Group Leader Training
With Pema Khandro
October 15 - 17, 2019
The Group Leader Training Program serves the need for training leaders who will serve their local communities, to connect them with the tools for meditation practices and for studying fundamental Buddhist views.
Such group leaders will require
- a firm grounding in the methods of daily meditation practice
- a clear curriculum for studying foundational Buddhist perspectives
- and ongoing mentorship with Pema Khandro
Therefore this training sets out
- an authorized curriculum which covers the key meditations for regular practice
- as well as three sets of extended discussion group formats.
The training offered will be focused on Group Leaders
- who understand Buddhist practice
- who embody Buddhist ethics
- who can support practice and study in their local communities
- and maintain continuous education
The emphasis of this program will be daily practice and leading groups in discussion and study of two texts and a set of articles. It will train Group Leaders to:
1. Lead meditation classes for finding abiding calm
2. Lead Tsok – the Tantric Feast practice
3. Lead beginning two-hour classes that introduce fundamental principles
3. Facilitate discussion groups that focus on fundamental principles as set out in two authorized texts and articles by Pema Khandro.
4. Develop local community based Buddhist groups (sangha) as peer-support practice communities
5. Teach day long meditation retreats which are focused on meditation practice
6. Give initiation in the Presence as the Path including training others in the daily practice, prayers, tsok, Vajra Guru Mantras, Seven Line Song, Vajrasattva practice and White Tara practice.
1. Completion of Group Leader Training. Students must attend all parts of all modules including attending the online teachings live, in person, in order to graduate. (No exceptions)
2. Monthly or Yearly check in and group evaluation with an experienced Dharma Leader.
3. Maintain regular contact with mentoring teachers and program peers.
4. Monthly check in with dharma buddy (a peer who is also in the program).
5. Completion of practicum – Leading six one day meditation retreats.
6. Tuition and dana paid for entire course of the Group Leader Training.
7. Daily practice throughout the duration of the course.
8. Completion of Bodhisattva Training (three modules) and satisfactory maintenance of Bodhisattva vows and Buddhist ethical guidelines of the ten virtues, five vows and fourteen vows.
9. Service as a Teaching Assistant in Vajrayana Training for two years.
10. Membership in Vajra Sangha and completion of Ngakpa Seminary for three years or its equivalent.
11. Completion of Ngondro.