The Teacher Training Program (TTP) is designed for those who wish to train as authentic Dharma Teachers and/or engage with Buddha’s teachings in the deepest possible manner. In addition to completing the study of fourteen texts of Sutra and Tantra, the TTP student is encouraged to observe certain commitments with regard to behavior and way of life, and to complete a number of meditation retreats. Participation in the TTP is an indication of the practitioners depth of commitment in making the spreading of dharma a top priority of their life.
Through a deep and continuing commitment to the program of study, meditation, discussion, and retreat, we can gain deep experience of Buddha’s teachings, establish a strong meditation practice, and become a qualified teacher in our own right.
The Teacher Training Program is taught by Gen Kelsang Lingpur, the Resident Teacher at Kadampa Meditation Center Arizona.
What is the structure?
Students sign up to complete all the books and undertake to attend every class, to learn the material, and to take a test at the conclusion of each book. Class meets on Sundays from 1-4:30pm with a break. 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 and submit a summary.
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 discuss the section. The teacher and students then conclude what to meditate on in the next class and how to practice during the week.
How much will it cost?
The cost is $75 a month, which also includes General Program Classes at the Center, branches, and annual retreats, weekend events are half-price.
To find out more about the Teacher Training Program and how you can join, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.