Becoming Buddha Teacher Training

Becoming Buddha Teacher Training Application form is below.

Becoming Buddha Teacher Training is for anyone interested in deepening their understanding of the Buddha’s Dhamma. You will learn from John a broad foundational understanding of what an awakened human being taught and how to present the Buddha’s Dhamma to others in an authentic, effective, friendly,  accessible, and straightforward manner. This understanding can then be presented incidentally, one-on-one, or in a structured class setting.

Two-thousand six-hundred years ago a human being awakened to the understanding that ignorance of Four Noble Truths is the root cause of all human suffering. He taught a path to end conflict in the world by ending conflict in ourselves through a clear path that brings recognition and direct abandonment of ignorance.

As exampled by the Buddha, the foremost contribution one can make to all human beings is to develop understanding of Four Noble Truths and then assist others to do the same.

In the Anapanasati Sutta, the Buddha used the examples of awakened Monks to show the results of a well-focused Dhamma practice. He also emphasized the rarity of a well-focused Sangha:  “This community of Dhamma Practitioners is rare to see in the world. This community of Dhamma Practitioners is such that it would be worth traveling for leagues, taking along provisions, in order to learn from.” Anapanasati Sutta

Over the past nine years, since the establishment of Cross River Meditation Center, and online at Becoming-Buddha.com, another rare and well-focused sangha has developed. We have an opportunity now to further the establishment of the Buddha’s Dhamma in the world and continue these rare and pure teachings for the sake of all sentient beings.

Mindful understanding and respect for the Triple Refuge of the Buddha, his Dhamma, and our present and future Sanghas will continue to guide our practice and our teacher training.

Here is an article on the Triple Refuge: Ratana Sutta

Ananda, the Buddha’s cousin and chief attendant once asked the Buddha “Is it true that having admirable people as friends, companions, and colleagues is half of a life well-integrated with the Dhamma?” The Buddha responded, “Ananda, having admirable people as friends, companions, and colleagues is the whole a life well-integrated with the Dhamma.”

The Buddha taught Ananda in the Upaddha Sutta that the paramount requirement for developing and teaching his Dhamma is admirable associations with others that are actually practicing and developing his Dhamma: Upaddha Sutta

Becoming Buddha Teacher Training Tuition: In keeping with our tradition of donation-based classes, please continue to support John and his continued teaching of the Buddha’s Dhamma.

 

Becoming Buddha Teacher Training Guidelines

  • Following the guidance provided in the Upaddha Sutta, and the Buddha’s example of his own teaching career, those in Becoming Buddha Teacher Training will continue their commitment to practice and teach only what the Buddha taught as preserved in the Sutta Pitaka. When teaching Dhamma, a sutta will always be used as context. This is a commitment to being responsible for preserving and continuing the Buddha’s Dhamma free of adaptation, accommodation, and embellishment.
  • • One year attendance, minimum 52 classes, at weekly Dhamma classes at Cross River meditation Center. A monthly summary of the insight and understanding developed through the previous month’s classes. (Remote Teacher Training information is below)
  • A monthly summary of insight developed into Dependent Origination, Four Noble Truths, Mindfulness, Jhana, and Three Marks Of Existence – emailed to John including any questions necessary for clarity.
  • Completion of three Becoming Buddha retreats. Completion of retreats from 2018 are included in the three-retreat requirement. A summary of Dhamma understanding gained on retreat emailed to John. Becoming Buddha Retreats Information
  • Leading occasional Dhamma classes at Cross River Meditation Center.
  • Completion of 4-day Teacher’s Retreat convened as needed at Won Dharma Center.
  • Upon completion of these requirements a 3,000 word (minimum) essay of insights gained during and your Teachers Training and your understanding of teaching a Buddha’s Dhamma.
  • A Certificate of Completion acknowledging your qualification to teach the Buddha’s Dhamma will be awarded.

Remote Teacher Training For those who are further than a two-hour drive from Frenchtown, NJ:

  • Following the guidance provided in the Upaddha Sutta, and the Buddha’s example of his own teaching career, those in Becoming Buddha Teacher Training will continue their commitment to practice and teach only what the Buddha taught as preserved in the Sutta Pitaka. When teaching Dhamma, a sutta will always be used as context. This is a commitment to being responsible for preserving and continuing the Buddha’s Dhamma free of adaptation, accommodation, and embellishment.
  • Attending  a minimum of 4 classes per month online for 1 Year streamed live from Cross River Meditation Center.
  • A monthly summary of insight developed into Dependent Origination, Four Noble Truths, Mindfulness, Jhana, and Three Marks Of Existence – emailed to John including any questions necessary for clarity.
  • Completion of three retreats held at Won Dharma Center. Completion of retreats from 2018 are included in the three-retreat requirement. A summary of the Dhamma understanding gained on retreat emailed to John. Becoming Buddha Retreats Information
  • Leading occasional recorded Dhamma classes at your location. Recording emailed to John.
  • Upon completion of these requirements a 3,000 word (minimum) of insights gained during and your Teachers Training and your understanding of teaching a Buddha’s Dhamma.A Certificate of Completion acknowledging your qualification to teach the Buddha’s Dhamma will be awarded.

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My Dhamma articles and talks are based on the Buddha's teachings  (suttas) as preserved in the Sutta Pitaka, the second book of the Pali Canon. I have relied primarily on Thanissaro Bhikkhu’s excellent and insightful translation of the Pali generously made freely available at his website Dhammatalks.org, as well as the works of Acharya Buddharakkhita, Nyanaponika Thera, John Ireland, Maurice Walsh, Hellmuth Hecker, and Sister Khema, among others, as preserved at Access To Insight.

Also, I have found Bhikkhu Bodhi's translations from Wisdom Publications Pali Canon Anthologies to be most informative and an excellent resource.

I have made edits to the suttas from these sources for further clarity, to modernize language, to minimize repetition, and maintain contextual relevance to Dependent Origination and Four Noble Truths.

 

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