Dzongsar Khyentse Chökyi Lödrö Institute, Chauntra, India
Dzongsar Institute continues the academic heritage of Dzongsar Khamje Shedra, a famed centre of nonsectarian learning near Derge in Eastern Tibet, now part of Sichuen China.
While the original institute is beginning to flourish again, the Indian institute has continued the legacy, largely due to Head Abbot Khenpo Kunga Wangchuk (1921-2008), who was one of the most learned scholars of Tibetan Buddhism. The Institute began to outgrow its previous structure in the Bir settlement in Himachal Pradesh in the late 1990s and Khenpo Kunga Wangchuk made plans to move to a new location. The present Institute, situated in nearby Chauntra, is a magnificent edifice of Buddhist learning. The Institute was inaugurated by many lamas and dignitaries, including His Holiness the Dalai Lama in 2004. It was formally consecrated by HH Sakya Trizin in 2006.
The Institute is administered by Khenpo Kunga Wangchuk until his passing in 2008. Khenpo Jamyang Lösel is the new abbot, together with a faculty of ten khenpos. The student body is composed of over 500 monks from various locales and monasteries, representing all schools of Tibetan Buddhism. The curriculum encompasses a complete theoretical education in Buddhist Philosophy over nine years of study (for a Shastri degree) or eleven years of study (for an Archarya degree). Graduates may pursue further studies and responsibilities and become teachers or khenpos. Many Dzongsar graduates are now teaching the teachers of tomorrow, ensuring that the lineage of the Buddha remains unbroken.
The primary language of instruction in Tibetan. The Institute also runs an intensive English language program, sponsored by Khyentse Foundation, for students in level 10 upward, to fulfill Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche's vision of a more worldly-wise set of teachers who can travel and teach across many physical and cultural divides. Khyentse Foundation also sponsors the basic operating needs of the Institute.Dzongsar Khyentse Chökyi Lodrö Institute
P.O. Chauntra Distt. Mandi – 175032
Website [Chinese language]: www.chokyilodro.org