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Drepung Gomang School

Drepung Gomang School is administered by Dre-Gomang Buddhist cultural Association (DGBCA). More than 200 monk students from age 7-18 study here modern education like English, mathematic, science other than traditional religious studies. The classes are from 1st grade to VIIIth grade.

Drepung Gomang School

School Assembly (left)  English class (right)

 

English class (left) Tibetan history class(right)

Calligraphy Class

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SUMMER CAMPS FOR STUDENTS FROM CAMPS

The school every year also organize SUMMER CAMPS for the children of the camps during the summer vacation. They are taught Tibetan calligraphy, grammar, literature, history and basic religious studies.


Summer camp 2012


Khen Rinpoche presenting prize to the students.

 
Chief administrator Geshe Samten Gyaso giving talks to the young students.


Classes during Summer Camps.

Young teacher checking the books of the students.                         Religious talks.

For any information/donation/gifts please do send it directly to this address:

Secretary
Dre-Gomang Buddhist Cultural Association,
Lama camp no. 2,
P.O. Tibetan Colony-581411,
Dist. Uttar Kannada.
Karnataka State.
INDIA.

 

Monastery Curriculum


Debate courtyard of Drepung Gomang Monastery constructed in 2007.

Drepung Gomang is a Tibetan Buddhist monastery established in the Gelug tradtion, founded by Je Tsong Khapa (1357-1419).

The Gelug tradition lays special emphasis on the place of ethics, as expressed through monastic discipline, as the ideal basis for religious education and practice.  In addition, the Gelug tradition regards sound scholarship as a prerequisite for constructive meditation; hence, the teachings of both sutra and tantra are subject to rigorous analysis through the medium of dialectical debate.

Drepung Gomang College is renowned among all the Gelug Monasteries (Ganden, Sera, and Drepung) for its emphasis on and expertise in the field of  logic and debate.

In general, the curriculum of study in a Gelug monastery covers the five major topics plus Collected Topics (Parchen) which is preliminary to the syllabus proper.    The major topics are:

THE FIVE PRINCIPAL TREATISE UNDER THE MONASTIC ACADEMIC COURSE

In Tibetan

Sanskrit

Englsh

Tsel Ma Namdrel

Pramana Vartikka

Commentaries of logic

   Pharchin

Prajnaparamita

Perfection of Wisdom

Uma

Madhyamika

Avoidance of Extremes/middle way

Dulva

Vinaya

Canons of Monastic disciplin

Zoe

Abhidharmakosh

Treasure house of knowledge

These five courses are studied meticulously by the dialectical method using Indian texts as well as Indian and Tibetan commentaries to them for a period of sixteen years.  After completing these five course, a monk can pursue further studies appearing on Gelug Examination, a Standard examination for all three Gelug monasteries (Gaden, Sera and Drepung).  Upon successfully passing this exam, the monk is awarded of the degree of Geshe (Doctorate of Buddhist Philosophy : Geshe Lharampa, Master of Buddhist Philosophy: Geshe Dorampa, Bachelor of Buddhist Philosophy: Geshe Rabjampa).  Soon aftering getting this title, the Geshe will also undertake one year mandatory course either at one of two tantric college. viz., Gyumed Tantric college or Gyotoe Tantric College.

 

FACULTY COURSE 

S.L

COURSE

SUBJECT

COURSE DURATION

1

Du chung

Elementary Philosophy 1st year

one year

2

Du chen

Elementary Philosophy 2nd year

one year

3

Tarig

Commentaries of Logic Ist year

one year

4

Lorig

Commentaries of Logic 2nd year

one year

5

Don Dochoe

Perfection of Wisdom 1st year

one year

6

Shung wog

Perfection of Wisdom 2nd year

one year

7

Shung gong

Perfection of Wisdom  3rd year

one year

8

Kyab 1st

Perfection of Wisdom 4th year

one year

9

Saem Sog (new class introduced in 2008)

Perfection of Wisdom extra year

one year

10

Kyab 4th

Perfection of Widsom final year

one year

11

Uma sarwa

Avoidance of Extremes Ist year

one year

12

Uma Nyingpa

Avoidance of Extremes 2nd year

one year

13

Zoe

Treasure of Knowledge

one year

14

Karam Wog

Preparatory class for Gelug Gyutoe (Gelug University examination)

one year

15

Karam sarwa

Preparatory class for Gelug Gyutoe (Gelug University examination)

one year

16

Karam Bog

Preparatory class for Gelug Gyutoe (Gelug University examination)

one year

  

If he wishes, upon completing his degree,  the Geshe may join one of the tantric colleges (Gyumey and Gyuto) to study the tantras and thereby complete his formal studies; or he may return to his local monastery to teach, or retire into seclusion to engage in intensive meditation.  A monk who has completed a Geshe's training is respected as being a fully qualified and authoritative spiritual master worthy of devotion and esteem.

Young monks begin their studies around the age of six.  They attend 8 years of classes in the standard subjects of reading, writing, mathematics, science, and history.  In addition, they begin preliminary studies of scripture and philosophy as soon as they learn to read and write.

