Train as a qualified Kadampa Buddhist Teacher
The Teacher Training Program is the perfect basis for transforming our minds and swiftly progressing on the spiritual path. The Teacher Training Programme is for students who have experience of Foundation Programme (FP) and wish to make a deeper commitment to spiritual development. TTP students have the opportunity to train as qualified Kadampa Buddhist Teachers through the in-depth study and practice of twelve subjects covering Sutra and Tantra, and by engaging in qualified retreat.
Teacher Training Program at the Dandenong Ranges Temple
The Teacher Training Program (TTP) is designed for people who wish to train as authentic Dharma Teachers or simply engage with Buddha’s teachings on a deeper level. In addition to completing the study of fourteen texts of Sutra and Tantra, the student is required to observe certain commitments with regard to behaviour and way of life, and to complete a number of meditation retreats. Through a deep and continuing commitment to the program of study, meditation, discussion, and retreat, we can gain deep experience of Buddha’s teachings, establish a powerful meditation practice, and become a qualified teacher in our own right. Classes are held Tuesday mornings, Friday evenings and Sunday evenings. You can join the program at any time.
Join the teacher training program and study Meaningful to Behold, Geshe Kelsang Gyatso’s commentary to the famous poem Guide to the Bodhisattva’s Way of Life by 8th century Buddhist master, Shantideva. By studying this text we will learn methods to cultivate our love and compassion, understand how to train our mind sincerely, and how to live the life of a Bodhisattva by genuinely benefitting others. By practising the instructions of this book, we will start to joyfully traverse the path to enlightenment which will lead us to awakening our full potential, Buddhahood. The transmission of Shantideva’s poem will also be included in the study of this book.
The teacher of this program is Gen Kelsang Dornying, the Resident Teacher of Kadampa Meditation Centre Australia and Kadampa Meditation Centre Melbourne. Gen Dornying has been teaching Kadampa Buddhism for over 14 years. He is an inspiring and light-hearted teacher of modern Buddhism who makes Buddha’s teachings clear, accessible and applicable to modern life.
Prior to each class, students study an assigned portion of the text, usually a few pages long, and memorize the essential points. The class begins with chanted prayers and guided meditation. The teacher then reads from the book while giving commentary to the text. Afterwards the students divide into pairs to discuss the section. The teacher and students then conclude what to meditate on in the next class and how to practice during the week.
Students sign up to complete all the books and undertake to attend every class, to learn the material, and to sit an exam at the end of each book or section. Classes are held Tuesday mornings, Friday evenings and Sunday evenings. There is also a commitment to participate in at least one chanted prayer session at the Centre each week, and generally take a more active role in supporting KMCA.
The cost is $100 a month which also includes drop-in classes at both Centres and all our branches, as well as day courses, weekend events and retreats.
To find out more about the Teacher Training Program and how you can join, contact our Education Program Coordinator, Jake Zakarauskas by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.