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Drikung Kagyu Institute (Jangchubling)

P.O. Kulhan
Sahastradhara Rd
Dehra Dun 248001
U.A. India

Contact Person:  Bhuchung Bhukar (Secretary/Accountant)
Phone: 0091-135-2607853, 2607310
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Festivals and Holidays

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There is a three day holiday for the Himalayan Region New Year and the Tibetan New Year. The Himalayan Region New Year (Sonam Losar) is commonly known as Ladakhi New Year or Farmer’s New Year. People in Ladakh, Sikkim and other Himalayan regions celebrate it on the first day of the eleventh Tibetan month. The New Year festivals are especially looked forward to by the little monks. Sometimes special games are planned for the young monks and prizes given to the winners. 

His Holiness the Dalai Lama's birthday and the birthdays of His Holiness Drikung Kyabgön Chetsang and Chungtsang Rinpoches are celebrated with prayers in the morning at Jangchubling Temple and it is a holiday for everyone. 

On the first day of the New Year lunch is served to all members of DKI branches and to guests. There are song and dance performances by children from neighboring schools and sometimes the monks also recite or sing religious songs. 

Summer holiday is the same for all monks and nuns. As the young monks from Nepal come from remote areas near the Tibetan border they do not go home for several years because it is so far and costly so many of them remain at Jangchubling throughout the summer. 

"It is wonderful to see the beneficial changes after the arrival of the new monks at Jangchubling from remote areas. They gain weight, they learn to keep themselves and their robes clean and tidy and they get educated," states a volunteer at DK Institute.

Medical Fund

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All staff members, monks and nuns of Drikung Kagyu Jangchubling Monastery, Samtenling Nunnery, Kagyu College and Songtsen Library pay Rs. 500.00 per annum towards the Medical Fund. Their medical costs are fully met by this fund. All other members including the students pay Rs. 300.00 per month and they too receive full medical benefits.  Health Talks and Environmental Conservation talks are also held for the monks and nuns. The senior monk Konchog Wangchug, a Health Worker, is on the staff to look after the monks and nuns health needs. Ms. Sangye Chödon is the matron for the small monks.

Donations towards this fund are most welcome, as they will benefit many sick persons as well as the donors themselves. The donations can be sent to the Medical Fund, D.K. Institute. For details please visit our section Your Support.

Staff and Officers

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The monastery is headed by H. E. Gyabra Tritsab Rinpoche and Lopön Chönyi from Ladakh, who is also the Secretary and Treasurer of Drikung Kagyu Institute (DKI). The Disciplinarian Master, the Steward and the Chant-master are elected on a three year term. The Cashier and the Lopön are chosen by the head of Drikung Kagyu, His Holiness the Drikung Kyabgön Chetsang.

There is a total of 28 staff members at Jangchubling. At present there are 14 monks and 14 male and female lay teachers. The monastic staff members receive an allowance, and not a salary.

Special Prayers

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At Jangchubling Monastery the chapel of the Drikung protector deity, Achi Chökyi Dolma, is open for the public and invocation prayers take place in the mornings and evenings by the caretaker of the chapel. On the 9th, 19th and the 29th days of the Tibetan lunar calendar, special Achi invocation prayers take place.

Every year Chakrasamvara Invocation Prayers with the construction of the Mandala of the deity are held lasting twelve days. After the Tibetan New Year there is an invocation of Zambala and Achi, which take a couple of days. In addition the anniversaries of the passing of Milarepa, Marpa and Kyobpa Jigten Sumgön are remembered with prayers and thousands of butter lamps lit in the evenings, while the entire monastery is lit up with small electric bulbs.  

Junior School

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The Drikung Kagyu Institute offers Junior School education for young monks, mostly aged between 8 and 17 years. They are taught Buddhist Teachings, Tibetan, English, social studies, science, biology and mathematics. They can stay up to the 8th grade. For their religious education, the young monks are taught through reading and memorizing a wide range of prayer texts.

At present there are 7 classes and the 8th class is to be added at a later date. Upon graduation from class 8, the monks will have a choice to attend the Higher School, like Kagyu College or join the Monastery at Jangchubling. 

There are ten teachers in Junior School and the Headmaster is Mr. Tselo. The monks get up at 5:00 AM and attend the Morning Prayers with the senior monks at the main hall of the Monastery. Time for meals, tea and the classes are the same as for the monastery monks. 

At present there are 86 young monks at this school. These monks come from the Himalayan regions of India, Nepal, Mongolia and few are from Tibet. They are sent to the monastery by their families, who are followers of the Drikung Kagyu School of Tibetan Buddhism.

