Living in the Path

Living in the Path

Living in the Path is taught exclusively by Lama Zopa Rinpoche, spiritual director of the FPMT. However, the long-term goal is to also draw from the teachings of Lama Yeshe so as to offer a program that preserves the entire FPMT lineage.

This program is ideal for anyone who wishes to deepen their personal practice and develop the realizations of the path to enlightenment by relying on Lama Zopa Rinpoche’s heart advice and teachings. However, as the teachings often assume familiarity with the lam-rim (the stages of the path), participants are recommended to have previously received teachings in this Tibetan Buddhist tradition.

Living in the Path features standalone modules organized within the following topics:

  • HEART ADVICE: Essential advice for practicing Dharma in daily life
  • PRACTICE INSTRUCTIONS: Why and how to do certain prayers and practices
  • REALIZING THE LAM-RIM: Teachings on the lam-rim topics
  • PRACTICING LOJONG: Training the mind in bodhichitta (a future project)
  • ENGAGING IN TANTRA: Commentaries on tantric practices (a long-term future project)

All modules consist of video excerpts and lightly edited transcripts of teachings by Lama Zopa Rinpoche together with many additional resources.

Modules included in "Realizing the Lam-Rim" and "Practicing Lojong" also provide guidelines for study, meditation, and practice to help gain a deeper understanding of and insight into the topics. Having completed the requirements for these modules, students qualify to receive a Certificate of Achievement.

An online forum provides a place to post questions and comments to fellow students and a Living in the Path facilitator.

The following modules are offered at no charge:

The remaining online modules require enrollment keys which are available as a benefit of becoming a Friend of FPMT at the Dharma Supporter level or higher or, alternatively, individual enrollment keys can be purchased in the Foundation Store.

Instructions for creating a user account and using the site can be found in the Site User Guide. Please contact the Site Administrator with any questions or comments.

Centers wishing to implement Living in the Path as a center-based program are asked to contact the Foundation Program Coordinator at


Click on the arrow beside the following topics to see a list of available modules and to access the discussion forum: