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==Ngagyur Nyingma Institute==
 
==Ngagyur Nyingma Institute==
The establishment of the Ngagyur Nyingma Institute (Higher Buddhist Studies and Research Centre) is one project of which Penor Rinpoche can be particularly proud. Officially opened in 1978, it currently houses over three hundred monks who are studying the buddhist sutras and tantras in depth, and each year students of outstanding scholarship and wisdom graduate after completing their nine-year course. The quality of training they receive is extremely high and those graduates who are selected to become [[khenpo]]s are then sent to teach in different monasteries and centres.
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The establishment of the Ngagyur Nyingma Institute (Higher Buddhist Studies and Research Centre) is one project of which Penor Rinpoche can be particularly proud of. Officially opened in 1978, it currently houses over three hundred monks who are studying the buddhist sutras and tantras in depth, and each year students of outstanding scholarship and wisdom graduate after completing their nine-year course. The quality of training they receive is extremely high and those graduates who are selected to become [[khenpo]]s are then sent to teach in different monasteries and centres.
  
 
The faculty of the Institute includes [[Khenpo Pema Sherab|Khen Rinpoche Pema Sherab]], [[Khenpo Namdrol|Khen Rinpoche Namdrol]], Khen Rinpoche Tsewang Gyatso, and a team of newly appointed khenpos. They all work tirelessly, with a pure motivation and no thought for fame or material gain, to keep the lamp of Dharma burning. Khenpos of outstanding wisdom and realization, like Dzogchen [[Khenpo Tsöndrü]], [[Khenpo Dazer]], [[Khenpo Rinchen]], Khenpo Rigdzin, and Khenpo Tseten have helped enormously to shape the Institute into its present form. [[Khenpo Jigphun Rinpoche]] and [[Nyoshul Khen Rinpoche]] have been among the 'visiting professors', and the Institute has been greatly enriched by their precious presence and their enlightening teachings.
 
