Teacher Training Programme

Day and Time
Sunday’s   4:30pm – 8:30pm

Atisha Kadampa Meditation Centre,
81 Victoria Road, Darlington, DL1 5JQ.

The Teacher Training Programme (TTP) held at Atisha Kadampa Meditation Centre and is designed for people who wish to  engage with Buddha’s teachings in the deepest possible manner.

In addition to completing the study of fourteen texts of Sutra and Tantra, the student is required to observe certain commitments with regard to behavior and way of life, and to complete a number of meditation retreats.

Through a deep and continuing commitment to the programme of study, meditation, discussion, and retreat, we can gain deep experience of Buddha’s teachings, establish a strong meditation practice, and become a qualified teacher.

You can join at any time. To find out more please get in touch:

email: info@meditationindarlington.org
or phone: 01325 365265

Class dates:

April 15
April 22
April 29 – with Melodious Drum as first half

May 6 – with Discussion
May 13
May 20

May 27 – No Class, International Spring Festival at Manjushri KMC

June 3
June 10 – with Discussion
June 17
June 24

July 1 – with Discussion
July 8 – Guru Yoga Mandala Retreat

Summer Holidays
Next class: September 9

(These dates maybe subject to change. Please keep in contact with the EPC / TTP co-ordinator epc@meditationindarlington.org )

What is the structure?

Students sign up to complete all the books and undertake to attend every class, to learn the material, and to take a test at the conclusion of each book. Class meets twice a week for two and a half hours. If for a suitable reason a student is not able to attend the class in person, he or she is expected to let the TTP monitor know, study the text covered in that class themselves and submit a summary. As part of the programme the students do a little job to help with smooth running of the study programme. In this way we learn about the rituals associated with Buddhist practice and more about how to cherish and run the Buddhist Centre.

What happens at a class?

Prior to 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.

How much will it cost?

The cost is a standing order of £35 a month to become a monthly member which also includes that you can come to any General Program Class at the Centre and branches, weekend events and retreats at the Centre (but we still pay for Empowerments). To become a member click here.

dragden circleThe Teacher

The Teacher Training Programme is taught by Kelsang Dragden, the Resident Teacher at the Atisha Kadampa Buddhist Centre.

We are extremely fortunate to have Dragden teaching us here every week.
He is highly respected and recognised for his kind, warm, accommodating heart. Dragden gives profound and practical methods for us to overcome our daily problems permanently. Through applying these teachings we can arrive at a peaceful, happy state of mind, all of the time.

He has a wealth of teaching experience and brings with him boundless enthusiasm and energy, providing an inspiring example of a modern Buddhist practitioner.

Dragden also recently studied Great Treasury of Merit at the International Teacher Training Program (ITTP) with retired General Spiritual Director, Gen-la Kelsang Khyenrab.

GToM Book COverGreat Treasury of Merit

At every level of Buddhist practice, relying upon the Spiritual Guide is regarded as the source of inspiration, understanding, and progress on the spiritual path. But nowhere is this practice more important than in Tantra.

Great Treasury of Merit is a commentary to a sublime practice called Offering to the Spiritual Guide, which is performed publicly twice a month in all Kadampa Buddhist centers, and often daily by individual practitioners.

It is the supreme gateway to receiving blessings for all practitioners, but especially for those practicing Tantric Mahamudra.

In giving a line-by-line commentary to the practice, Geshe Kelsang explains the essential stages of the path of Sutra and Tantra and shows how we can greatly increase the efficacy of our meditations by relying sincerely upon a qualified Spiritual Guide.