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 Palyul Monastery

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

Eligibility of new candidates

The new candidates must have the following requirements in order to join the NNI as residential students:

    This is a monastic institute therefore, all its residential members are monks or nuns.
    The candidate must already be a celibate monk or nun or must be willing to get ordained as a monk or nun after joining the Institute.
    The candidate must desire and aim to undertake the complete course and graduate from the Institute.
    The candidate must be able to follow the entire regulations and routines of the Institute.
    The candidate must be willing to carry out mandatory assignments imposed by the Faculty and its members.
NOTE: Fluent Tibetan is required for entrance into courses.

Entrance Procedures

The application for admission addressed to the Faculty of the Institute must reach the chief disciplinarian at least two weeks before the scheduled entrance examinations. The application must clearly state the pledge to abide by above conditions and must contain a list of studies already completed. Along with the applications are needed:

i) School certificate testifying that one has studied at least up to VIIIth class if one comes from a school.
ii) A letter of recommendation from the head of the monastery/Institute/center if one is coming from such a place.
iii) Those who are not included in the two above groups must submit their curriculum vitae with the application for consideration by the Faculty.

Candidates complying with the above facts are allowed to sit for both the written and oral tests. Admittance to the Institute depends primarily on the performance in the entrance examinations and partly upon previous records and behavior. The questions put in the entrance examinations are basically on primary Buddhist teachings, History of Buddhism and Tibetan grammar. This is a Tibetan Medium Institute and the knowledge of written and spoken Tibetan language is very important. If the student passes the entrance examinations he must then get registered by filling out the admission form. The form can be obtained from the office or from the disciplinarian.

General Discipline

Every member of the Institute must wear clothes and robes that conform to the rules of the monks. Any garment that does not comply with the rules laid down in the Vinaya scriptures are prohibited. Unscrupulous activities and entertainments unbecoming to a monk are strictly prohibited in the Institute. The students are not allowed to take leave during class and study hours. (In unavoidable cases, proper permission must be obtained.) Respect and obedience to the senior students, teaching staff and Khenpos are very important. The student must also be loyal to the disciplinarians and obey their commands and admonitions. No students are allowed to arouse regional, ethnic or sectarian discriminations or form any such groups. There is a set of rules adopted in accordance with the prevailing time and circumstances. Everyone joining this Institute is expected to live up to it and undertake the chastisement duly in case of infringements.

Examination and Promotion

Bimonthly examinations are conducted for first and second year students but other students need to take only the Annual Examination at the end of the academic year. The Board of Examiners, which is made up of two chief examiners, other Khenpos and appointed supervisors from outside, arrange and supervise the examinations. All the texts studied in the year's syllabus are grouped into five papers and each carries the total mark of a hundred. The question papers are set and correction of answers done by renowned scholars who live and teach outside NNI. This is done in order to maintain the high academic standard of the Institute and eschew any form of discriminatory acts and corruption.

The results of the annual examination are announced within fifteen days before the new session. H.H. Penor Rinpoche always presides over the result day­ceremony bestowing prizes to those who passed with distinction. Students must pass all of the five papers to get promoted to the next grade. The pass mark to be obtained in case of major subjects is forty and that of minor subjects thirty-three. Those who pass and rank above three hundred marks are grouped under the first division, above two hundred fifty under second division and those below two hundred fifty are termed as third division.

Requirements for Examination

Students are required to fulfill the following conditions in order to qualify to sit for the Annual Examination: The student must, except in some special cases, attend not less than eighty percent of the lessons taught to his class in an academic year. The student must cover all the subjects on which the examinations for him are conducted. If he fails to attend all of his lessons, he must seek private tuition from a tutor recognized by the Institute. The student must submit the complete memorization test within the period of time proposed by the Faculty. Memorization test is the recitation of twenty-five pages or more of root texts by the student before a teacher or Khenpo. If the student is found guilty of dishonesty and mischievous acts done deliberately against the rules of the examination, he shall be forbidden to sit for the rest of the papers. If the student has committed any serious misdemeanor and disobedience during the academic year, the Faculty shall consider its gravity and could thus restrict the student from appearing for the examinations. If the student fails his examination of a certain grade for three consecutive years, he shall not be allowed to appear for the examinations.

All students of NNI must sign the following Oath of Allegiance:

Oath of Allegiance

On this day, I________________________seek to thank and reaffirm my gratitude to H.H.Penor Rinpoche,Ngagyur Nyingma Institute (Shedra), and its members for the honorable degree and all privileges that I have been conferred. Herewith, I pledge solemnly to remain myself an industrious member of the Institute and to work towards its noble goal, namely to uphold and propagate Buddhism in general and the unique teachings of the supreme Ngagyur Tradition in particular.

As long as I live, I shall abide myself and guide others to abide in the sacred path of non­violence and altruism which are the pillars of World Peace. Above all, I shall remain perpetually indebted and grateful to the Institute from where I acquired my education. I offer my promise to follow the mandate of the Institute with loyalty and diligence and to eschew any from of disrespect, dishonor and disservice so as to promulgate the prestige and reputation of the Institute.


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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