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
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 and undertake to attend every class, to learn the material, and to take a test at the conclusion 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 ans 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 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 $85 a month to become a monthly member which also includes General Program Classes at the Center and branches, weekend events and retreats at the Center, and empowerments are half-price.

To find out more about the  Teacher Training Program and how you can join, contact Julian at epc@meditationinnewyork.org.