Teacher Training

Tips for teaching and practice

Here you’ll find material on the how (as opposed to the what) of Dharma teaching. If you’re looking for teacher training retreats, check the Dharmapala College website at www.dharmapalacollege.org.

So far, we’ve got the following on the pages in this section…

15 Points for Communicating the Dharma (Bhante)



Guidelines for Study Leaders (Padmavajri)

Guidelines for Study Leaders: Some excellent reminders on how to lead study. These points were provided by Padmavajri, who collated them after a retreat lead by Ratnaguna at Vajrakuta/Dharmavastu in 1998.


Public Speaking

Speakers’ Classes Cittapala’s workshops for buddhists who want to develop confidence in public speaking.

Furthermore, there are notes by Bahiya on public speaking, sent to us by the Bristol Buddhist Centre.


Choosing words well (Ruchiraketu)

A study by Ruchiraketu on the choice of words when leading/teaching meditation. What is said when Teaching Meditation?

You can download this article on the effects of the choice of words made when leading and teaching meditations: What is said when leading meditation (Microsoft Word format.)


Recognizing, maintaining and developing positive qualities (Sagaraghosha and Ruchiraketu)

Recognizing, maintaining and developing positive qualities

A one-page handout for use in meditation courses. Designed to encourage practitioners to strengthen the seeds of skilful qualities rather than dwelling on the negative.

By Sagaraghosha and Ruchiraketu, Cambridge Buddhist Centre


Introduction to the VIEW Model (Sinhaketu)

An Approach to Communicating the Dharma

Download: Introduction to the VIEW model in Microsoft Word format

Note: this page does not reproduce Introduction to the VIEW model itself. Please obtain that by clicking on the hyperlink, above. The document will download automatically.


Develop your own technique. Don’t try to use somebody else’s technique. Just discover your own. Be your own natural self. It’s the individual responding to the individual.

Milton Erickson (Hypnotherapist)

Having the opportunity and ability to communicate the dharma is indeed precious. For me, it has been a path in itself, providing a rich context for development and a means of forging a fulfilling connection with others.

Rich and meaningful as the practice of communicating the Dharma may be, it is nonetheless a challenge to stay inspired and effective, and it is all too easy to loose interest-to get stuck in what may become dull repetition, or loose heart for whatever reason.

The challenge for us as conveyors of the Dharma is to keep interested and inspired whilst fostering a creative edge in order to allow us to continually develop our approach. Good intentions are not enough-we need skilful means.

The following material, based on the VIEW model, represents a shift towards experiential learning. It approaches communicating the dharma as a shared and more explorative experience-allowing for a greater sense of genuine self-expression to take place, freeing us up to be more naturally ourselves with others-and thus moving beyond the narrow confines that we have inherited from our culture in the role of ‘teacher.’

The VIEW model itself does not represent a definitive endpoint-it is merely a stepping stone towards evolving your own approach, and adding to your toolkit. In exploring the VIEW model, I hope that you will enjoy experimenting with the possibilities it might open up for you and perhaps to evolve the model further.

On behalf of Lighting the Flame, I would welcome any feedback as this is a tentative first step towards some shared understanding of how we can best communicate the Dharma.

Best wishes, Sinhaketu September 2004


1. VIEW Development Model

2. Working Principles and Practices

3. Vision, Values and Purpose

4. Influencing Skills: Introduction to the 3X Model

5. Influencing Skills: The 3X Model Explained

6. Influencing skills: Applying Explain, Explore and Experience

7. Influencing Skills: Introducing the C.A.P.S. Model

8. Influencing Skills: Applying the C.A.P.S. Model

9. Exploring and Learning

10. Working with Groups

11. VIEW Development Model: Putting it All Together

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  1. […] for the new FWBO Dharma Training Course for Mitras, offered by various UK retreat centres: see http://triratna-centre-support.org/lightingtheflame/teacher-training * there’s a survey of what is being taught at FWBO Centres here, which includes a heroic attempt […]