Discovering Buddhism - Module 9 - Samsara and Nirvana

April 7, 21, 28, and May 5, and 19

***This course may occur virtually via Zoom***

 The Zoom link will be sent the day before class, and just before class begins for same-day registrants.  

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In this course we will:

Investigate what “samsara” is and how we are stuck in it

Find out what “nirvana” is and how to achieve it

Develop the determination to be free from suffering

Empower yourself with practical tools to deal with and eliminate disturbing emotions forever

This is module 9 of the FPMT’s Discovering Buddhism program, loosely corresponding to the Great Treatise on the Stages of the Path to Enlightenment (In Tibetan, Lam Rim Chen Mo) by Lama Tsongkhapa, a commentary on Lama Atisha’s Lamp for the Path to Enlightenment. The organization of The Buddha’s teachings into this unique format conducive to meditation is a cornerstone of the Gelug school of Tibetan Buddhism founded by Lama Tsongkhapa.

We recommend joining Discovering Buddhism courses at the start of any given module. The entire Discovering Buddhism (e.g., Lam Rim) cycle of teachings repeats roughly every two years, similar to the manner in which Lam Rim is studied at all Gelug monasteries.

About the FPMT Discovering Buddhism Program

Over 2,500 years ago, Shakyamuni Buddha gained direct insight into the nature of reality; perfected the qualities of wisdom, compassion, and power; and then revealed the path to enlightenment to his disciples. In the 11th century, Atisha Dipamkara, an Indian master who was very influential in Tibet, organized the Buddha’s extensive teachings in the form of a graduated path to enlightenment (Lam Rim) to clarify how an individual practitioner should best put them into practice. The Lam Rim tradition was further systematized and elaborated upon by many holy beings of Tibet, including the great philosopher and practitioner Lama Tsongkhapa, and these teachings have continued to be passed from teacher to student up to this present day. Thus, when Lama Thubten Yeshe and Lama Zopa Rinpoche began to transmit these teachings to their disciples in the 1970s, they came from a deeply experiential tradition of study and practice. This tradition is the core of Discovering Buddhism, a fourteen-module program that gives students a solid foundation in the teachings and practice of Tibetan Mahayana Buddhism. Among all FPMT education programs, Discovering Buddhism, in particular, is presented in the context of “FPMT Wisdom Culture.”

Discovering Buddhism Certification

FPMT certification is available for those who complete all the components of the course. The completion certificate confirms the satisfaction of having accomplished a comprehensive engagement with the path to enlightenment and is symbolic of your commitment to spiritual awakening. This module will allow those working toward the FPMT Discovering Buddhism Certificate to qualify for completion of this module. The Certificate program allows those who complete all 14 modules and the final retreat to apply for consideration to join the FPMT Teacher List  as qualified to teach Discovering Buddhism-level courses at the 164 centers of the FPMT.

If you are interested in receiving credit for completing this module, please indicate your commitment to completing all of the module’s requirements by contacting . When you receive the Discovering Buddhism Completion Requirements form, simply fill out and bring page 1 to the first class session. Once the course and listed requirements, are complete, fill out and bring (or email to ) page 2 to have your completion of the module formally saved. Be sure to keep a copy of both pages for your records.

About the Instructor

Venerable Steve Carlier (Thubten Sherab) was born in the UK, and has been studying Buddhism since 1977. He first met Lama Yeshe, the founder of the FPMT, and Lama Zopa, its current head, in 1978. He was ordained as a Buddhist monk by Lama Zopa in 1979 and received full ordination from Serkong Tsenshab Rinpoche the following year. He studied for eleven years at Nalanda Monastery in France, and from 1993 to 2004 was one of only a handful of Westerners who have followed the Nalanda (India) tradition of studies at Sera Monastery in India. Since 1978 he has been a student of the revered late abbot emeritus of Sera Je monastery, Geshe Jampa Tegchog. Eventually he came to serve as this great master’s interpreter. He is currently at Land of Medicine Buddha, teaching Discovering Buddhism and the Basic Program.


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Date(s): April 7, 21, 28, and May 5, and 19
Times: 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Instructor/Leader: Ven. Steve Carlier
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Number of sessions: 5
Level: Beginner; Discovering Buddhism
Participation: Regular Attendance Recommended
Location: Other Location
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