The purpose of Teacher Training Program:

To provide an extensive presentation of particular subjects of Mahayana Buddhism

To enable practitioners to deepen their knowledge and experience of Buddhism

To enable practitioners to train as qualified Teachers of the New Kadampa Tradition of modern Buddhism

Come to the Free Intro Talk:  Sunday, Sept 8, 4-6pm

Our profound opportunity to give back...

This is a study program for those who wish to give back to their community and world, repaying the great kindness of others, by becoming a qualified teacher of Kadampa Buddhism.

In Teacher Training Program we gain the confidence and skills to guide ourselves and others to a happy and meaningful life. We train in the Bodhisattva's way of life, learning how to live a life of meaning and service to all living beings, as demonstrated by our Spiritual Guide and Founder, Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso Rinpoche.

Learn more by attending the Free Intro Class, in which Trina will explain how the program works. This is followed by a two-week trial period before enrollment is required.

If you are interested in Teacher Training Program, please contact Kelsang Evam at to receive updates.

New Teacher Training Program (TTP) starting September 2024

Starting Sunday, September 8, 4-6pm

Meets twice a week:

Thursday, 6:30-8:30pm & Sundays 4-6pm

Teacher: Resident Teacher Kadam Trina

Studying the book: Great Treasury of Merit

Class meets twice-weekly, with term breaks throughout the program, including a longer break in the summer. In addition to a teaching from the book, each class includes chanted prayers, guided meditation, and discussion. 

This program is enrollment-based. Both in-person and live-streamed options are available. Live-stream enrollment is available for those who live remotely or whose travel is limited by disability.

Enrollees are not required to teach Dharma, but are encouraged to develop the sincere wish to give Dharma by various means, including example and service.

This program has three parts:

1. Study

Systematic study of 12 topics (14 texts), including receiving the oral transmission of that text, guided meditation and group discussion.

2. Teaching Skills

Dedicated class time to learning and improving our skills for teaching Dharma for the purpose of benefiting others.

3. Retreat

Special advanced retreats are included in the program. These are held throughout the year, offering TTP students the opportunity to make deep inner spiritual progress, year-in and year-out.

Great Treasury of Merit

How to Rely Upon a Spiritual Guide

By Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso Rinpoche

Great Treasury of Merit is an extraordinary book that contains clear instructions on how to rely on a Spiritual Guide, the foundation for all spiritual attainments. It provides a complete explanation of how to practice Offering to the Spiritual Guide (Lama Chöpa), one of the most important meditation practices of Kadampa Buddhism. A work of unparalleled profundity and clarity, this book contains a wealth of accessible and practical instructions on Lamrim, Lojong and Mahamudra, the very essence of Buddha’s teachings. An indispensable handbook for all those who wish to accomplish the swift path to enlightenment.

About the Teacher: Kadam Trina

Kadam Trina Gunther is the Resident Teacher at Heruka Kadampa Meditation Center. She has been a dedicated practitioner of modern Kadampa Buddhism since 2004. Kadam Trina is an inspiring example of a lay Kadampa practitioner and brings with her a wealth of experience of integrating Buddha's teachings with busy daily life. She shares Buddha's teachings and practice with clarity, warmth and joy.

Teacher Training Program Enrollment Information

Interested in joining Teacher Training Program? Please speak to our Education Program Coordinator Kelsang Evam or email her at:

Cost for Teacher Training Program is Bodhisattva Membership, which includes free access to almost all events, retreats and classes at Heruka Kadampa Meditation Center. Please see the Membership page for details.

The Twelve Topics Studied in TTP:

  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 The New 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

Becoming a Qualified Teacher

Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso Rinpoche, renowned Kadampa Buddhist Master and our Founder, explained the importance of training as a qualified Dharma teacher in this modern world:

"Buddhadharma is beneficial to others only if there are qualified Teachers. Without Teachers, Dharma texts alone are of little benefit. To become a qualified Dharma Teacher requires special preparation and training.

It is not easy to become a Dharma Teacher because special qualities are needed: wisdom, correct view, faith, conviction, and pure conduct as an example to others. Also a Teacher needs an inexhaustible reservoir of Dharma knowledge and experience to teach from, otherwise he or she will dry up after one or two years.

If a Teacher lacks qualities such as wisdom, experience, faith, and pure motivation, it will be difficult for others to develop faith in them or their teachings, and there will be little benefit. Also, without proper training and preparation there is a danger of Teachers mixing worldly, samsaric activities with their teaching activities. Therefore we definitely need to train well if we wish to be a genuine benefit to others.

If we complete the Teacher Training Program we can begin to teach immediately. Alternatively, if we wish to lead a meditative life, we will find that the program has prepared us well. At the very least we will be great Buddhist scholars with a deep and stable experience of Dharma.

These programs, therefore, are real wishfulfilling jewels for Dharma practitioners. By participating in them we can improve our wisdom and Dharma experience and use Dharma to solve our daily problems. We can become our own protector by protecting ourselves from danger and suffering, and our own doctor by curing our mental pain with Dharma medicine.

We shall be able to set a good example for others to follow and help others by giving teachings and advice. Eventually we will be able to give extensive teachings and benefit others in many ways by organizing special programs and so forth. In this way we will make both our own and others’ human lives extremely meaningful."

Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso Rinpoche, teaching in New York in 2006

Many people from all walks of life are training in or have completed the Teacher Training Program in NKT Centers all around the globe. These teachers now offer great inspiration and guidance to those interested in following the unbroken lineage of pure Kadampa Buddhism in this modern world.

This program gives us the precious opportunity to repay the kindness of all mother beings as well as that of our Venerable Spiritual Guide, Geshe Kelsang Gyatso Rinpoche. It provides us with the best support and training for following the Bodhisattva's way of life in these modern times.

Special TTP Retreat Program

This special arrangement of annual advanced meditation retreats is designed to help TTP students make more effective spiritual progress and improve their abilities to teach others.

Refuge Retreat

Vajrayana Mahamudra Preliminary Guide Retreat

Engaging in this retreat deepens our experience of Mahayana Buddhist refuge in the Three Jewels: Buddha, Dharma and Sangha, which is the foundation of all spiritual realizations.

Vajrasattva Purification Retreat

Vajrayana Mahamudra Preliminary Guide Retreat

The purpose of this retreat is to purify our negative karma and obstacles to our spiritual development through the recitation and meditation of Buddha Vajrasattva practice.

Guru Yoga Mandala Offering Retreat

Vajrayana Mahamudra Preliminary Guide Retreat

In this retreat, we focus on the preliminary practices of accumulating merit and receiving blessings by making mandala offerings and engaging in Guru Yoga. This is a special practice that brings us closer to our Spiritual Guide.

Lamrim Retreat

This retreat helps us deepen our understanding and experience of Lamrim, Atisha's priceless condensed presentation of all Buddha's teachings at the core of Kadam Dharma. Through this we will enjoy a special experience of peace and fulfillment that comes from a spiritually meaningful life. Ultimately, Lamrim meditations will give rise to a compete transformation of our mind through the power of wisdom and compassion.

Highest Yoga Tantra Retreat

This retreat focuses on the generation and completion stages of Highest Yoga Tantra for those with the empowerments of Heruka and Vajrayogini, offered within the New Kadampa Tradition.

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