules on "The Heart Sutra" and "Engaging in the Bodhisattva Deeds". Attendees can complete one or more modules at our centre and the others at other FPMT centres which offer the Basic Program as available and at the student's convenience. To get the requirements of formal certification and to register for the course, please email spc@cksl.in.

For more information and Lama Zopa Rinpoche' vision for the Basic Program: link to the FPMT Basic Program webpage.

Classes will usually be held on Saturdays 6 pm to 8 pm and Sundays 10 am to 1 pm. For recent updates you may check our website and Facebook page.

The following are the nine main subjects form the Basic Program curriculum:

  1. The Heart Sutra
  2. Engaging in the Bodhisattva Deeds
  3. Mind and Cognition
  4. Mahayana Mind Training
  5. Stages of the Path
  6. Tenets
  7. Ornament for Clear Realization - Fourth Chapter
  8. Sublime Continuum of the Mahayana - First Chapter: The Tathagata Essence
  9. Grounds and Paths of Secret Mantra


Completed Study Programs

1. Nagarjuna's 'Letter to a Friend'

2. Mind Training in the Great Way- based on 'The Wheel of Sharp Weapons' by Dharmarakshita (lojong)

3. Mind & Mental Factors- An Introduction to Buddhist Psychology

4. Living in the Path- An FPMT Study Program

5. Discovering Buddhism- An FPMT Study Program

6. Mind Training Like the Rays of the Sun- (lojong)

7. Middling Lamrim- Stages of the Path to Enlightenment

8. FPMT's Introduction to Meditation

9. Mind & Cognition- (lorig)

10. Graduated Path to Freedom- (Lamrim)

11. The Grounds & Paths to Liberation- (salam)

12. Atisha's 'Lamp for the Path to Enlightenment'

13. Tenets of the Buddhist Philosophy-(Siddhantha/Drub Tha)

14. A Guide to the Bodhisattva's Way of Life- (BodhisattvacaryÄvatÄra)

15. The Heart Advice for Death & Dying<

16. The Seven Limb Practice- For Purification, Accumulation & Blessings

17. In Praise of Dependent Arising - Understanding the Nature of Reality<

18. Buddha Nature

19. The Essence of the Buddha's Teachings

20. FPMT Basic Program - The Heart Sutra

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