Teacher Training Program: A Structured Study Program

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.

There are immeasurable benefits of training to become a qualified teacher of meditation and Kadampa Buddhism. Our own wisdom, inner peace, and meditation experience will greatly increase through this special study program designed by contemporary Buddhist master, Geshe Kelsang Gyatso Rinpoche. This program includes in depth study, meditation, and discussion in each class. There are also occasional teaching skills classes to improve our abilities as teachers. For more benefits please read Wishfulfilling Jewels for Dharma practitioners by Geshe Kelsang Gyatso Rinpoche.

Students who are interested in training to become qualified Kadampa Buddhist teachers, please contact Kelsang Jangchen rt@meditationinsouthcarolina.org.

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

For more information, please contact rt@meditationinsouthcarolina.org.

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