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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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Gonpo Bumtsog: One hundred thousand offerings to Six Armed Mahakala.

The Six Armed Mahakala-Gonpo Chagdug is the official deity of Drepung Gomang Monastery. Second week of Oct 2014, monks of the monastery gathers at Prayer Hall Temple to offer special Guru Puja (bhumtsok) dedicating it to all the Buddhas, invoking for their blessings to usher - peace and harmony in the world.

This year Gonpo Bumtsok prayers was funded by kind Chinese donors and their families through Kevin Liu. Monastery sincerely thank you all for this offering.May the merit of these offerings benefits you all.

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The Drepung Gomang Institute is named Louisville “Peacemaker of the Year”

IPP Executive Director Terry Taylor said, “Our friends at the Drepung Gomang Institute have reached out with spiritual peacemaking in every direction—to people of all religions, and to those who practice no religion. Over the last few years their efforts have included hosting an interfaith Passover Seder that drew people from all of the major religions; peace marches and vigils aimed at bringing peace to the streets of Louisville; and the creation of a beautiful “sand mandala” which was offered as a visual prayer for peace in Iraq, Syria, the Ukraine and Israel and Gaza. Perhaps most significant, however, was DGI’s effort (involving the entire Louisville community) in bring the Dalai Lama to the city in May of 2013.” 

Interfaith Paths to Peace is a Louisville-based organization that works to make the city, the nation and the world more peaceful by offering scores of programs each year aimed at increasing interfaith understanding. In fact, IPP offers more day-to-day interfaith events and activities than any other group in the Louisville area, and perhaps the entire nation.  www.paths2peace.org 

 

Teachings on the Great Exposition of Tenets (Drub tha chenmo)

Teachings on the Great Exposition of Tenets (Drub tha chenmo: 'Jam dbyangs bzhad pa's Grub mtha' chen mo texts)  by learned scholar Geshe Yonten Gyatso at Drepung Gomang Prayer Hall temple from 12th August, 2014.

One of the core scriptural syllabus of the monastery was written by Great Kunkhen Jamyang Shepa. The learned Scholar Geshe Lharampa Yonten Gyatso will be giving the teaching of sacred great texts of Great Kunkhen Jamyang Shepa (1648-1721) at Drepung Gomang Prayer Hall Temple from 12th Aug, 2014.

Teaching time:       Morning 8 am to 11  am
                               Noon 2  pm to 5 pm

Venue:                   Drepung Gomang Prayer Hall Temple (new)

Born in Amdo Bura (Tibet), a learned scholar and scripture teacher of Drepung Gomang Monastery, Geshe Yonten Gyatso who upon request from then Abbot Geshe Kalsang Thabkey came to India in 1995 to teach the monk students and later on stayed back here at the monastery to teach upon the request from numerous students. Well known and respected for his scholastic knowledge, Geshe la was invited to various dharma centers and institutions around the world where he has given religious teachings on various Buddhist subjects. Last year, Geshe la provided oral transmission of Great Text of Kunkhen Jamyang Shepa at Drepung Gomang Monastery’s Prayer Hall Temple.

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Ngag-a special curriculum

Monks of this monastery after obtaining Geshe title are required to pursue three year mandatory Ngag class. Drepung Gomang Monastery is the only monastic institution that carries this sort of three year Ngag (Tantra) curriculum. From 21st March-23rd, Ngag doeling, an extensive debate/deliberation on Tantra was conducted at our prayer Hall temple attended by Khen Rinpoche Geshe Yonten Dhamchoe (Abbot), Drepung Tripa Khensur Rinpoche Lobsang Tenpa (Current throne holder of Drepung Monastic University), the scripture/texts teachers, Geshes of the monastery.

The Annual Ngag Examination is from 2nd April.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 (Left: Ngag deliberation at Drepung Gomang Prayer Hall temple. Right : Drepung Tripa Khensur Rinpoche Lobsang Tenpa and Drepung Gomang Dratsang Khen Rinpoche Geshe Yonten Dhamchoe)

 

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GESHE DHAMCHA CEREMONIES

The title ‘Geshe’ began around the time of Great Atisha, and was translated as ‘Master’. The tradition of the Geshe Damcha ceremonies dated back before the time of 5th Dalai Lama. Geshe in Gelug monasteries are mainly categorize into three different title, Lharampa, Khabchu and Dhoram. Geshe Lharampa is the highest level of Geshe, equivalent to Ph.D and is awarded to those who have completed 6 years of Gelug Examination (Gelug Gyuktoe: The highest exam of Gelug ) in addition to the 16 year of monastic course of study. Khabchu and Dhoram are awarded by the Abbot of the monastery after a monk has finished the 16 year monastic curriculum, depending on various things such as how many years the monk has sat for Gelug Exam and also for monastic class that he took. The new Khabchu and Dhoram Geshe names are announced in the debate session or prayer session, followed by monks visiting the new Geshes with ceremonial Khatak (Tibetan Scarves) and small gift as token of congratulation.

These days Geshe Damcha ceremony for Kabchu and Dhoram is going on here at the prayer hall. It is a customary exhibitory debate session at the Prayer Hall temple for the new Khabchu and Dhoram Geshes, symbolically showcasing that the new Geshes has graduated from the curriculum set by the monastery. That will be followed by Geshe Tongor in coming days, the offering of food, tea and little funds to the monks of the monastery and also to khangtsen members thanking all for the continual support for the academic achievement.

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