The Foundation Service Seminar

Part 1 of 2* ~ Compassion in Action: Living and Working Your Values in FPMT

Friday October 30:  7:30 – 9 pm
Saturday October 31:  9 am – 6 pm
Sunday November 1:  9 am – 5 pm

*Part 2 will be offered in Portland on April 8, 9, & 10, 2016. If you want the certificate, you must do both parts.

Cost: $368 “For credit” option (contact student services for this option)
OR 15 hours of pledged service “non credit” option (fill out form at the bottom of this page)

Facilitators for this seminar are Namdrol Miranda Adams, Maitripa College Dean of Education and Assistant to Yangsi Rinpoche, and Tom Truty, FPMT Director of Education Services.

Click here to register now under the non-credit (pledged service) option:

Register Now

*Can also be taken for credit as CST201: $368 “For credit” option (contact student services for this option)

Please complete the following Service Pledge Form and submit it as fulfillment of your  “non-credit payment” for this course.

Pledge of Service Form

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Additional Information for Registrants

Please note the following details:

  1. If you are taking the course for credit, please make sure you are registered through the link provided on the left and that we have you in our records!
  2. If you are not taking the course for credit, you will be “billed” in service hours next week; service hours do not have to be done on the premises of the College if you do not live in town, but they must be done for Maitripa College. Please contact Namdrol at for more details and specifics. The pledge of service form is on the left of this page if you want to fill it out now.
  3. We will be giving you the course book & any other materials you need for the weekend when you are here; so just bring yourselves and something to write with and on!
  4. Please remember that Part 1 of the FSS is being offered now, Part 2 will be offered in Portland on April 8, 9, & 10, 2016. If you want the certificate, you must do both parts!
  5. Maitripa College is not a residential facility, nor do we have the resources to house people this time. So sorry, but you are on your own with this one!
  6. You will be responsible for financing your own meals: Saturday we will order Indian as a group & Sunday we will order Thai – we will do the logistics at the College but you will need to pay for your own – or bring something from outside & eat with the group.

We look forward to seeing you soon!

About FSS

The Foundation Service Seminar (FSS) is a volunteer training created by the Foundation for the Preservation of the Mahayana Tradition (FPMT) specifically for those who are currently or plan to offer service in an FPMT center, project, or other environment. The Foundation Service Seminar explores how to best offer our skills and qualities in service. The course is an opportunity to investigate a model of developing our own and others’ skills and qualities in relationship to a specific organizational philosophy and mission; in this case, the purpose and mission of FPMT, and how the FPMT vision translates into action for centers, projects, and individuals. The topics that will be covered include: our relationship to resources – both material and human; communication skills and conflict resolution; teaching according to the level of the student; ways to maintain and develop our personal practice in the midst of service, and methods to prevent and cure burnout. We discuss service in terms of Guru devotion, karma, compassion, and emptiness, and a Buddhist view of how to draw strength, inspiration, wisdom, and guidance from these practices. Students will have the opportunity to use the Inner Job Description, a tool for developing what Lama Zopa Rinpoche calls the “inner professional”, and integrate the Dharma into our daily lives. The course includes group discussion and sharing of experiences, particularly of community service or other volunteer/service work, and introduces daily meditations as well as group practice as advised by Lama Zopa Rinpoche.

The complete FSS will be offered at Maitripa College over the course of two semesters, in the format of one non-residential weekend intensive in the Fall semester and one in the Spring semester. One credit hour may be awarded per semester by Maitripa College for each completed weekend in addition to community service hours and student work completed outside the classroom instructional hours. To earn a FSS Certificate of Completion​ from FPMT, students must complete all of the hours of both weekend training sessions.