ACI Teacher Training Module 3:
Buddhist Refuge

No, I’m not teaching Tibetan language, I’m not teaching books, I’m not teaching rituals, I’m not teaching meditation or retreats, or how to be a monk or nun, I’m only teaching how to serve people, then if you are kelwa sangpo, if you are a person of incredible good fortune, your heart leaps to hear it said. We teach serving others. You feel a chill up your spine. You start to cry. Finally I found someone who is teaching the right thing. And your heart knows that’s true. So when you come here to learn, you must think only, ‘I’m coming to serve’.
— Geshe Michael Roach

Rolling Admissions until Full
Max Participants 35 people

Join us on a Journey to Mastery


Asian Classics Institute will offer its third module Teacher Training, in our Accreditation Program, staring during the Nagarjuna retreat intensive and completing with six days of intensive training at Diamond Mountain.

Join us to take the next steps to hone and master your skills as a teacher, as we pass along the depth and greatness of the ACI core teachings to future generations. This training will be an on-going series of LIVE and ONLINE modules, which all will lead you to continue making these teachings alive for modern peoples and cultures around the world.

The long term vision is to develop teacher certifications levels, from those who teach privately to those who are faculty members of our largest retreat events. We will have specializations in retreat facilitation, meditation, Lam Rim, practice modules and new content development strategies from the foundational teachings.

Module 3: Applied Meditation

  • ACI 3 Course with Geshe Michael Roach, including additional teaching insights and learnings during October 3-12 at Diamond Mountain

  • Content Mastery of ACI 3 and insight into developing a meditation practice through a retreat-like experience during the teacher training

  • Develop presentation skills through a uniquely designed practicuum workshop series. Module 3 includes training on how to teach meditation, how to use your voice as a teacher, as well as receiving direct feedback from your peers and expert teachers

  • Hone your understanding of student learning styles and how to design your classes with the diversity of needs of each student

  • Group Project on how to design an intensive retreat experience, and how to implement it (This is for real, not just an exercise)

  • Each student will develop a mentor relationship with a Senior ACI teacher to foster the learning process and answer in-depth personal questions

  • And more…



October 3-12, 2019 (Diamond Mountain)
• ACI Course 3 with Geshe Michael
• Foundational Presentations and Workshops
• Teaching Ethics and ACI Behavior Policies
• Simultaneous with a deep presentation on Nagarjuna’s wisdom

October 12-17, 2019 (Diamond Mountain)
Dedicated workshop and immersive experience
• Uniquely designed daily practicum
• Lectures by Senior ACI Teachers
• Group Project

October 18 - November 30, 2019
• ACI 3 Homeworks and Quizzes
• Teacher Training 3 Homeworks and Quizzes
• Final Exams
• Private Mentor Meeting

October 18 - December 31, 2019 (Final Project)
• Organize an introductory ACI Public Talk
• Complete 1 one-hour public talk on an ACI topic from ACI 3
• Video record it and submit for course completion

*Schedule subject to change


  1. You must attend the Nagarjuna Teaching at Diamond Mountain, and register separately for that event.


    NOTE: The room type selected for Nagarjuna must be the SAME ROOM type for teacher training, except in the case where you want to CAMP or COMMUTE for the teacher training. Unfortunately, Diamond Mountain is unable to change over rooms between events since they are overlapping. We also will have people in the valley doing private retreat as well, so it will be a busy time.

  2. The additional cost for the extra five days at Diamond Mountain is ONLY for the cost of Diamond Mountain plus a production fee to Asian Classics Institute.

    CAMPING: $625USD
    • 4-Person Room: $750USD
    • 2-3 Person Room: $800USD
    • Private Room: $899USD
    • Private Cottage: $999USD

  3. *Volunteer Rate*

    If you stay at Diamond Mountain from October 18-26 (departure the 27th) and volunteer (6 hours a day for 6 days) at Diamond Mountain after the teacher training, the Teacher Training fee is will only be $200USD. This includes food during the 6 days of volunteering at Diamond Mountain (you’ll be required to cook for yourself!) and transportation on the 27th back to Tucson airport.

    We have 5 volunteer spots available for this amazing opportunity. You will also be able to maintain the housing choice as well that you have during the Nagarjuna retreat.

Path to ACI Teacher Accreditation


The full path to accreditation includes:

  1. Completion of Three (3) ACI Teacher Training In-Person Modules. This can be any three modules, in any order.

  2. Application for Accreditation (available in November 2019)

  3. Review by ACI Accreditation Board, which evaluates:

  • FULL completion of 3 In-Person Modules

  • Mastery of Content and Meditation Mastery

  • Success in presentation and production skills

  • Community Outreach Activities and Planning

  • Being a Living Example (ethical, financial, positive student and peer evaluations)

Those who receive accreditation will be featured on our website and first be asked to take part in our larger events as faculty members.

All Accredited Teachers will be asked to complete certain yearly requirements and evaluations. These will include in-person education opportunities (retreats, public talks etc), online modules and trainings, student evaluations, committee evaluations of teachings, Living Example measurements (ethics review, financial review) and demonstration of active community service.

Prior Teaching Experience & Accreditation

There are many great teachers who have studied and completed the ACI courses, and have been teaching all over the world for many years. It’s important to us that everyone, who solidly knows and has integrated this material in their lives and has become a Living Example, pass along this wisdom to the next generations. We also know that accreditation courses may not be a possibility or choice right now. Those who want to continue teaching privately may do so and should.

We will also be publishing and constantly updating the list of the people who have completed the ACI courses and have received certifications from us, so future students may research the qualifications of their personal teacher.