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"The sage do not wash away sins with water, neither do they remove sentient beings‘ suffering with their hands; nor can they transfer their own realisations to others. They liberate beings by revealing the truth of suchness."

Lord Buddha

Buddhist Philosophy and Religion

BPR - Diploma Course

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Don’t miss the unique chance to learn the essential topics of Buddhist Philosophy and Religion from authentic teachers in a systematic and illustrative way. The course is suitable for everyone interested in Buddhism; for those who wish to deepen or pass on to others their own knowledge, and for Buddhists of all traditions, who want to acquire a firm and authentic knowledge base for their own religious practice.

The Buddhist philosophy and religion (BPR) diploma course will give you an insight into all aspects of Tibetan Buddhist religion and its underlying philosophy. It will open your eyes for Buddhist culture and wisdom.

Overview of topics

  1. Fundamentals – history and spread of Buddhism, introduction to Buddhist Metaphysics
  2. The Art of Buddhist Debate – logic and reasoning in Buddhism
  3. Buddhist Religion – essence, concepts and principles (the three baskets and the three trainings, five paths of Sravaka and Pratyekabuddha, five paths and ten grounds of the Bodhisattvas)
  4. Buddhist Philosophy – the four Buddhist tenets
  5. Great Wisdom – Selflessness and Emptiness in Buddhism (Nagarjuna)

What are the benefits of attending the BPR course at Tibet Center Institute, an academic institution?

  • You get an overview of the essential knowledge of Tibetan Buddhism and Buddhist philosophy.
  • Authentic teachers from the four schools of Tibetan Buddhism teach in this course and you will receive a diploma certificate issued jointly with the Central University of Tibetan Studies, Sarnath.
  • You study the essence of the authentic knowledge of the Nalanda Pandits and the great Tibetan scholars.
  • You acquire profound knowledge that will help you to grasp the details and the profound meaning of the texts of Nagarjuna, Asanga, etc.
  • You study the Buddhist religion and philosophy in a secular and modern way - there is no need to follow our teachers as your Guru.
  • Your mind and your “wisdom eyes” will be opened - enabling you to examine a teacher and thus find a Guru whom you can rely on.


This course is suitable for:

  • Practicing Buddhists: you will acquire a solid base for your own religious practice
  • Those who want to learn more about Buddhism and are interested in religion in general: you will get deep insight into the Buddhist teachings and practice, broaden your mind and learn to respect and appreciate a society where religious diversity is lived.

Schedule and contents (subject to change):

31 March – 2 April 2017

Module BPR 1
History of Buddhism, Basic Buddhist Principles
12 – 14 May 2017Modules BPR 2
Introduction to Buddhist religion 1
June/July 2017
distant study, webinar
Modules BPR 3
Buddhist philosophical schools – Vaibashika and Sautrantika, Yogachara, Madhyamaka
25 – 27 August 2017Module BPR 5
Introduction to Buddhist religion 1
15 – 17 September 2017Module BPR 6
Logic and reasoning in Buddhism
13 – 15 October 2017Module BPR 7
Non-Self and Emptiness, Deepening of topics
Spring 2018Written final exam
Exam fee: € 120

The course will be conducted in German, English or Tibetan; consecutive translation into German will be provided.

Course venue
is the new building of Tibet Center Institute in Knappenberg at 1.000 m altitude, with great views of the surrounding mountains and sceneries.

Note: Please be aware that accommodation is not included in the course fee and kindly arrange your accommodation yourself. For your convenience you will find all information about accommodation in the left hand navigation on our website. 

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