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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.

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. 


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.

Short biography

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Dratsang Chenmo la elected (New Chant Master of Drepung Gomang Monastery)

(Left to Right=Geshe Kalsang Sherab (The Chief Administrator), new Chant Master Ven. Ngawang Lobsang (Lobsang Ngawang-Dratsang Chenmo la), His Eminence Khen Rinpoche Geshe Yonten Dhamchoe (Abbot), Geshe Gedun Phuntsok (The Discipline Head) and outgoing Chant Master Geshe Sonam Namgyal)

With Geshe Sonam Namgyal leaving this post of Chant Master, the monks of Drepung Gomang Monastery congregated at Prayer Hall Temple to elect new Chant Master.  Last evening (26th April, 2014), Ven. Ngawang Lobsang was elected as the new chant master of Drepung Gomang Monastery.

Ven. Ngawang Lobsang has visited Russia, France before as the monastery’s over see program as the chant master to led prayer ceremony with his unique multi-phonic chants/ overtone chants.

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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