Teacher Training Program: A Structured Study Program

Tuesdays and Thursdays, 7pm – 9pm 860393_552526461438203_586258818_o
at KMC South Carolina with Kelsang Tabkay

$60 per month (even during months when we do not meet for class)




The purpose of the Teacher Training Program is to provide an extensive presentation of particular subjects of Mahayana Buddhism to enable practitioners to deepen their knowledge and experience of Buddhism, and to train as qualified New Kadampa Tradition Teachers.

Twelve subjects

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
  2. Training the Mind, based on the commentaries Universal Compassion and Eight Steps to Happiness
  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
  9. Offering to the Spiritual Guide, based on the commentaries Great Treasury of Merit and Mahamudra Tantra
  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

       Currently Studyingbook-htutm-frnt_2

       How to Understand the Mind: The Nature and Power of the Mind

This book offers us deep insight into our mind, and shows how an understanding of its nature and functions can be used practically in every day experience to improve our lives.

Part 1 is a practical guide to developing and maintaining a light, positive mind – showing how to recognize and abandon states of mind that arms us, and to replace them with peaceful and beneficial ones.

Part 2 describes different types of mind in detail, revealing the depth and profundity of the Buddhist understanding of the mind. It concludes with a detailed explanation of meditation, showing how by controlling and transforming our mind we can attain a lasting state of joy, independent of external conditions.

For our current schedule, please click here.

Further information

Read Wishfulfilling Jewels for Dharma practitioners by Geshe Kelsang Gyatso

The Teacher Training Program takes approximately twelve years to complete and requires an enrollment procedure.

The Commitments of the Foundation Program

Our General Program classes are offered on a drop-in basis and there are no requirements for attending.  As a more structured program of study, the TTP does require students to make some basic commitments:

  • Students keep the intention to attend every class during the TTP term (terms are August through late December and late January through June)
  • Students read ahead and memorize the essential points of the text
  • Students memorize the root text and/or the condensed meaning of the text
  • Students take one exam per year to check their understanding of what they have studied
  • Students attend at least one group meditation / chanted prayer session per week (group meditations are scheduled 7 days per week at various times)
  • Students attend two sessions per day of our annual TTP retreats
  • Students pay a $60 per month fee (including during months when TTP is not in session)

Studying via Correspondence

Students who live outside the Columbia area or who have a good reason for not being able to attend the Teacher Training Program can request to study via correspondence.  Students receive MP3s of the teachings via e-mail and keep all the commitments of Teacher Training Program except for attendance of classes and chanted prayer sessions.

If you are interested in studying via correspondence, please contact us.

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