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Admission Criteria

  • Prospective students need to have study and practice experience of the Stages of the Path.
  • A one-month lamrim retreat is highly recommended, three months is best. Attendance at the annual month-long Kopan Course and/or a retreat with Lama Zopa Rinpoche is also highly recommended.
  • Ideally, applicants should have completed the Basic Program, while the BP subjects Mind and Cognition and Tenets are a mandatory prerequisite. These subjects can be studied in an FPMT centre or by means of BP Homestudy or BP Online, in which case they need to be successfully completed by the test and the BP practice and conduct requirements need to be fulfilled.
  • Previous acquaintance with the FPMT is recommended.
  • Applicants should have a good understanding of both the oral and written language in which the program will be offered. At this time, the Program will only be offered in English. There is the option for French and Spanish speakers to attend the teachings (translation may be provided) without graduation as texts are not available. Please contact the MP coordinator for more information.
  • Applicants should have a sound financial plan with regard to covering expenses for the period of study.
  • Applicants should have a strong wish to deepen their personal understanding of the Dharma so as to be of help to others; ideally they will wish to be of service within FPMT.
  • Prospective students need to commit themselves to engage with all aspects of the program and to fulfill all attendance requirements.
  • Applicants should be aware of the challenging intellectual level and at times highly scholastic nature of the study material.
  • Prospective students need to understand that the MP is a full-time, intensive and demanding course of study that will require their undivided attention over sustained periods of time.
  • Prospective students should understand that being part of a Dharma community will pose its challenges and will require flexibility and patience.
  • In addition, Nalanda is a monastery and as such certain behaviour is required, eg., keeping the five lay precepts: no killing, stealing, sexual activity, lying or taking of intoxicants. More information is provided in the application form.
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