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.

Email: epc@meditateincalgary.org for more information

Commitments of Joining the Teacher Training Program

When you join the Teacher Training Program you must make the following commitments:


  1. To attend every class (including the review classes)
  2. 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
  3. To attend at least one puja or prayer service each week organized by the Centre
  4. To prepare well for each class so discussion partners’ efforts are respected
  5. 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.

Teacher Training Program

Teacher Training Program

Teaching Skills Training

Although we’re not quite ready to reinstate the TTP at our Centre, we nevertheless need people to train as branch teachers. This Teaching Skillsprogram will help you improve your skills and confidence in teaching Kadam Dharma.

Anyone who is teaching already or who wishes to teach and attends classes regularly can join the Teaching Skills program. The commitment is to make a sincere effort to attend all classes at your closest Centre, which will be scheduled every 4-6 weeks in Calgary. Remote participation via Internet can be arranged with the Education Program Coordinator at epc@meditateincalgary.org.

Please understand that being in the Teaching Skills program does not guarantee a teaching assignment. Also, it is requested that anyone who teaches regularly or occasionally attend these classes. Even the Resident Teacher attends TTP and Teaching Skills!

About the Teacher Training Program

TStudyProgramsMainhe Teacher Training Program(TTP) offers the deepest level of study, practice and commitment. Even those who are not thinking of teaching Kadam Dharma in this lifetime may join the program. The commitments of this program are an opportunity to dedicate fully and make progress in our spiritual practice, fulfilling our Bodhichitta wish. How wonderful!

The program requires:

  • A firm intention to complete the study of all the TTP topics (described below)
  • Regular attendance at weekly TTP classes
  • Attendance at teaching skills sessions when programmed (during regular class times)
  • Attendance at pujas at the Centre every week to the best of one’s ability
  • Attending five short retreats annually, or engaging in those retreats on one’s own time to the best of one’s ability

Books Studied on the Teacher Training Program

The following are subjects studied in the TTP (topics in blue are book studies exclusive to the TTP):

  • The Stages of the Path to Enlightenment, based on the commentary Joyful Path of Good Fortune
  • Training the Mind, based on the commentaries Universal Compassion and Eight Steps to Happiness
  • The Heart Sutra, based on the commentary The New Heart of Wisdom
  • Guide to the Bodhisattva’s Way of Life, based on the commentary Meaningful to Behold
  • Types of Mind, based on the commentary How to Understand the Mind
  • Guide to the Middle Way, based on the commentary Ocean of Nectar
  • Vajrayana Mahamudra, based on the commentary Clear Light of Bliss
  • The Bodhisattva’s Moral Discipline, based on the commentary The Bodhisattva Vow
  • Offering to the Spiritual Guide, based on the commentaries Great Treasury of Merit and Mahamudra Tantra
  • Vajrayogini Tantra, based on the commentary Guide to Dakini Land
  • Grounds and Paths of Secret Mantra, based on the commentary Tantric Grounds and Paths
  • The Practice of Heruka Body Mandala, based on the commentary Essence of Vajrayana

Please contact the Resident Teacher  for more information on the Teacher Training Program.