We, Namgyal Tantric College, headed by our venerable abbot Tomthok Rinpoche, are submitting our project of Construction of Namgyal Monastery School.
This project was initiated personally by our Abbot in 2011 with the blessings and consent of His Holiness the Dalai Lama.
Over the years, we have been working on papers and documents needed from the State government and clearing the land issue. Now we are looking forward to begin our construction in two or three months, and expect it to take more than a year to complete. In order to accomplish this project we require your financial support, and we are aiming to raise approximately 262, 00,000 INR ($ 452,000 US).
Namgyal Tantric College, more commonly known as Namgyal Monastery, is the personal monastery of His Holiness the Dalai Lama. The monastery is a charitable organization registered in India under the Societies Registration Act XXI 1860. It has been working for young Tibetan monks in the hope of ensuring the survival of the unique Tibetan traditional Buddhist studies and practices. The monastery was founded by His Holiness the second Dalai Lama Gedun Gyatso (1440-1480) to assist him in carrying out his religious activities and to serve humanity.
In 1959, during the holocaust in Tibet, only a few monks of the Namgyal Monastery could follow His Holiness the Dalai Lama into exile. The Monastery was re-established with a few new young monks under the guidance of His Holiness the Dalai Lama, and the monastery was rebuilt near the present Dalai Lama’s residence in Dharamshala, India. Thus the Monastery’s ancient tradition of ritual dharma studies and activities were gradually revived.
At present, the Monastery has nearly two hundred monks. Of these the younger monks are engaged in the study of the major texts of Buddhist Sutra and Tantra, while at the same time pursuing modern studies. The Monastery provides free accommodation and food as well as education to all of the monks.
Aims and Objectives
The monks of Namgyal Monastery hold the great responsibility of serving His Holiness the Dalai Lama, not only with his religious activities, which benefit millions of people, but also with administration of his private office. At the present, a number of our monks are working at his administration office in various posts. We are sure to have or receive more responsibilities in future. Hence, it is one of our priority concerns to provide the necessary modern education for our younger monks.
Also, following the repeated kind advice of His Holiness, we are aiming to educate our monks with both contemporary and traditional education as two wings, in order to make them modern 21st-century monks. However, at the present, the Monastery has very limited classrooms and the number of students has increased to the extent where we face the shortage of class room as well as monks quarters. The Monastery also has very limited teachers. We urgently need to hire more professional teachers in both Tibetan and English, for whom we also need to arrange staff quarters. It is our earnest objective to nurture the future seeds of the Monastery for the perseverance of our unique traditional monastic education, and to provide modern education for the benefit of all the sentient beings.
And finally …
Namgyal Tantric College and its members are wholeheartedly dedicated to this great project. We are determined to give our best effort and are well prepared for any hardships and obstacles that we might confront in the process of this project. Yet, for all our sincerity and courage, we cannot do anything without proper financial support. Therefore, we are aiming to raise approximately 362, 00,000 INR ($552,000 US). We would be most grateful for all and any contributions that we receive. We would like to dedicate all the merits gained from your generosity for the happiness and peace of all sentient beings
How to make a contribution
Receipts will be issued for all donations received.
- Via Bank transfer:
- State Bank of India
- A/c Holder: Namgyal Tantric College
- A/c No: 10219816675
- Bank Code: 4250
- Swift Code: SBI NIN BB 676
Made payable to Namgyal Tantric College
Our Contact Details:
Namgyal Monastery Educational Development Committee
c/o Namgyal Monastery,
P.O. McLeod Ganj, Dharamshala,
Distt. Kangra, H.P – 176219
Phone: +91 – 92184 14777 / 92184 15777 / 92184 16777/ 1892-221492