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Kagyu College 
P.O. Kulhan
Sahastradhara Road,
Dehra Dun-248001
UA / India

Phone +91-135-6534515 
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Kagyu College - Curriculum and Degree Certificates


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The first four years

Main subjects:

  • Bodhisattvacharyavatara (Shantideva)
  • Jewel Ornament of Liberation (Gampopa)
  • Gongchig (“the same intention”, Jigten Sumgön)
  • Pramana (“logic or reasoning”). In the first and second year basic Pramana subjects from various masters are taught as an additional subject. In the third year Pramana is a main subject, the text taught is the Pramanavarttika (Dharmakirti).
  • Mulamadhyamakakarika (Nagarjuna)
  • Madhyamakavatara (Chandrakirti)
  • Catuhsataka (Aryadeva) and other works by Dharmakirti and by Bhavaviveka.

Additional subjects:

  • History of the Kagyu lineages and of the Drikung Kagyu lineage
  • English language
  • Tibetan grammar

At the end of the four years, the students will receive a certificate for the study of Madhyamika Philosophy. 

kc012The following three years

Main subjects:

  • Gongchig (“the same intention”, Jigten Sumgön)
  • Prajanapramita (“perfection of wisdom”): The five treatises of Maitreya (1. Abhisamayalamkara, 2. Mahaynasutralamkara, 3. Dharmadharmtavibhanga, 4. Madhyantavibhanga, 5. Anuttaratantrasastra)

Additional subjects:

  • Poetry
  • English
  • Tibetan grammar

At the end of the three years, students will be awarded the degree of Tencho or Shastri. 

The final two years

Main subjects:

  • Vinaya (“monastic codes of conduct”): Vinayasutra (Gunaprabha) and Pratimoksasutra
  • Sets of Tantric teachings: “The Three Cycles of Light-rays” ('od zer skor gsum) by Dakpo Tashi Namgyal

At the end of the two years, students will be awarded the degree of Lopon or Acharya. Postgraduate studies on the various branches of Buddhist philosophy will earn the title of Khenpo.


It is mandatory to take both biannual and annual examinations. If the particular student does not appear or fails at any of the two examinations, the concerned student has to repeat the same class.

To be eligible for the examinations one must not miss the main course lecture more than 12 times before the biannual and annual examination respectively, unless and until the concerned student has important official work or a serious health problem.

The Examination Board Committee (EBC) will notify the schedule of examination one month prior to the examination. The EBC has to ensure the examination questionnaire’s high confidentiality. In the event of leakage during printing, the EBC must produce a new questionnaire.

While entering the examination hall students are not allowed to carry any sorts of books or texts with them. If someone found guilty of doing some sort of malpractice than he/she may be expelled from the examination or will get 10 marks deducted from the particular subjects as a punishment.

Failing in two consecutive examinations will deprive one from continuing his studies in the Shedra.

Vacation Policy

There is a two months fixed summer vacation starting from 10th day of the 4th month of the Tibetan calendar until the 10th day of the 6th month. According to the western calendar the vacation is around May and June. Students have to arrive back on time after finishing the summer vacation.


Kagyu College - Admission

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kc009It is stated in the Buddha Dharma that life in the human form is very precious and rare. Therefore, in this precious life one must gain knowledge about good and bad deeds, thereby minimizing bad deeds and encouraging virtuous actions. In order to achieve this knowledge one must get acquainted by learning with the path of truth and equanimity.



  1. Whoever is interested to join the Shedra (college) must possess his own Chögo (upper robes) and Dingwa (mat meant for monks).
  2. Only after passing the entrance examination, monks can join the Shedra. Those student who have already fair knowledge of subjects can join the College at 3rd year level after passing entrance examination, based on the subject contents of the College’s 1st and 2nd year.
  3. If an applicant is non-ordained, he has to receive ordination with keen aspiration from a Vinaya Master.
  4. Entrance examinations must be conducted within a week after each summer vacation. If someone fails to appear at this entrance test, but has reached two months before the annual year examination, then he has to appear for the annual year examination, which is in lieu of the entrance test. In that case the concerned student does not have to appear for the entrance examination of the new session.
  5. Rules and regulations of the Institute must be respected and followed intently.
  6. Monks who are seeking admission from Drikung Kagyu Institute Jangchubling Monastery are required to present a certificate of having completed all the eight levels of the Primary and Secondary studies.
  7. Monks from other monasteries should bear a letter of introduction and no due letter from the head of their concerned monastery. If the concerned applicant doesn’t have the above documents for admission, then the administration will study the cases and consider the actual situation accordingly.
  8. Applicants from Drikung Kagyu Samtenling Nunnery are not required to appear for entrance examination but they have to present the character certificate and must be in the age group of 15 to 25.


