Teacher Training Program
In-depth Study Program
Teacher Training Program
Sundays 2-4pm
 and Mondays 7-9pm
with Gen Kelsang Thekchen

What is the purpose of Teacher Training Program?

The Teacher Training Program is designed for people who wish to train as authentic Dharma Teachers in the New Kadampa Tradition.  In addition to completing the study of fourteen texts of Sutra and Tantra, including the six texts studied on the Foundation Program, students are required to observe certain commitments with regard to behaviour and way of life, and to complete a number of meditation retreats each year.

Enrolment is required

This is not a walk-in program and enrolment is required.  Students must have received Highest Yoga Tantra empowerments within the New Kadampa Tradition in order to study most of the books in this program.  When students sign up for this program, they have a strong intention and commit to complete the study of all the 12 subjects of the program without stopping.

The New Guide to Dakiniland textWe are now studying The New Guide to Dakiniland by Geshe Kelsang Gyatso. We have copies available in our bookshop, or you can order a copy from Tharpa.ca .

For a list of the twelve texts which are studied on the Teacher Training Program, click below:

Read about TTP texts

Commitments of the Teacher Training Program

When you join the Teacher Training Program, you make the following commitments:

  1. To attend every teaching class, group discussion class, teaching skills class, memorization assessment class and review class.

  2. To memorize the condensed meaning and the Root Text of the books and to sit a written examination at the end of each book or section of a book.

  3. To attend at least one prayer service (Puja) organized by the Centre each week.

  4. To prepare well for each class so discussion partners’ efforts are respected.

  5. In addition, you will be expected to practically help the Centre in various ways – such as by occasionally putting up daily water offerings, cleaning the meditation room and other areas as needed; also helping in assisting at short courses where possible and assisting or teaching at General Program classes from time to time.  This aspect is as important as the study part of the program, as it allows you to put the teachings into practice supported by other practitioners.

Prioritizing your study program in your personal schedule

Making your study program a high priority is essential for your studies and meditations to be successful. Please note: valid reasons for non-attendance should not include avoidable appointments or holidays.

How to Register

To learn how to register, please email our Education Coordinator, Kelsang Lamden by clicking below:

Send an email

For an extensive explanation of the benefits of the Foundation & Teacher Training Programs, you can read the transcript of a talk by Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso Rinpoche:

Read transcript

Coming up this month

If we just dabble superficially in a spiritual path we will never gain a deep and stable experience, and our wisdom will never develop to its full potential. This is why these spiritual programs are so important.
Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso Rinpoche