Foundation & Teacher Training Programs
TEACHER: Gen Kelsang Zopa
BOOK STUDIED: Joyful Path of Good Fortune
The Foundation Program (FP) is designed for those who wish to deepen their understanding and experience of Kadampa Buddhism through a systematic study of six texts by Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso Rinpoche.
When you join you will experience the great benefits of being part of this systematic study program. Through this you can improve your good heart, your wisdom, and your cherishing of others by going deeper into your study and meditation practice.
This is not a drop-in program and enrollment is required. You are also required to have attended General Program classes regularly for a minimum of 6-months before joining the Foundation Program. For further information please contact our Education Program Coordinator by EMAIL or call her at 250-592-7164 ext.2
TEACHER: Gen Kelsang Zopa
BOOK STUDIED: Ocean of Nectar
The Teacher Training Program (TTP) is designed for those who want to train as qualified New Kadampa Tradition Teachers. In addition to completing the study of fourteen texts of Sutra and Tantra, including the six texts studied on the Foundation Program, students are required to observe certain commitments with regard to behaviour and way of life, and to complete a number of meditation retreats each year. Read more about the texts studied and benefits HERE.
Teacher Training Program is not a walk-in program and enrollment is required. When TTP students sign up they have a strong intention and commit to complete the study of all 12 subjects without stopping. Students must have received Highest Yoga Tantra empowerments within the New Kadampa Tradition in order to study some of the books. Generally people will complete the Foundation program first. For further information please EMAIL or call 250-592-7164 ext. 2
COMMITMENTS OF JOINING STUDY PROGRAMS
When you join either the Foundation Program or Teacher Training Program you must make the following commitments:
- To attend every class (including the review classes).
- To memorize the Condensed Meaning or Root Text of the books and to sit a written examination at the end of each book or section of a book.
- To attend at least one puja each week organized by the Centre.
- To prepare well for each class so discussions are meaningful.
- To attend the group discussions
- To help care for the community by volunteering
Caring for the community by volunteering means joining in practically helping Bodhichitta Kadampa Buddhist Centre to flourish in practical ways – such as by occasionally putting up daily water offerings, cleaning the meditation room and other areas as needed; also helping in assisting at courses or GP classes where possible and ,when appropropriate, leading lunch time meditations or teaching..
Prioritising the Study Program in your personal schedule
This is essential for your studies and meditations to be successful. The Program term dates will be sent to you in advance every six months; therefore, for any personal meetings/holidays etc with family/friends etc please try to schedule these in the light of your Study Program attendance commitment.
“If we just dabble superficially in a spiritual path we will never gain a deep and stable experience, and our wisdom will never develop to its full potential. This is why these spiritual programs are so important” – Geshe Kelsang Gyatso