Teacher Training Programme (TTP), offers practitioners of Kadampa Buddhism the opportunity to study deeply, gain practical experience of both Sutra and Tantra and, if they wish, train to become qualified Dharma Teachers. It’s not just for those who wish to teach formally though, because we all teach through our example and the advice we give to friends and family. The TTP gives us great confidence in our own practice and in our ability to explain Kadam Dharma to others.
The programme consists of a dynamic combination of teachings, meditations, discussion and teaching skills classes providing a multi-faceted approach to the development of authentic spiritual experience.
Students on the programme are required to observe several commitments, namely to keep good discipline, attend all the teaching and discussion classes as well as sit examinations. Students are also encouraged to participate in regular meditation retreats that will be scheduled throughout the year.
All Resident Teachers of Kadampa Buddhist Centres follow this in-depth programme of study and practice.
What book is currently being studied?
In May 2017, Madhyamaka Kadampa Meditation Centre will be offering the precious opportunity to study The New Eight Steps to Happiness on Teacher Training Programme.
This book is a detailed and practical explanation of one of Buddhism’s best-loved teachings, Eight Verses of Training the Mind, by the great Tibetan Bodhisattva, Langri Tangpa. Clear methods are simply presented for transforming all life’s difficulties into valuable spiritual insights, for improving our relationships, and for bringing greater patience, empathy and compassion into our daily life. These methods have inspired generations of Buddhist practitioners for almost a thousand years, and brought lasting peace, inspiration and serenity to countless people. Now, with this book, Venerable Geshe Kelsang shares the immeasurably rich insight of this ancient wisdom to help us find greater happiness and meaning in our busy, modern lives. With this revised presentation, The New Eight Steps to Happiness, Venerable Geshe-la re-introduces us to the essential practices of Training the Mind. He not only challenges our entire understanding of the world, but also challenges us to transform ourself into the greatest being we can possibly become!
The Teacher Training Programme is taught by Gen Kelsang Tharpa, the Resident Teacher at Madhyamaka Kadampa Meditation Centre. Gen Tharpa has many years of experience studying, practising and teaching Kadam Dharma.
What is the structure?
Students sign up to complete the study of fourteen books (see below) and undertake to attend every class, to learn the material, and to take a test at the conclusion of each book. Class meets three times a week for two hours; Monday 8am – 10am & 7 – 9pm and Tuesday 8 – 10am. If for a suitable reason a student is not able to attend the class in person, he or she is expected to listen to the class recording.
What happens at a class?
Prior to class, students study an assigned portion of the text, usually a few pages long, and memorize the essential points. The class begins with chanted prayers and guided meditation. The teacher then reads from the book while giving commentary to the text. Afterwards the students divide into pairs to review and discuss the section. The teacher and students then conclude what to meditate on in the next class and how to practise during the week.
Can I try it out before fully committing?
Yes. Most people attend for a two-week taster before enrolling.
How much will it cost?
The cost is £35 every month, which also includes General Programme Classes at the Centre and branches, and most weekend events and retreats at the Centre.
To find out more about the Teacher Training Programme and how you can join, contact Phill at email@example.com
1. The Stages of the Path to Enlightenment, based on the commentary Joyful Path of Good Fortune
3. The Heart Sutra, based on the commentary The New Heart of Wisdom
4. Guide to the Bodhisattva’s Way of Life, based on the commentary Meaningful to Behold
5. Types of Mind, based on the commentary How to Understand the Mind
6. Guide to the Middle Way, based on the commentary Ocean of Nectar
7. Vajrayana Mahamudra, based on the commentary Clear Light of Bliss
8. The Bodhisattva’s Moral Discipline, based on the commentary The Bodhisattva Vow
10. Vajrayogini Tantra, based on the commentary The New Guide to Dakini Land
11. Grounds and Paths of Secret Mantra, based on the commentary Tantric Grounds and Paths
12. The Practice of Heruka Body Mandala, based on the commentary Essence of Vajrayana