Nalanda's Masters Program Online
Nalanda is pleased to offer the FPMT Masters Program Online, offering those who can’t attend the program in person the opportunity and enriching experience of this advanced level of study.
The following information is specific to the online course.
What is Involved?
Morning meditation on the lam-rim (suggested 20-30 mins)
Noting instances of anger as they arise, and the antidotes applied
Optional daily self-evaluation based on the five lay vows, with purification and rejoicing
Listening to the recordings of the teaching by the MP teacher (see schedule)
Listening to the MP Teaching Assistant’s review class (see schedule)
- Every two weeks
Quiz, not graded; answer keys provided
- Every three months
2 revision weeks followed by an exam, marked by the TA
How Many Hours Per Week Will I Need?
One will have to fit the study to one’s own personal circumstances, but we suggest 20-25 hours a week. The majority of the time will be used for listening to the teachings and review classes, and/ or reading notes provided by students. Then you will need your own self-study time per week – looking at the text, going through the questions for each week. The review classes especially are invaluable for those following the program online.
Where Are the Files?
All the MP files, audio, student notes, and course materials, are available on the Nalanda Website. These can be downloaded to your own device. There is also a forum available for MP students to talk about discussion and homework questions, which can also be found on the Nalanda website. Exams can also be downloaded from the website, and responses emailed back to the TA.
Joining the Campus Course
Students are welcome to come to Nalanda to join the campus course at any time, even for just a short visit. This is especially recommended during the three one-month retreats at the end of subjects 1, 2 & 3. Online students will also be given the opportunity to attend any training events held at Nalanda, as part of the training component; these could include such courses as FPMT Rituals Training, FPMT Foundation Training, teacher training courses etc.
Will I Be Able To Get A Certificate?
Students who successfully complete the requirements for an individual subject reveive a Masters Program Homestudy Subject Completion Card.
For subject completion, Online students are required to:
- Have a passing grade of 50% on all the exams related to a particular subject (these are done on an honour system).
- Participate in the two-weekly quizzes.
- Fulfil the meditation requirement of at least two half-hour sessions per week (this is also done on an honour system) and a one-month lam-rim retreat during the program.
- Have conduct that accords with Buddhist ethics, in particular, to train in refraining from killing, stealing, lying, sexual misconduct (adultery), and intoxicants.
- Practice awareness of positive and negative mental states and in particular be developing the practice of patience and concern for others.
The FPMT Masters Program Homestudy Completion Certificate will be issued by FPMT Education Services to those students who have successfully completed all five Masters Program subjects, have participated in the three-month review and final exam, and have fulfilled the one-month lam-rim retreat requirement.
Masters Program Homestudy graduates can apply for FPMT teacher registration at Foundational Buddhism level, which qualifies to teach Discovering Buddhism, Living in the Path and introductory level courses in FPMT centres.
How Much Will It Cost?
The fee is €40 per month for lay students and €20 per month for ordained Sangha. This goes towards the costs of MP Teacher, Teaching Assistant, Translator and MP admin costs. Ordained Sangha can apply for free places if they need them. There is also the option to pay for an entire subject in advance.
How Do I Register?
You can fill in an admission form on the Nalanda website here.