Online Experiential Buddhist Foundation Studies
11 January - 7 May 2021
Minimum requirement: High-school final examinations: grade C or above in English, science and maths.
Monastic applicants: minimum 9 years of Shedra studies.
Desirable: Bachelor’s degree: minimum grade C+ or third class honours.
Language: Please note that the language of instruction is English and a high standard of spoken and written English is required.
Format: Online classes
Duration: 4 months full-time
Assessment: Continuous assessment including attendance, active class participation, written assignments, oral presentations and reflective practice.
Award: Abiding Heart Experiential Buddhist Foundation Studies Certificate
UPDATE: Please see below to download the Foundation Studies Course Content and 2021 Calendar and Schedule. You can contact Debbie Tan at for the FS Application Pack.
We are delighted to offer the third edition of our Experiential Buddhist Foundation Studies in an online format commencing Jan 2021. Building on the success of our online Child Development course this summer, we strongly believe this exciting opportunity will allow people from many parts of the world to join us on a unique learning journey.
The Experiential Buddhist Foundation Studies is the first semester of the teacher training diploma which can be taken as a stand-alone immersive course. Through an experiential learning approach, this course explores the Buddhist worldview and practice. Key philosophical principles are introduced and reinforced through meditation, dialogue and artistic hands-on activities. The emphasis is on the integration and internalisation of the Buddhadharma so that it becomes part of the growth and flourishing of one’s whole being. For those who are interested in deepening their understanding of Buddhism through head, heart, and doing, the Foundation Studies provides a rich, integrative learning experience.
We explore the three main Buddhist vehicles or yanas: Shravakayana or Foundational Vehicle, Mahayana and Vajrayana. Over four weeks each yana is presented from its own point of view, allowing participants to understand its beauty and integrity. Throughout this course we explore fundamental concepts such as: basic goodness; relative and ultimate truth; interdependence; Buddha nature; skilful means and wisdom; and love and compassion. As we travel from materialist Buddhist philosophy to the Middle-way perspective, we also journey through the history of Buddhism, touching on key texts, cosmology, and learning how to practice key meditations.
Arts and crafts
A unique quality of this course is the integration of multiple modes of learning. Lectures are balanced with significant time for meditation, interactive discussions, group processes, and creative and artistic activities. The Himalayan and transformational arts nurture an understanding of: the metamorphosis of form through sculpting with wood and clay; the hidden qualities of colour through painting and drawing; the transcendent qualities of sound through music and singing; language through speech and mantra recitation; and the understanding of space through movement and Charya dance (the dance of the mudras). Such insights go beyond the intellect and touch the realms of deep awareness and intuition.
Buddhist philosophy and transformational arts are immersed in meditation. We learn how to meditate using Mingyur Rinpoche’s profound, creative, and easily applicable practices. At the end of the four months, participants will have a valuable understanding of how to apply Buddhist meditation anytime, anywhere. The structure of the practice starts with refuge and bodhicitta, continues with the main meditation that we are learning that day or week, and ends with dedication. This course engages in a path of awakening according to the stages of view, meditation and conduct.