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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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Dratsang Gyuktoe Chenmo: The annual Monastic Examination 28th Oct

The monastery annual Examination starts from 28th October-1st Nov. The memorization test has been conducted before the Gaie holiday. The written test on Buddhist Philosophy, history, Tibetan Grammar and poetry/composition will be conducted beside the debating skill test. The curriculum of monastic studies is of sixteen years.

http://www.drepunggomang.org/curriculum

Gelug Gyuktoe Chenmo from 30th Aug 2014.

At Loseling Prayer Hall templeWhen monk pursuing religious studies at the monastery reaches class 15th and 16th of monastic curriculum, they can enroll themselves for further studies to pursue Geshe Lharampa examination. This is the highest examination conducted by Gelug Board once a year which is held by rotation either at one of three great seats of learning i.e., Gaden, Drepung and Sera.  Monks from these three monastic colleges enrolled in this course which is of six years. After the completion of the sixth year, monk will be honored with Geshe Lharampa title which is equivalent to doctorate of Philosophy in Western University. 121 monks from Drepung Gomang Monastery, overall total 375 monks from Gaden, Sera and Drepung Monasitc colleges are taking part in this great examination from 30th August 2014.

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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Long Term Payday Loans – Are these Better than Short-Term Loans?

The demand for payday loans is still on rise and thousands of applications reach the lending companies for sanctioning of the loans every week. People are looking for the short-term loans as an alternative to the credit cards and conventional bank loans. However, there are still millions of individuals looking for long-term credit methods.