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 Kadam Dharma Teachers. It’s not just for those who wish to teach formally however, we all teach through our example and the advice we give to friends and family. TTP gives us great confidence in our own practice and in our ability to explain Kadam Dharma to others.
The program 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 program are required to observe several commitments. Namely to keep good moral discipline, attend all the teaching and discussion classes as well as sit examinations. Students are also encouraged to participate in regular meditation retreats scheduled throughout the year.
The program comprises the following twelve subjects, based on Buddha’s Sutra and Tantra teachings and the corresponding commentaries by Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso:
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
The Teacher Training Program (TTP) takes approximately twelve years to complete and requires enrollment. Usually to enroll in TTP students should have studied and completed successfully the texts on the Foundation Program. Exceptions may be made according to the judgment of the Resident Teacher. Classes are held on Sunday from 4:00 pm to 6:30 pm. Attendance is in-person at the Center. Exceptions may be made for those who live far from the Center.
Upon entering TTP, students commit to attending the Preliminary Guide Retreats which are part of the Program. these include Lamrim, Refuge, Guru Yoga and Mandala Offering; Vajrasattva purification, and Vajrayogini.