Teacher Training Programme

Day and Time
Sundays   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:

date session 1 (4:30-6:30pm) session 2
May 1 Teaching Skills no 2nd session
May 8 teaching teaching
May 15 teaching group discussion
May 22 teaching teaching
May 29 Refuge Retreat Refuge Retreat
Jun 5 teaching discussion
Jun 12 teaching teaching
Jun 19 Quick Path to Great Bliss group discussion
Jun 26 Post Festival Retreat Post Festival Retreat
Jul 3 tbc tbc
Jul 10 tbc tbc
Jul 17 tbc tbc
Jul 24 tbc tbc

(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 once a week for a two hour session, then a break and then an hour and a half session. If for any reason a student is not able to attend the class in person, they can just read up and try and catch up in their own time. 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. To become a member click here.

The Teacher

This class is taught by our Resident Teacher Gen Kelsang Chogma.