THE TRAINING

Khenchen Thrangu Rinpoche in the Main Shrine Hall
The older monks take turns yearly learning different jobs in the monastery, such as Discipline Master, Shrine Keepers, monastery management, taking care of the young monks, teaching the other monks and even tasks such as cooking, cleaning and driving. The monks also chant special prayers as requested and often go to private homes to do pujas for the deceased, for new homes, etc.

Those who show capacity and have the desire, will take full ordination (gelong) and study in the shedra (monastic college) and do the traditional three-year retreat to train to be a lama.

There are many monks under the age of eighteen and most of these boys are from rural areas of Nepal, particularly the mountain areas bordering Tibet. Some come from Tibet, India and Bhutan. Most of the monks from Nepal would have little chance of having the kind of training and education that they receive at the monastery or any education at all. From an early age they learn to develop the good habits and discipline that will serve them and others throughout their lives.

To date, the monastery has produced twenty-two fully trained lamas and seven qualified Khenpos who are now teaching in the shedras at Namo Buddha and in Sarnath.

Dr. Gyawali, Homeopathic Doctor in the medical clinic with a monk helper

 

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