Welcome to FAQs
Is this course for me?
This course is for everyone, more seasoned spiritual practitioners or those who may be brand new. For those of you with some background, the course helps integrate and ground the training you have already had. For those of you who are newer to these kinds of teachings, it provides a good foundation and clear path to a grounded body, open heart and clear mind. Likewise for all those somewhere in between it can bring renewed freshness and depth to spiritual practice.
Who created this course?
Tsoknyi Rinpoche designed this course based on his extensive training as a Tibetan buddhist lama and his experience teaching throughout the world for over 25 years.
Why was this course created?
After many years of teaching, dialogue and observation, Tsoknyi Rinpoche began to address the unique challenges modern people face in pursuing a spiritual path. He was concerned that spiritual bypass, disconnection, ungroundedness and emotional wounding was hindering our ability to embody real spiritual growth. He wanted to develop a comprehensive body of teachings that result in healthy human beings. This course is the outcome of his creativity and insight.
Do I have to be Buddhist to do this course?
No. The wisdom and methods that are taught here are informed by Buddhist wisdom and taught by a recognized Buddhist Lama, but specifically designed to be available to everyone — spiritual practitioners of all faiths, secular atheists and scientists interested in meditation and Buddhists of all traditions. The aim here is not to convert anyone but rather to share techniques and insights that are part of our collective human heritage.
How long does this course take?
This course is self-paced and the emphasis is to go deeply into the material so that it becomes transformative. It’s designed so you can spend as much time on any particular section as you wish. You move at your own pace so the timing depends on you, what’s going on in your life, and how you learn and integrate.
If you practice an average of 30 minutes per day, the course is about 64 weeks, or 16 months long. This is only an average; in retreat it could be done in six months and many folks will spend two years or more. You can return to the teachings again and again and use this course over your whole life.
What is the commitment from my side?
This depends on each person’s life, schedule and interest level. Obviously, the more time and attention you put in, the more benefits you will get out. Parents and full-time workers will have different challenges than retired people, students or folks in retreat.
Rinpoche has suggested a general minimum commitment of 30 min per day. Of course some will be able to give more time and some less. This is all fine. It’s better to do something than nothing. It’s also perfectly fine to do multiple short sessions — ie. 15 minutes twice a day or 20 minutes in the morning and 10 minutes at night, etc.
It’s important to mention that consistency is better than binge-practicing — it’s better to do 20 minutes a day than 2 hours once a week. The continuity adds up over time and changes habits more effectively. Like any training, the body and mind grow in strength and confidence with daily repetition.
What does the course cost?
The pricing options are as follows:
Standard membership to Fully Being:
$15/month or one-time purchase of $240
Benefactor access to Fully Being:
$30/month or one-time purchase of $480
Of course you are free to cancel a monthly membership at any time. Once you have paid the full course fee (16 months of payments), you will have lifetime access to Fully Being materials.
Can I preview the course before purchasing?
Yes, there are free previews for each of the eight sections. Several pages of the actual content are available to preview by going to a course section, such as Dropping. Navigate down the page to where the section syllabus lists all the content in that section. You will see buttons marked Free Preview. These will allow you to view core content in a pop-up window. Upon joining Fully Being you will have full access to all teaching pages.
Can I ask questions and contact the Fully Being team?
Yes! As you’ll see on the Contact Page, you can ask practical and content questions to the Fully Being team. We will try our best to help and respond in a timely manner. If anything is unknown to us, we will pass your question onto Rinpoche.
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How does this content differ from traditional presentations?
This content is somewhat unique — it is both deeply informed by traditional teachings and thoroughly relevant to our modern mental and emotional experience. This is one of Tsoknyi Rinpoche’s special gifts — distilling wisdom traditions for the modern world. So it doesn’t clearly fit into either a totally traditional model nor is it a completely modern invention. We think it has the best of both worlds.
Is it okay to do this course if I have another teacher?
Absolutely. This is a public offering by Tsoknyi Rinpoche to anyone who is interested. It is perfectly fine to have another teacher, or not be committed to a teacher at all. The course has been carefully designed to be equally applicable for Rinpoche’s students and for everyone else.
Do I have to complete earlier sections of the course to access latter ones?
The course is carefully designed as a sequential process. Each section builds on the previous material and prepares for the next teachings. Rinpoche strongly encourages everyone to do the course at least once from beginning to end. Although the insights and experiences do not necessarily unfold in a linear manner, it is a much richer and deeper experience to go through the course in a step by step way.
After completing the whole course, the teachings and practices can be used as resource and aid as needed in your life.
That said, we’ve decided to offer the whole course at the same time — no restrictions or commitments to access any part of it. So it’s kind of like releasing a book. You can jump to any chapter you like.
Am I joining some kind of group if I do this course?
No, this is an independent course offered by Tsoknyi Rinpoche to the public. There is no expectation, pressure or suggestion to join any group. The course is meant as a public offering for healing, spiritual growth and sharing wisdom — you are free to fully engage with this course without ever joining anything.
That said, if you would like to be part of a Fully Being sitting group, attend seminars with Tsoknyi Rinpoche or participate in his formal Buddhist community called Pundarika Foundation, you are also free to do so.