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A life-changing opportunity (also offered Online)

Exceptional opportunity to join a Lamrim Chenmo course at Nalanda Monastery, France.
A two years long course, starting on 11th January 2021 up to December 2022
Led by Geshe Lobsang Jamphel, the monastery’s abbot and Geshe Losel

Have a life-changing experience by joining this Lamrim course here at Nalanda Monastery. The Lamrim, or Graduated Path, presents all the aspects of Buddhist thought, meditation and approach to the world in a structure manner, such that earlier stages form the basis for higher stages. This course will, therefore, offer you new and liberating ways of thinking about your life and the world we live in, as well as present you with meditations and practical applications for your daily life. Taught here is the Lamrim Chenmo, or the Great Graduated Path, written by the renowned Tibetan Master Lama Tsongkhapa in the 15th Century. This particular text is his most elaborate version of the topic and holds many precious details not found in other, more concise, texts. It contains all the practical instructions for generating the realizations of the path to enlightenment, by combining the extensive and profound lineages of the great Nalanda masters of the past.

The first part: 11th January to June 2021

The first part will cover the topics all the way from Guru devotion, through death and rebirth, karma, ethical behaviour, renunciation and bodhicitta, right up to the Joyous Effort section. The emphasis will be on the practical approach; in addition, there will be regular meditations as well as discussion periods to help you integrate the material. These topics will be taught by Geshe Losel.

The second part: September 2021 to December 2022

The second part will be taught by our abbot, Geshe Lobsang Jamphal, who is well-known for the clarity and depth of his explanations.  Here, you will have the opportunity to delve in-depth into the study and meditation of these important topics, calm abiding and special insight. Such an opportunity is indeed rare and precious, not to be missed for those who have a strong aspiration to follow the Mahayana path.

About the teachers of this course

geshe jamphel

After graduating as a Lharampa Geshe in Sera-je Monastery (India), Geshe Jamphel came to France in 2001, and has been teaching here ever since.

Starting in 2008, Geshe-la taught a five-year Basic Program, followed by seven years of the FPMT Master’s Program, a demanding course which involves studying some of the major texts  in buddhist philosophy.

Read more about Geshe Jamphel...



geshe losel Geshe Losel is a graduate of the Institute of Dialectics in Dharamsala, India and studied there under the famous scholar Gen Lobsang Gyatso. A British monk, Graham Woodhouse is one of the very few Westerners trained in the traditional Tibetan way as a geshe. He received his geshe degree from Drepung Loseling Monastic College. He has knowledge of the texts, skill in translating, and an ability to convey the subtleties of Buddhist thought in lucid English.

This will be a two-year course, Mondays to Fridays. Being a monastic institution for monks, the monastery is able to offer accommodation to men only. We can also offer advice for women looking to live in the surrounding area.

Which weeks we have teachings and which weeks we are free?

It is a long text and closely argued. So all the time that is available will be needed. Where seven teaching weeks in a row are scheduled, an extra free long weekend or some meditation days might be scheduled instead of teaching days.

Schedule (subject to change)

Mon Jan 11 - Sun Jan 17 Geshe Losel
Mon Jan 18 - Sun Jan 24 Geshe Losel
Mon Jan 25 - Sun Jan 31 Geshe Losel
Mon Feb 01 - Sun Feb 07 Geshe Losel
Mon Feb 08 - Sun Feb 14 Ven Gendun
Mon Feb 15 - Sun Feb 21 Ven Gendun
Mon Feb 22 - Sun Feb 28 Holidays
Mon Mch 01 - Sun Mch 07 Ven Gendun
Mon Mch 08 - Sun Mch 14 Ven Gendun
Mon Mch 15 - Sun Mch 21 Geshe Losel
Mon Mch 22 - Sun Mch 28 Geshe Losel
Mon Mch 29 - Sun Apr 04 Geshe Losel
Mon Apr 05 - Sun Apr 11 Geshe Losel
Mon Apr 12 - Sun Apr 18 Geshe Losel
Mon Apr 19 - Sun May 02 Holidays
Mon May 03 - Sun May 09 Geshe Losel
Mon May 10 - Sun May 16 Geshe Losel
Mon May 17 - Sun May 23 Geshe Losel
Mon May 24 - Sun May 30 Holidays
Mon May 31 - Sun Jun 06 Geshe Losel
Mon Jun 07 - Sun Jun 13 Geshe Losel
Mon Jun 14 - Sun Jun 20 Geshe Losel
Mon Jun 21 - Sun Jun 27 Geshe Losel

The Summer holidays will be in July and August; usually Nalanda offers a Lam Rim retreat and a Vipassana retreat (also for visitors) during these Summer months.

What does a Full Daily Program look like for resident students?

Teaching - 1,5 hours
Discussion or review - 1,5 hours
One session meditation (can be guided in different ways) - 1 hour
Morning: Ganden Lha Gyema and meditation - 1 hour
Karma yoga: minimum 7 hours a week

* Saturday: only morning Ganden Lha Gyema; optional is to visit the monastery evening puja.
* Sunday: at Nalanda we call this 'lazy Sunday' as there are no teachings, morning and evening pujas. During the afternoon the monastery is open to local visitors. Usually at 7PM there is one community puja, which is optional for all non-monastics.

How do we build up a teaching week from Monday-Friday (5 days a week)?

Teachings: 4 days a week (Mo-Thu) and Q&A with Geshe Losel on Fridays. One teaching session will last 1.5 hrs.
Meditations & practice: this is more important than knowledge tested by exams.

When do we plan exams/tests?

We thought of no exams, in order to offer a different course style and atmosphere than we offer with the FPMT Basic Program and FPMT Masters Program. More practice oriented.

Online participation

After receiving many requests to make this course to be available online, we decided to be as inclusive as possible and to fulfill this wish.Therefore, on top of the residential program, we are now happy to offer an online studying option. The online study platform will include live-streamed classes, all course materials, review classes and possibility to meet and interact with other students. Please contact You can contact the coordinator Veb. Tendar at lamrimchenmo@nalanda-monastery.eu if you want to join online, or have any questions.

Advised reading material

Students can prepare the course by reading these advised texts. Also, they can be used during the course itself.

  • Course root text: The Great Treatise on the Stages of the Path to Enlightenment: The Lam Rim Chen Mo by Tsong Khapa. Snow Lion/Shambhala Publications.
  • The Medium Treatise on the Stages of the Path to Enlightenmentby Je Tsong Khapa. Unpublished DRAFT translation by FPMT, Inc. Download the PDF here.
  • Liberation in the Palm of One’s Hand - spoken by Pabongka Rinpoche; Compiled by Trijang Rinpoche. Click here to download a PDF of 100 pages of excerpts, including the multiple introductions and appendixes, extensive Lamrim outline, and first chapter Introductory Discourse on the Lamrim; courtesy of Wisdom Publications.
  • Illuminating the Path to Enlightenment: A Commentary on Atisha Dipamkara Shrijnanas’ A Lamp for the Path to Enlightenment and Lama Je Tsong Khapa’s Lines of Experience by Tenzin Gyatso, His Holines the 14th Dalai Lama. PDF available here from Lama Yeshe Wisdom Archive.
  • Free book downloads from Lama Yeshe Wisdom Archive

The teachings given by His Holiness the Dalai Lama on all those many Lam Rim texts during the Jangchub Lamrim gatherings in India are all archived and available in English.


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July to August 2022:
September 2022 to mid-December 2022:
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Accomodation and Fees

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If you are interested, please contact Ven. Tendar: lamrimchenmo@nalanda-monastery.eu


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