Teacher Training Programme


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

Venue:
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


You are welcome to attend classes at this time or we can send you recordings.

Class dates:

December 13 - live, in-person class (and the audio recording can be accessed online)

December 20 (with discussion and Quick Path prayers)  - live, in-person class (and the audio recording can be accessed online)

Christmas break

January 10 – Lamrim retreat guided

January 17 – Vajrapani Retreat unguided (to prepare for empowerment)

January 24 – Vajrapani Retreat guided

January 31 – Vajrayogini retreat guided

February 7

February 14

February 21 – with Discussion

February 28

March 7 – with teaching skills

March 14

March 21 – with Discussion

Easter break

April 11

(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.


dragden circleThe Teacher

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

We are extremely fortunate to have Gen 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.