FPMT Basic Program 2017
FPMT Basic Program at Kopan presents
An Intensive Study Retreat
Based on a Text composed by Shantideva - an 8th century Buddhist Monk and Scholar
Date: July 18 - August 31
Teacher: Ven. Fedor Stracke
The Bodhisattvacharyavatara, or Introduction to the Bodhisattva Actions, written by the great bodhisattva Shantideva, elucidates the generation of the mind of enlightenment, on the basis of an elaborated seven limb practice to purify karma and accumulate merit, as well as the practice of the six perfections: generosity, ethics, patience, enthusiasm, stable contemplation and wisdom.
Over 6 1/2 weeks we are going to go through the ten chapters of this text, studying and contemplating the subject matter of this text intensely in a retreat situation.
The day starts with morning meditatio at 6.30 am and will finish around 9 pm. The day will be divided into different sessions of meditations for the accumulation of merit and purification, on the stages of the path and on the topics of the text, teaching and discussion sessions, self study, and debate, and thus include all the four factors needed to generate insight and progress along the path. A more detailed schedule will be made available at a later date.
Exams are held every week, to help prepare the student for the final exam at the end of the module. To pass the exam, the knowledge of the students will be taken into consideration as well as other factors such as attendance, discipline and behavior. Having completed exams on the nine core subjects is the prerequisite to attend the final exam of the Basic Program. To receive this certificate, all modules have to be attended, and the required exams have to be passed.
Cost of the Retreat
Basic Course Fee: to be announced
This includes food, accommodation in a standard double room with private facilities, and course material.
Extra days before and after the retreat are not included in this amount.
Please note: This course has limited places available and early registration is recommended.
Accommodation will be provided in standard double rooms with private facilities on a share basis.
No dormitory or 4 bedroom with shared bathrooms are available for this course.
Single rooms are available at extra charge on application. The number of single rooms is limited.
How to Apply
To apply for the course, please complete the application form through the link below.
Arrival date: You are required to be here for the introductory session in the evening of August 1. It is not possible to join the course at a later date.
Final payment of the retreat will be required on arrival.
Short Biography of Ven. Fedor
Ven. Fedor Stracke has been a Buddhist monk since 1988 and has spent the last 25 years studying the Dharma with various masters, teaching the dharma in different FPMT centers, translating various Tibetan texts and interpreting for his teachers.
He received many teaching from masters in Kopan Monastery, Nalanda Monastery and Sera Monastery as well as different FPMT dharma centers. In Sera Monastery he followed the Geshe Program for many years. During his time in India he attended many extensive teachings by His Holiness the Dalai Lama. At present he is resident teacher in AryaTara Institute in Germany and teaching the Basic program there as well as at Kopan Monastery.
Read more here about the FPMT Basic Program