The Teacher Training Program (TTP) is designed for people who wish to train as authentic Dharma Teachers within the New Kadampa Tradition or who simply want to engage with Buddha's teachings in the deepest possible manner. In addition to completing the study of fourteen texts of Sutra and Tantra (see below), students are 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 program of study, meditation, discussion, and retreat, we can gain deep experience of Buddha's teachings, establish a strong meditation practice, and become a qualified Kadampa Teacher.
This semester the Safety Harbor TTP class is studying Ocean of Nectar by Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso Rinpoche. This book is the first complete explanation in English of the renowned Indian Buddhist Master, Chandrakirti's Guide to the Middle Way, a precious Mahayana scripture which to this day is regarded as the principal presentation of Buddha's profound view of emptiness, the ultimate nature of reality. Through studying and practicing the profound meanings within this text we can deepen our understanding and experience of how things exist and be guided along the Bodhisattva’s path to full enlightenment.
This class is taught by Resident Teacher Kadam Michelle Gauthier. Kadam Michelle is a disciple of Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso Rinpoche, founder of the New Kadampa Tradition, and has been studying and practicing Buddhism for more than 25 years. She presents Buddha's teachings with beautiful clarity, warmth and sincerity, skillfully guiding people from all walks of life to find inner peace and lasting happiness.
Teacher Training Program (TTP) is for those students who wish to become qualified Kadampa Buddhist Teachers. Highest Yoga Tantra empowerment (or a sincere intention to receive this empowerment at the next possible opportunity) is required to study. The Teacher Training Program is a structured study program to help students deepen their own study and practice of Buddha's teachings as well as learn how to teach others. Regular meditation retreats throughout the year are built into the program for the students' personal development as well as teaching skills classes and discussions.