A Program to Become a Qualified Kadampa Buddhist Teacher

Participation in the the Teacher Training Program (TTP) is an indication of the practitioner’s depth of commitment in making the spreading of Dharma a top priority of their life. The program is designed for those who wish to engage with Buddha’s teachings in the deepest possible manner and/or train as authentic Dharma Teachers in the Kadampa Buddhist tradition. A strong foundation in basic fundamentals of Buddhist practice is a pre-requisite for entering the program.

In addition to completing the multi-years 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. 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
The Teacher Training Program is taught by Kadam Morten, the Resident Teacher at the Kadampa Meditation Center New York City.

 

What is the structure?
Students sign up to complete all the books in the program and undertake to attend every class, to learn the material, and to take tests at various intervals throughout the study of each book. Class meets twice a week for two and a half hours. 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. Students participate in putting up and taking down the shrine offerings and setting up the meditation room for the class.

TTP students are also encouraged to attend the one or all of the several monthly ritual pujas, Offering to the Spiritual Guide and Melodious Drum.

 

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 the assigned portion 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 with suggestions for what to meditate on in the next class and how to practice during the week.

 

How much will it cost?
The cost is $85 a month to become a monthly member which also includes General Program classes at the Center and branches, and weekend events and retreats at the Center. Empowerments for members are half-price.

To find out more about the Teacher Training Program, contact study@meditationinnewyork.org.