The faculty of the Institute includes [[Khenpo Pema Sherab|Khen Rinpoche Pema Sherab]], [[Khenpo Namdrol|Khen Rinpoche Namdrol]], Khen Rinpoche Tsewang Gyatso, and a team of newly appointed khenpos. They all work tirelessly, with a pure motivation and no thought for fame or material gain, to keep the lamp of Dharma burning. Khenpos of outstanding wisdom and realization, like Dzogchen [[Khenpo Tsöndrü]], [[Khenpo Dazer]], [[Khenpo Rinchen]], Khenpo Rigdzin, and Khenpo Tseten have helped enormously to shape the Institute into its present form. [[Khenpo Jigphun Rinpoche]] and [[Nyoshul Khen Rinpoche]] have been among the 'visiting professors', and the Institute has been greatly enriched by their precious presence and their enlightening teachings.
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===Nine-Year Shedra Course===
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Here is a list of the texts studied during the nine-year [[shedra]] course at Namdroling.<ref>Source: [http://www.palyul.org/eng_shed04_academic.htm Namdroling Academic Curriculum]</ref> They form the basis of Nyingma scholarship in the [[Palyul]] tradition. It is also the basis on which the [[Rigpa Shedra]]'s curriculum is designed.
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====Lower Sutra Course—1st year====
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Major subjects:
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*''[[Ascertainment of the Three Types of Vows]]'' by [[Ngari Panchen Pema Wangyal]], with the Annotated Commentary called the ''[[Awareness Holders’ Entrance]]'', by [[Khenpo Yönga]]
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*''[[Introduction to the Bodhisattva’s Way of Life]]'' by [[Shantideva]], with ''[[Annotated Commentary on the Bodhicharyavatara]]'' by [[Khenpo Shenga]]
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Minor subjects:
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*''[[Thirty verses]]'' by [[Thönmi Sambhota]] on Tibetan grammar, with the commentary ''[[Mirror of Jewels]]'' by [[Khenpo Tsöndrü]], or the ''[[Miraculous Key]]'' by [[Gyalsé Shenpen Tayé]]
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*''[[Stanzas for a Novice Monk]]'' by [[Nagarjuna]], with the commentary ''[[Garland of Jewels]]'' by [[Mipham Rinpoche]]
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*''[[Praise to the Exalted One]]'' by [[Udbhaṭasidhasvāmin]], with the ''[[Extensive Explanation of the Praise to the Exalted One]]'' by [[Prajñāvarman]]
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*''[[Science of Argumentation]]'' by [[Khenpo Tsondru]]
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*The ''[[Nyingma School of Tibetan Buddhism]]'' by [[Dudjom Rinpoche]]
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====Lower Sutra Course—2nd year====
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Major subjects:
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*The ''[[Ornament of the Middle Way]]'' by Acharya [[Shantarakshita]], with the commentary ''[[Words to Delight My Teacher Manjughosha]]'' by [[Mipham Rinpoche]]
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*''[[Khenjuk|Entrance to the Way of the Wise]]'' by Mipham Rinpoche
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Minor subjects:
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*''A [[Summary of the Wish-Fulfilling Treasury’s Chapter on Tenet Systems]]'' by Mipham Rinpoche
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*Tibetan grammar, ''The [[Application of Gender Signs]]'' by Thönmi Sambhota, with the commentary ''[[Mirror of Jewels]]'' by [[Khenpo Tsondru]], or the ''[[Miraculous Key]]'' by [[Gyalsé Shenpen Tayé]]
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*''[[History of the Nyingma school]]'' by Dudjom Rinpoche
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====Lower Sutra Course—3rd year====
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Major subjects:
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*''[[Introduction to the Middle Way]]'' by [[Chandrakirti ]], with his ''[[Auto-commentary on the Introduction to the Middle Way]]''
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*''[[Mulamadhyamaka-karika|The Root Verses on the Wisdom of the Middle Way]]''  by [[Nagarjuna]], with the  ''Annotated Commentary'' by [[Khenpo Shenga]]
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*''[[Four Hundred Verses]]'' by [[Aryadeva]], with the ''Annotated Commentary'' by [[Khenpo Shenga]]
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Minor subjects:
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* A text on [[Pramana]] by [[Dignaga]]
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*''[[Sword of Wisdom for Thoroughly Ascertaining Reality]]'' by [[Mipham Rinpoche]]
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*''[[The Mirror of Poetics|Kāvyādarśa]]'' (1st half of the middle chapter) by Daṇḍin, with the commentary by [[Mipham Rinpoche]]
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*''History of the Nyingma school'' by Dudjom Rinpoche
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===Lower Sutra Course—4th year===
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Major subjects:
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*''[[Treasury of Abhidharma]]'' by [[Vasubandhu]], with the commentary ''[[A Necklace of Jewels Delighting the Intelligent]]'' by [[Mipham Rinpoche]] or the ''Annotated Commentary'' by [[Khenpo Shenga]]
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*''[[Commentary on Valid Cognition]]'', 2nd chapter, by [[Dharmakirti]], with the commentary ''The [[Treasury of Eloquent Explanations]]'' by [[Mipham Rinpoche]]
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Minor subjects:
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*''[[Pratimoksha Sutra]]'' by [[Shakyamuni Buddha]], with the ''Annotated Commentary'' by [[Khenpo Shenga]]
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*The commentary on the 9th chapter of the ''Bodhicharyavatara'' called ''The [[Ketaka Gem]]'', by Mipham Rinpoche
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*''Biographies of the Palyul throne-holders'', by Lama Jampel Zangpo
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*''[[The Mirror of Poetics|Kāvyādarśa]]'' (2nd half of the middle chapter) by [[Dandin]], with the commentary by [[Mipham Rinpoche]]
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*''[[History of the Nyingma school]]'' by Dudjom Rinpoche
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====Higher Sutra Course—5th year====
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Major subjects:
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*''[[Uttaratantra Shastra|Treatise on the Sublime Continuum]]'' by [[Maitreya]], with the commentary by [[Khenpo Shenga]]
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*''[[The Lion's Roar: A Commentary on Sugatagarbha]]'' by [[Mipham Rinpoche]]
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*''[[The Ornament of the Mahayana Sutras]]'' by [[Maitreya]], with the commentary ''The [[Feast of Ambrosia of the Great Vehicle]]'' by [[Mipham Rinpoche]]
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*''[[Commentary on Valid Cognition]]'', 1st chapter, by [[Dharmakirti]], with the commentary ''The [[Treasury of Eloquent Explanations]]'' by [[Mipham Rinpoche]]
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Minor subjects:
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*''The [[Beacon of Certainty]]'', by [[Mipham Rinpoche]], with the commentary by [[Khenpo Kunpal]] or [[Troshul Jamdor]]
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*''[[History of the Nyingma school]]'' by [[Dudjom Rinpoche]]
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====Higher sutra Course—6th year====
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Major subjects:
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*''[[Abhisamayalankara|The Ornament of Clear Realization]]'', with the commentary ''[[Sphutartha|Clear Meaning]]'' by Haribhadra and the commentary ''[[Overview of the Ornament of Clear Realization]]'' by [[Patrul Rinpoche]]
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*''[[Commentary on Valid Cognition]]'', 3rd chapter, by [[Dharmakirti]], with the commentary ''The [[Treasury of Eloquent Explanations]]'' by [[Mipham Rinpoche]]
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Minor subjects:
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*''[[Distinguishing the Middle from Extremes]]'' by [[Maitreya]], with commentary by [[Mipham Rinpoche]] and [[Khenpo Shenga]]
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*''[[Distinguishing Dharma and Dharmata]]'' by [[Maitreya]], with commentary by [[Mipham Rinpoche]] and [[Khenpo Shenga]]
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*''[[History of the Nyingma school]]'' by [[Dudjom Rinpoche]]
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====Tantra Course—7th year====
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*''[[Vinayasutra]]'' by [[Gunaprabha]] (first half) with the ''Annotated Commentary''  by [[Khenpo Shenga]]
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*''[[Commentary on Valid Cognition]]'', 4th chapter, by [[Dharmakirti]], with the commentary ''The [[Treasury of Eloquent Explanations]]'' by [[Mipham Rinpoche]]
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*''[[Yönten Dzö|The Treasury of Precious Qualities]]''<ref>Only the 10th chapter on vajrayana is explained, for the sutra and the great perfection sections, only the transmission is given</ref>, with the commentary by [[Khenpo Yönga]]
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*''[[Essence of Clear Light]]'', an overview of the Guhyagarbha Tantra, by [[Mipham Rinpoche]]
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*''Commentary on the [[Düpa Do]]'' by [[Khenpo Nüden]]
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====Tantra Course—8th year====
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*''[[Vinayasutra]]'' by [[Gunaprabha]] (second half) with ''Annotated Commentary''  by [[Khenpo Shenga]]
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*''[[Establishing Appearances as Divine]]'' by [[Rongzom Chökyi Zangpo]]
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*''[[The Garland of Views: An Instruction]]'' by [[Padmasambhava]]
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*''The [[Wish-Fulfilling Treasury]]''<ref>Only the vajrayana section is explained</ref> by [[Longchenpa]], with Longchenpa's auto-commentary ''White Lotus'' or the ''Annotated Commentary'' by [[Khenpo Shenga]]
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*''[[Key to the Precious Treasury]]'', A Brief Overview of the Glorious [[Guhyagarbha Tantra|Essence of Secrets Tantra]] by [[Dodrupchen Jikme Tenpe Nyima]]
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====Tantra Course—9th year====
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*''[[Finding Comfort and Ease in the Nature of Mind]]'' by [[Longchenpa]], with Longchenpa's auto-commentary
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*''[[General Explanation of the Kagyé]]'' called ''the Heart of Accomplishment'' by Mipham Rinpoche
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*''[[Staircase to Akanishtha]]'' by [[Jikme Lingpa]]
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*''[[Key Points for Meditating on the Four Stakes That Bind the Life-Force]]'' by [[Patrul Rinpoche]]
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*''[[Trilogy of Natural Freedom]]'' by Longchenpa
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==Notes==
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==External Links==
 
