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Inaugural of New E-Portal of Drepung Gomang Library and 'Kunkhyen Sungbum' text book release

 

On 10th Jan, 2016 morning, His Eminence Drepung Tripa Khensur Rinpoche Geshe Lobsang Tenpa released sacred 'Kunkhyen Sungbum' text book which was printed by Drepung Gomang Library with generous donation from Ama Sandra la.

Also at this auspicious occasion, new E-Portal of Drepung Gomang Library was inaugurated by His Eminence Khen Rinpoche Geshe Lobsang Gyaltsen at big congregation held at Drepung Gomang Prayer Hall temple in the presence of His Eminence Drepung Tripa Khensur Rinpoche Geshe Lobsang Tenpa, His Eminence Khensur Geshe Yonten Dhamchoe and Ama Sandra la. This E-portal is free and accessible to everyone who is interested. Please visit website www.gomanglibrary.com

‘Kunkhyen Sungbum’ texts in book format, i.e., commentaries of great Scholar Kunkhyen Jamyang Sheypa which is one of the main core syllabus of this monastery’s curriculum.

Enthronement Ceremony of 80th Abbot/Khen Rinpoche of Drepung Gomang Monastery

On 25th October, the new abbot H. E. Geshe Lobsang Gyaltsen took charge of the monastery after the grand enthronement ceremony. As tradition followed, former Abbot handed over the seal to the new abbot, followed by the offering of khatak at Drepung Gomang Prayer Hall temple by the monks of the monastery.

Offering of Mendel by Representative, member of Assembly, monastery's administrator, khangtsen representatives, representative from Abbot's native village, representative from other monasteries, village/camps as well as Tahsildar also took part in the next day i.e. 26th Enthronement ceremony followed by luncheon ceremony.

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80th Abbot of Drepung Gomang Monastery: Geshe Lharampa Lobsang Gyaltsen

 

The Abbot (Khen Rinpoche) holds the highest rank in the monastery officially appointed by His Holiness the Dalai Lama after the final selection of prospective candidates by the prominent election committee members is submitted. He maintains the overall responsibilities of the monastic welfare both spiritually and internal issues.

Geshe Lharampa Lobsang Gyaltsan, born in Wakha, Ladakh in 1966 was appointed by His Holiness the Dalai Lama as the 80th Abbot of Great Monastery, Drepung Gomang Monastery. At age of 11, He joined Likir Monastery, Ladakh and studied there for three years. In 1978, he also received his Getsul vows (novice ordination vows) from Kushok Bakula Rinpoche. In order to study further in Buddhist Philosophy, he joined Drepung Gomang Monastery in south India in 1979 and pursue traditional monastic studies of Five Major Treatise of Buddhist Philosophy under Venerable Khensur Geshe Lobsang Samten and Venerable Khensur Geshe Tsultrim Phuntsok, since 1992, he has been sincerely providing teachings to young monks and is one of the reputed Buddhist teacher of this monastery. In 1999, he was awarded with Geshe Lharampa Title after achieving first rank and passing the six year Gelug Board Examination conducted by the Gelug University Board. In 2002, he was elected as the Head Discipline Master (Gegu) of this monastery. In 2003, he studied at Gyumed Tantric College to complete one year mandatory course in Tantric. In 2004, for three years, he served as the Supervisor of Gelug University Examination Board.


The official Enthronement ceremony will be held on the auspicious day of 25th October 2015 (13th day of Ninth month of Tibetan Lunar Year 2142) as per the traditional monastic customs practiced in Tibet.

 

Foundation laying ceremony of Debate Hall Project

On morning of 28th Sept, foundation laying ceremony for Debate hall project was held at Drepung Gomang monastery. The ceremony was attended by Abbots, discipline master, chant masters, elders/ Senior monks/buxa monks, lamas/tulkus, administrative staff, Geshes, representatives of 16 khangtsens and construction contractor Mr. Ngodup Tsering la,


Consecration ceremony was conducted with hymns led by Chant Masters, followed by putting the foundation stones/boulder in the open pit by H.E. Khen Rinpoche, all the monks offering khataks to the holy photo of Buddha Shakyamuni.

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HEP B PROJECT


First shot of Hepatitis vaccination for Drepung Gomang monks was administered today on 19th April, 2015. The monastery sincerely extends advance thank you to Kevin Liu and all donors, Dr. Subhuti for the support on this project. Funds or donation are still needed for the continuity of this project. So Kindly donate to this project. You can find wire transfer details by clicking this link

Hep B screening was organized here for the monks of Drepung Gomang Monastery from 8th-10th April with help from Settlement Hospital. About 1095 monks came forward to screen for Hep B. In coming week, first immunization shots will be given to monks whose result has come out negative after screening. Any funds/donations for this Hep B immunization program is very much welcome. Please contact us directly for any contribution or donations. Thank You so much for the kind donation.

 

His Holiness the Dalai Lama visited Drepung Gomang Prayer Hall Temple 29th Dec 2014.

His Holiness the Dalai Lama visited Drepung Gomang Monastery's Prayer Hall Temple on 29th Dec afternoon, blessing the monks, senior monks and benefactors of the monastery who gathered at the Prayer Hall Temple.

At Drepung Gomang His Holiness was presented with a written report that he looked over. He noted that of the 62 original Gomang monks who came down from Buxa, now only 26 remain. He explained:

His Holiness the Dalai Lama speaking during his visit to Drepung Gomang Monastery in Mundgod, Karnataka, India on December 29, 2014.

“Due to the upheaval in Tibet in 1959 many Gomang scholars were imprisoned by the Chinese. Among the refugees who arrived in India, the Indian government was at first only prepared to support 500 monks. We persuaded them to increase that figure to 1500, so the camp that was set up in Buxa, in Assam, came to house 1300 monks, most of them Gelugpas with some Sakyas. At a low point in Gomang’s fortunes the Himalayan people rallied to their support, followed after some time by an influx of monks from Amdo and later still by Mongolians. This is a monastery following the Nalanda tradition based on the use of reason and logic. The main thrust of the texts we study is the investigation of the mind, something that today also attracts the interest of scientists.

“Since last year, I have had discussions with Ganden Tri Rinpoche, Sharpa and Jangtse Chöjeys and the Abbots about what we can do to improve things here. We talked again over lunch today. We need to improve our study and extend ourselves to better serving the people. I’d like to encourage all of you to join in and discuss these things amongst yourselves too.”

Appeal for donation for debate courtyard project

Debate courtyard/hall in a monastery is an important place where monk students study all the five major monastic classes through critical debate. With logical reasoning as the governing rule, students practice the art of debate by questioning one another. This method of monastic debate is considered one of the best means of gaining a profound understanding by establishing the realities of things. As such, debate courtyard/hall is one of the most important places of learning for the monk students of major Tibetan monasteries. It is an integral part of a Tibetan monk’s training, and is an effective means of expanding the mind, increasing mental sharpness, developing analytical capacity, and gaining internal clarity.

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