Monastic Education

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dki008Approximately 200 monks from Tibet, Mongolia, Nepal and Ladakh, India, live at the Drikung Kagyu Jangchubling Monastery. The young monks undergo monastic education. Activities for these monks start at 5:00 AM. From 6:00 to 7:00 AM they attend the Morning Prayer Session with the younger monks from the Jangchubling Junior School.

They have classes from 8.30 AM to 5:00 PM with a lunch breake from 12:00 noon to 2:00 PM. The subjects they study are Buddhist teachings, chanting, gur (religious songs), rituals, religious music instruments, torma making (offerings), sand mandalas and building of chörten (stupas). 

From 5:00 to 6:00 PM they have time for recreation. Most of the monks like to play cricket and football. They enjoy their sports and many of the monks watch and cheer the teams.  

Dinner is served at 6:00 PM and there are also fifteen minute tea breaks in the mornings and afternoons. The Evening Prayers for all of the monks at the main temple of Jangchubling Monastery follow from 6:30 to 7:30 PM. 7:30 to 9:00 PM is their study period and 10.00 PM the lights are turned out for a good night's sleep. 

Sunday mornings there is class and the afternoons are set aside for cleaning inside and outside of the monastery. On Mondays it is a holiday and the older monks go to town or to Sahastradhara to bathe in the river or to wash their blankets in summer.

There is a longer summer holiday for two months and most of the monks who have relatives or homes elsewhere take leave to join their family and friends. Generally about 50 to 60 monks remain at Jangchubling.

In November H. H. Kyabgön Chetsang Rinpoche gives Teachings that last for several days. This teaching is called the Annual Winter Teachings, a teaching held in Tibet in the past. The monks of Jangchubling participate together with the students of Kagyu College, the nuns of Samtenling and many outside participants. Occasionally the Senior Abbot of the Drikung Kagyu, Khenchen Konchog Gyaltsen and Senior Teachers give teachings to all the monks and nuns as well as lay persons at Jangchubling.

Drikung Kagyu Institute - History

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In 1984 His Holiness Drikung Chetsang Rinpoche acquired a piece of land outside the city of Dehra Dun, India, to establish a monastery and an education center. The education center was given the same name as the non-profit umbrella organization, the Drikung Kagyu Institute, and the monastery was named after the first Drikung Kagyu monastery in Drikung Thil, Tibet: Jangchubling. The consecration ceremony for the land was performed in February, 1985 by His Holiness Chetsang Rinpoche, H.E. Gyalpo Rinpoche, H.E. Ontul Rinpoche, Drubpön Sönam Jorphel and Lama Tsulwang. Shortly thereafter His Holiness Chungtsang Rinpoche, who had the opportunity of his first travel outside of Tibet, came and blessed the land as well. Jangchubling Monastery was completed in the course of five years. 

The great ceremonial inauguration of Jangchubling Monastery and its affiliated education center, the Drikung Kagyu Institute (DKI), took place in November 1992. His Holiness Chungtsang Rinpoche again obtained permission to travel outside of China for the second time to attend the inauguration, and His Holiness the Dalai Lama performed the actual opening ritual during a magnificent ceremony. As an auspicious coincidence the year before, the oldest class of students of the DKI had completed their basic course of study, and were ready to attend a school for higher Buddhist studies. Following the inauguration, the Monkey Year Teachings were held under the guidance of both the Chungtsang and Chetsang Rinpoches.

Drikung Kagyu Institute - Jangchubling Monastery

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dki001Jangchubling Monastery is the central institute of the Seat in Exile of the Drikung Kagyu Order of Tibetan Buddhism. It is located in the foothills of the Himalayas, outside Dehra Dun, in the northeast of India. Jangchubling is a Monastery and an education center which emphasizes both traditional monastic education and present-day training to meet contemporary needs.

The Birth of Buddha
Buddha's Renunciation
In Search of Truth
Turning the Wheel of Dharma
Buddha's Parinirvana
Buddha's Teachings

The Four Noble Truth
Dharma Practice

What is the Mind?
Loving Kindness and Compassion

What is Vajrayana?
Why Practice Vajrayana?
Authentic Vajrayana
Levels of Vajrayana
Attachment and Vajrayana
What to Meditate On
Sitting in Meditation
Preparing for Meditation
The Meditation Session
A Meditation Schedule

The Kagyu Lineage
Meaning of Hung Symbol
Meaning of Drikung
Life Story of Achi
The Three Protectors