Foundations of Buddhist Thought

We are happy to relay that the ‘Foundations of Buddhist Thought’ online course has become available again and is now accepting new students. We would like to discuss the online course in this article.

Brief History

The course was originally developed by Geshe Tashi Tsering while he was at Jamyang Buddhist Centre in London. It was developed and run as classes at Jamyang Buddhist Centre and later offered as an online course.

The online course was unavailable during 2018 and 2019 while Geshe Tashi Tsering transitioned from the Jamyang Buddhist Centre in London to become the new abbot of Sera Mey Monastery.

Geshe Tashi Tsering re-introduces the online course in the video blog post below in his blog that you can watch to hear more about the course and familiarise yourself with his voice and mannerisms:

Course Content

The online course runs for 2 years and is based on six module topics covered by six books written by Geshe Tashi Tsering:

  1. The Four Noble Truths
  2. The Two Truths
  3. Buddhist Psychology
  4. The Awakening Mind
  5. Emptiness
  6. Buddhist Tantra

As well as the book, each module has around 14 hours of recorded teachings, along with guided meditations, online discussion, as well as essays and exams. As you can see from the essays and exams, you can understand that it is a serious course that requires a time commitment over 2 years.

Personal Experience

We previously completed the online course over 2 years and we had a very positive experience:

  • We found the structure and schedule of the FBT course to be helpful. This includes the set deadlines for essays and exams, along with clear expectations for participation in the guided meditations and online discussions.
  • We found that Geshe Tashi Tsering’s presentation of the teachings means that students can really dig into the core of the teachings of the Buddha. This thoughtful, straight forward style means that encourages understanding the teachings in such a way that they can be meaningfully applied to daily life. We value Buddhism as something that you “do” and being able to apply teachings to daily life is key.
  • The modules cover essential aspects of Buddhism and we have referred back to the six books written by Geshe Tashi Tsering again and again. If you attend teachings on Tibetan Budhism, these modules provide valuable context for other Buddhist teachings or fill in important gaps to make other Buddhist teachings more meaningful.

For these reasons we recommend the online course. We would like to warmly encourage our readers to consider participating in the ‘Foundations of Buddhist Thought’ online course. Please refer to the website below for further details of the online course and consider applying:

Love, @happyops