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.