The purpose of Teacher Training Program:

To provide an extensive presentation of particular subjects of Mahayana Buddhism

Click here for the topics and texts studied in TTP

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

Click here to learn about the New Kadampa Tradition

New Teacher Training Program (TTP) starting September 2024

Meets twice a week:

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

Teacher: Resident Teacher Kadam Trina

Studying the book: TBD

Normal enrollment is for in-person attendance. We do offer a remote learning option via live Zoom to qualifying students who live too far away to attend in person.

If you are interested in the Teacher Training Program, please speak to our Education Program Coordinator Kelsang Evam or contact her at .

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.

Book being studied:

Coming soon...

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.

About Teacher Training Program

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.

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.... _____________ Membership, which includes... Please see the Membership page for details.

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