The Monastic University at Present

 

Holy idols and stupas inside Drepung Gomang Prayer Hall temple.

 

As cited above about the kind supports rendered by Indian government, its young ones had been supported kindly by foreign trusts through the local Representative Office over years. It has been receiving kind foreign supports through Department of Religion & Culture (CTA) for those from Tibet, Mongolia and Russia. 

The long generous patrons of the monastery like Dakpo Bamchoe Choktrul Rinpoche, Itm and the others have been casting kind guidance and supports for the wellbeing of this monastic university.

Interior view of Drepung Gomang Prayer hall temple.

The monastery now has two prayer/congregation halls—new and old; 16 residential units and sub-residential units with their own prayer-halls; monastic school; library; communal hostels—1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th; administrative office building; 2 communal kitchens; communal dispensary clinic; aged monks home; new debate yard. As to experience the self-reliant way of funding the mass monks for their daily costs of living, it has two canteens; one shop; two guest houses; arts & crafts training center and its shop; a spacious internet café; dairy farm; Gomang Guest House in Delhi.  So it has more than 200 staffing personnel and workers.  

Group picture of monks in front of prayer hall temple.

Under the prospective guidance and patronage of His Holiness the Dalai Lama ‘Science Meets Dharma’ classes on modern educations, as primarily aimed to meet East and West minds on cultural and scientific grounds, has been carried out in the monastery over years. From the growing number of students from Gomang and Loseling, there are now not less than 20 students from Gomang side who work zealously besides the monastic studies. It has growing participating monks in a month long Science-Dharma Workshop that has been facilitated and convened annually by Private Office of His Holiness the Dalai Lama and Tibetan Institute Rikon, Switzerland.

It has produced around 200 Geshe Lharampa (holders of PhD in Buddhist science and thoughts) and 640 mid-rank Geshe since 1969. There were and are reputed scholars among them.  It has number of graduates embarked upon spiritual and social services around the world.  

For the future of the monastic studies it is decisive to follow the illuminated path shown by His Holiness the Dalai Lama to nurture both fields of traditional studies and relevant modern ones as to draw closer and optimize the right interface of mutual benefit, sharing and support.