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Our Mission

 

 

  • To promote spiritual education for Tibetan Buddhist nuns from the Himalayan regions through a comprehensive philosophical education program.

  • To train women to integrate the Dharma principles into their daily life and work.

  • To train nuns as spiritual leaders, teachers, community workers and mentors for others in remote Himalayan regions and elsewhere when feasible.

  • To provide health care, education and cultural enrichment for women in remote Himalayan villages.

  • To help young women fulfill their spiritual and intellectual potential.

  • To further intercultural understanding.

 

 

Education curriculum:

 

1st year: Preparatory studies:

Tibetan language and memorization of prayers

 

2nd year: Preliminary Buddhist philosophy and debate ('Collective Topics /Duetra' and 'Awareness and Knowledge / Lorig' )

 

3rd year: Preliminary Buddhist philosophy and debate

('Signs and Reasoning/Tarig' and philosophical tenets / Drubtha)

 

4th year:                  Perfection of Wisdom Sutras / Parchin 1

5th year:                  Perfection of Wisdom Sutras / Perching 2

6th year:                  Perfection of Wisdom Sutras / Parchin 3

7th year:                  Perfection of Wisdom Sutras / Parchin 4

8th year:                  Perfection of Wisdom Suras / Parchin 5

9th year:                  Perfection of Wisdom Sutras / Parchin6

10th year:                The Middle Way / Uma 1

11th year:                The Middle Way / Uma 2

12th year:                The Middle Way / Uma 3

13th year:                Metaphysics / Abhidharma 1

14th year:                Metaphysics / Abhidharma 2

15th year:                Monastic Discipline / Vinaya 1

16th year:                Monastic Discipline / Vinaya 2

17th year:                Dharmakirtis Pramanavartika

 

Daily life: 

5:30am:                       Wake up

6:00 - 7:00am:             Morning Prayer and meditation

7:00 - 7:30am:             Breakfast

7:30 - 10:30am:           Buddhist philosophy and Tibetan grammar classes

10:30 - 12:00 noon:     Debate

12:00 - 1:00pm:           Lunch

1:00 - 2:00pm:             Break

2:00 - 4:00pm:             English and Hindi classes

4:30 - 5:30pm:             Self study

5:50 - 6:00pm:             Dinner

6:00 - 7:00pm:             Tara prayers

7:00 - 9:00pm:             Evening debate

9:00 - 10:30pm:           Self study and prayer

11:00pm:                     Bed time

 

  

Weekly and yearly timetable:

Classes are held from Monday - Saturday and Sunday is a holiday, allowing the nuns to clean the Institute's campus, wash clothes and shop for their daily needs. Classes are held from March - July and August - January, and summer break is over the month of July and winter break in February. During these times nuns visit their family or do self study and practice at JCI.

 

Developments:

Jamyang Choling Institute currently has 103 students. In 2003 Jamyang Choling increased the number of students, admitting 22 new nuns and 3 lay students. In 2006 an additional 26 nuns and 4 lay students were admitted bringing the current total of nuns to 97 and lay students to 6. Great progress has been made in building living facilities and creating a suitable environment for the Institute. We are very grateful for the kind support received from Tibet Support Groups, individual donors and volunteers from around the world at the request of the Office of His Holiness the Dalai Lama. The basic facilities for our main Institute at Gharoh are almost complete.

 

 

Activities:

JCI nuns take full responsibility for day to management and planning of the Institute's future. The nuns have been participating in the annual nuns' debate every year since 1995. The 2005 debate took place at JCI (Gharoh) and 220 nuns attended, coming from 8 different nunneries from India and Nepal. This was a wonderful opportunity for nuns to share knowledge and wisdom, also to deepen our understanding of the Buddhist teachings. Some senior nuns are nearing the completion of their degree in Buddhist philosophy. The nuns have been undertaking primary health training and computer literacy training. Nuns also cook healthy vegetarian meals, participate in the daily prayers, and help out with the chores, such as gardening, cleaning and taking care of the cows.

 

 

 

ŠJamyang Choling Institute, Dharamsala, India.

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