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Main Seats:

 Palyul Monastery

Bylakuppe, South India:
 Namdroling Monastery
 Tsogyal Shedrup Dargyeling Nunnery
 Ngagyur Nyingma Institute
 Samten Osel Ling, Three-year Retreat Center

Daily Routine

500 Rising time
500 to 700 Morning study
700 to 830 Breakfast time
830 to 1100 Morning class
1100 to 1300 Lunch Break
1300 to 1500 Afternoon Revision class
1500 to 1530 Evening Tea Break
1530 to 1630 Evening class
1630 to 1700 Recess
1700 to 1800 Debate class
1800 to 1930 Super time
1930 to 2130 Night study
2130 to 2230 Night Tea Break
2300 Bed time

On Saturday, the same time­table is followed until 830 hrs. But instead of morning classes, debate tests are conducted upto 1030 hrs. After that the students are free to go out until 2100 hrs when everyone should be back in the Institute compound. Sundays are full­day holidays and everyone is free upto 1930 hrs. At 1930 hrs, everyone must be present for the debates held in groups. On the weekends, the students run their errands or watch television provided by H.H. Penor Rinpoche as a part of holiday entertainment. Most of the students stay in the Institute cleaning their apartments and washing their robes.

Holidays and Vacation

Besides the holidays on the weekends, there are also a few one or two­day long recesses at different occasions. There is only one long vacation in the whole year and that is normally taken after the completion of the academic session. After completing the examinations, there are three days of picnic. The Institute remains closed after this and most of the students go home. Those who stay back can get food from the monastery and attend retreats conducted by H.H. Penor Rinpoche. H.H. Penor Rinpoche gives instruction on Preliminary Practices, Tsalung and Dzogchen during the retreats. The vacation starts from mid of eleventh Tibetan month which usually falls in January and ends at the beginning of the second month which roughly falls at the beginning of April.

Anniversaries & Festivals

Mani & Siddhi Dungdrub, one of the largest festivals and religious celebrations in the Namdröling Monastery is held in the first Tibetan month. However, the Institute remains closed at that time. The second biggest festival, Palyul Drubchoe, in the fourth Tibetan month, is conducted with a week?long sadhana practice, fire­puja, mask dances, etc. The entire Monastery, Institute and the primary school participate in it. The Anniversary of Mipham is the most grandly observed commemoration that the Institute arranges on its own. Huge magnificent religious cakes are made, the monastic hall is beautified in and out, large amounts of Tsog are distributed, discourses and debates are conducted by individual students before the public during the anniversary.

Bimonthly Sojongs (Purification Ceremony) are regularly conducted by the Institute. From the mid of sixth Tibetan month, the whole of the Institute observes Summer Retreat for one and a half months and conducts public discourses and debates at the end of the retreat. Almost every year, NNI holds Seminars on the selected Buddhist topics which are regarded as abstruse and complicated among all Tibetan Buddhist denominations. The Anniversary of Longchen Rabjampa is being held by the monastery in the twelfth Tibetan month but unfortunately the Institute remains closed at that time of the year.

May the victory banner of Ngagyur teachings rise and wave, And the drum of Dharma resound through all directions!
May the lions roar of reasoning reach all realms,
And the light of supreme virtue shine forever.

 -- Mipham


Ngagyur Nyingma Institute (Shedra)

  Establishment and Enactment


  Teaching staff, Administration, and Students

  Academic Curriculum


  Daily Routine and Schedule

  Entrance Procedures and Promotion

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