Teacher Training Program (TTP)

What is Teacher Training Program?

JoyfulPathOfGoodFortuneThis semester the Teacher Training Program (TTP) class joins the Foundation Program class to study Joyful Path of Good Fortune by Geshe Kelsang Gyatso. TTP is similar to the Foundation Program though it has more commitments. The purpose of the Teacher Training Program is to provide an extensive presentation of particular subjects of Mahayana Buddhism to enable practitioners to deepen their knowledge and experience of Buddhism, and to train as qualified New Kadampa Tradition Teachers. All Resident Teachers of Kadampa Buddhist Centers follow this in-depth program of study and practice. The program comprises the following twelve subjects, based on Buddha’s Sutra and Tantra teachings and the corresponding commentaries by Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso: 1. The Stages of the Path to Enlightenment, based on the commentary Joyful Path of Good Fortune 2. Training the Mind, based on the commentaries Universal Compassion and Eight Steps to Happiness 3. The Heart Sutra, based on the commentary Heart of Wisdom 4. Guide to the Bodhisattva’s Way of Life, based on the commentary Meaningful to Behold 5. Types of Mind, based on the commentary Understanding the Mind 6. Guide to the Middle Way, based on the commentary Ocean of Nectar 7. Vajrayana Mahamudra, based on the commentary Clear Light of Bliss 8. The Bodhisattva’s Moral Discipline, based on the commentary The Bodhisattva Vow 9. Offering to the Spiritual Guide, based on the commentaries Great Treasury of Merit and Mahamudra Tantra 10. Vajrayogini Tantra, based on the commentary Guide to Dakini Land 11. Grounds and Paths of Secret Mantra, based on the commentary Tantric Grounds and Paths 12. The Practice of Heruka Body Mandala, based on the commentary Essence of Vajrayana

When do we meet?

Sundays, 4:15 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Please see our calendar to confirm individual dates.

Further information

Learn more about FP and TTP programs by visiting Wishfulfilling Jewels for Dharma Practitioners by Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso The Teacher Training Program takes approximately twelve years to complete and requires an enrollment procedure. Please contact the Education Program Coordinator for more information at epc@meditationingeorgia.org or (678) 453-6753.

How much does it cost?

The cost is $80 a month. As a TTP student you are entitled to all the benefits of membership including free admission to General Program Classes at the Center and branches. For more details check out http://meditationingeorgia.org/membership/.

If you live outside of Atlanta or would like to join TTP but you are not available on Sunday nights,  you can study FP by correspondence for $60 a month.