Once admitted, a monk should diligently perform any duties assigned by the monastery’s administration and Gekko (disciplinarian).

Kagyu College - Faculty


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Buddha’s teachings as contained in the Sutras and Tantras are pure and perfect like ambrosia and they are more precious than the most precious jewels. The supreme expounders of all Buddhist teachings and philosophy are the highly accomplished Siddhas, Acharyas and the Mahapanditas of Nalanda, one of the most ancient Buddhist universities in Aryabumi – the land of Noble beings.

At the request of the Khenpos and teachers, Khenchen Konchok Gyaltsen Rinpoche has graciously agreed to guide and instruct the students. Khenchen Rinpoche is a highly respected, fully acquainted scholar and meditation master. He has studied and practiced the Dharma at a profound level, and we feel very fortunate to have his guidance.

Advisors of the College

  • His Holiness Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang Rinpoche
  • Khenchen Konchok Gyaltsen Rinpoche


  • Khenpo Konchok Rangdol (Principal)
  • Khenpo Nyima Gyaltsen
  • Khenpo Konchok Chökyab
  • Khenpo Konchok Urgyen
  • Khenpo Konchok Mönlam
  • Kyorpön Tashi Dorje
  • Kyorpön Konchok Gyaltsen
  • Kyorpön Konchok Chödrup
  • Kyorpön Konchok Rangdol
  • Lopön Döndrup Namgyal
  • Lopön Konchok Tseten
  • Mrs. Asha Mazumdar (Volunteer faculty for English language – from locality)
  • Tenzin Tsephel (Secretary cum Accountant)
  • Lopön Konchok Tenzin (Gekko – Disciplinarian of Kagyu College)
  • Konchok Döndrup (Store Incharge cum purchaser of College)
  • Konchok Tsewang (Incharge of College vehicle)

Kagyu College also has a Literary Committee. Members of the Kagyu College Literary Committee are khenpos and some students. Every year the Literary Committee publishes two magazines and other important books. The aim of the magazine is to improve the students’ literary style. The Literary Committee collects poems from staff and students as well as from anyone outside of the College. Anyone living outside of India can send poems to the Kagyu College Literary Committee for consideration.

Kagyu College - History

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kc004In 1986, His Holiness Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang established Jangchubling, the Drikung Kagyu Institute, in Dehra Dun. Since its inception the Institute has been functioning as a successful center for learning. The subjects taught at the Institute cover the whole range of Buddhist teachings and the number of monk students has been increasing steadily. However, due to the lack of a separate monastery for the practice of monastic liturgies and rituals as well as to the increasing demands by lay people for performances of prayer, the monk-students faced some inconveniences in their philosophical studies.

Considering this, the concerned Khenpos and teachers formed a committee in the beginning of the year 2002, and sought the view of His Holiness Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang regarding their plan to establish a separate school, where the comprehensive study of Buddhist Philosophy would be available. His Holiness readily approved and named it Kagyu College. 

The College was built on a beautiful and peaceful stretch of land near Songtsen Library and was inaugurated in 2005.

Kagyu College

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kc001Advanced studies in Buddhist Philosophy are a necessary foundation for the preservation and spread of the vast and profound Buddha Dharma for the benefit of all sentient beings.

Kagyu College was established in order to preserve an unbroken lineage of teachings. It is an institute of traditional higher Buddhist philosophical and scriptural study. Emphasis is put on training a sufficient number of qualified monks to serve future generations.

Kagyu College applicants are selected from among Drikung Kagyu monasteries and Tibetan settlements in India, Nepal, Bhutan and Tibet on the basis of intelligence, educational background, character, and commitment to serve as future teachers and monastic leaders.

In the College (Sherdra) all interested monk students are able to study the various branches of Buddhist philosophy. For the best and most systematic education in Buddhist teachings, the College provides the students with all necessary study materials, including several very rare and scarce scriptures. From time to time the College invites learned scholars to participate in organized debates and seminars on the Dharma. The complete course of study in the College takes nine years.

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