Teacher Training Program
Teacher Training Program
Books Studied on the Teacher Training Program
The Teacher Training Program (TTP) is designed for people who wish to train as authentic Dharma Teachers in the New Kadampa Tradition. In addition to completing the study of fourteen texts of Sutra and Tantra, including the six texts studied on the Foundation Program, students are required to observe certain commitments with regard to behaviour and way of life, and to complete a number of meditation retreats each year.
*The Teacher Training Program is not a walk-in program and enrollment is required. When TTP students sign up they have a strong intention and commit to complete the study of all 12 subjects without stopping. Students must have received Highest Yoga Tantra empowerments within the New Kadampa Tradition in order to study many of the books in TTP.
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Commitments of Joining the Teacher Training Program
When you join the Teacher Training Program you must make the following commitments:
- To attend every class (including the review classes)
- To memorize the Condensed Meaning or Root Text of the books and to sit a written examination at the end of each book or section of a book
- To attend at least one puja or prayer service each week organized by the Centre
- To prepare well for each class so discussion partners’ efforts are respected
- To attend the group discussions
In addition, you will be expected to help Akshobya Kadampa Buddhist Centre flourish in practical ways – such as by occasionally putting up daily water offerings, cleaning the meditation room and other areas as needed; also helping in assisting at short courses where possible and assisting or teaching at General Program classes from time to time.
Prioritizing the Study Program in your personal schedule
Making your Teacher Training Program a high priority is essential for your studies and meditations to be successful. The Program term dates will be available in advance every six months; therefore, for any personal meetings/holidays etc. you should have time to re-schedule if necessary in the light of your Study Program attendance commitment.
Books studied on the TTP:
Joyful Path of Good Fortune, Universal Compassion, Eight Steps to Happiness, The New Heart of Wisdom, Meaningful to Behold, How to Understand the Mind, Modern Buddhism, The New Heart of Wisdom, Tantric Grounds and Paths, Shantideva’s Guide to the Bodhisattva’s Way of Life and it’s commentary, Meaningful to Behold, and Ocean of Nectar.