The Monastic Annual Religious Programs

The monastery holds 8 annual periods of debate session: 1) First Spring Session lasts for 15 days (from 3rd of second month of Tibetan almanac till 17th of third month); 2) Greater Spring Session lasts for 30 days (from 3rd of third month till 3rd of forth month; 3) First Summer Session lasts for 20 days (from 16th of forth month till 6th of fifth) 4) Greater Summer Session lasts for 30 days (from 16th of fifth month till 16th of sixth month); 5) Greater Autumn Session lasts for 30 days (from 3rd of eighth month till 3rd of ninth month) 6) Sakar Session lasts for 20 days (16th of ninth month till 6th of tenth month) 7) Ngachoe Session lasts for 15 days (16 of tenth month till 1st of eleventh month) 8) Greater Winter Session lasts for 30 days (from 16th of eleventh month till 16th of twelfth month).

Jamshug Tsenphu (an overnight mass debate congregation on the initial part of The Perfection of Wisdom concerning The Life Lord Maiteria) on 18th of eleventh month of Tibetan almanac; Namdral Tsenphu (an overnight mass debate congregation on Pranama) in the twelfth month; Kyap Shepai Tsenphu (an overnight mass debate congregation on the forth chapter of The Perfection of Wisdom) on 18th of third month; Umei Jugtsul Tsenphu (an overnight mass debate congregation on the initial part of Madhiamaka) on 9th of eighth month; Umei Thaldog Tsenphu (an overnight mass debate congregation on the concerning chapter of Madhiamaka about Prasangika School’s counter polemical critique against especially Cittamatra or The Mind Only School’s misconceptions) on 29th of eighth month.

About the participation in twos from the concerned class in debate presentation during the mass prayer congregations covers the varied core parts of the monastic curriculums: Vinaya; Abidharma; Madhiamaka (the concept of self-negation); Madhiamaka (the grounded polemical logic that proves the invalidity of self-experiencing consciousness); on Abisamayalngkara (The Perfection of Wisdom) the subjects range as on Choekhor (The Turning of The Wheel of Dharma), Gedun Nyishu (the 20 Sangha grades), Semkei (Bodhichitta), Dhangnei (The right interpretation), Kapshipa (the forth chapter of The Perfection of Wisdom).

The significant anniversaries are as: Anniversary of Kunkhen Rinpoche; Anniversary of Buddha’s Birth, Enlightenment and Parinirvana; Anniversary of Buddha’s First Teaching; Umei Dhusang (Graduation Day of the outgoing students of Madhiamaka class); Anniversary of Buddha’s Decent from Tushita Heaven; Anniversary of Jhe Tsongkha Pa; Pharchen Dhamcha (the days long graduating debate participations by the outgoing students of The Perfection of Wisdom class); Garing Gathung Damcha (the days long mass debate congregations participated by the graduating students/Geshe of the year); Pharchen Thug Chora (the days long interclass mass debate congregations participated by the students of The Perfection of Wisdom classes).

About the scope of the monastic examination the matters range as: Memorization Test, Debate Test, Writing Test of Buddhist philosophy, Religious History, Tibetan Grammar and Poetry. The ones who fare excellent in their examinations are presented with prizes during a prayer congregation and those who fail have to remain in the same class as to qualify even further in his past year studies.

The recess periods between 8 annual periods of debate session as cited above are for memorizing and reciting scriptural texts of one’s concerned studying subjects and also for attending teaching classes.

The Monastic Philosophical Classes

How a Monk Professes in Buddhist Science 

In Tibet Drepung Gomang Monastic University held 22 standards as to qualify and graduate the monastic studies in sequence of the scopes of studies to be professed. They are as: 4 grades for Dhuda (The Collected Topics); 1 for Takrig (Science of Reasoning); 1 for Lorig (Science of Logic); 1 for Dhondunchu (the preliminary grade as to anticipate the upcoming years long studies of Perfection of Wisdom by going through its concise version in advance); 4 for Parchen (Perfection of Wisdom); 2 for Uma (Middle View Philosophy); 2 for Zoe (Treasure of Konowledge) 1 for Lagyud (to mainly study Lamrim, the version especially composed for practicing Buddha Dharma in systematic mode rather than broad exploring and analytical studies); 6 for Dhulwa (Monastic Discipline—the first two or three years were for restudying Parchen and Uma as to impart the running students of the particular Buddhist courses with their guidance through debate and strengthen their own intellectual inputs too; the following years were for studying Dhulwathat lasted even more as in accordance with one’s need, intention or zeal).  

Tests on Buddhist Philosophy, Tibetan grammar, history, poetry.



Test of debating skill (Annual Examination)

 

Thuk choera (inter class debate congregation)


Young monks practice debate at debate courtyard.

 

At present the monastery holds almost the same classes, especially for those who work hard for higher rank of Geshe Lharampa. The monastery has been producing growing numbers of Geshe Lharampa.

As the exhortation goes on: Equipped with the grounded base of learning and contemplation, do move into practice accordingly. 

So, those standards of the monastery as cited above are for upholding the treasure-insights of Five Buddhist Sciences and Buddha Dharma at large. And so the purpose of establishing this monastic university is strictly for upholding, sustaining and honing the vast Buddha’s Teachings.

As for the 8 annual periods of debate session each class has its share of sectioned part of the studies of the year to be completed within the timeframe of a single period of debate session.

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