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Revision as of 15:58, 21 August 2016

Namdroling Monastery (Wyl. rnam grol gling) was established by His Holiness Pema Norbu Rinpoche shortly after he came to India from Tibet. It is a few hours from Bangalore and Mysore, in Karnataka state, South India.

The huge investment of time and energy made by Penor Rinpoche to build his monastery has borne abundant fruit. Today, Namdroling Monastery is a thriving community and home to over one thousand lamas, monks and nuns, making it the largest Nyingmapa teaching centre in the world. Among those who have studied, or are studying, at the monastery, are all the major lineage holding tulkus and lamas of the Palyul tradition, including the fifth Karma Kuchen Rinpoche, the third Choktrul Rinpoche and the third Rago Choktrul. Their spiritual training is directed and guided by Penor Rinpoche himself.

Namdroling Monastery in Bylakuppe also has a retreat centre, opened in 1985, where thirty monks undergo an intensive three-year retreat. Penor Rinpoche personally instructed them in the Dzogchen Longchen Nyingtik cycle.

Every autumn, according to the tradition of the Palyul Monastery, Penor Rinpoche gave instructions on ngöndro, tsa-lung and Dzogchen from the Namchö cycle of Tertön Mingyur Dorje. This one month retreat is attended by students from the Institute, monks from the monastery and lay people. It was Penor Rinpoche's dream, that students would be able to combine in-depth, intensive study with practice, and now the monastery offers the perfect setting in which to do this.

Ngagyur Nyingma Institute

The establishment of the Ngagyur Nyingma Institute (Higher Buddhist Studies and Research Centre) is one project of which Penor Rinpoche can be particularly proud of. Officially opened in 1978, it currently houses over three hundred monks who are studying the buddhist sutras and tantras in depth, and each year students of outstanding scholarship and wisdom graduate after completing their nine-year course. The quality of training they receive is extremely high and those graduates who are selected to become khenpos are then sent to teach in different monasteries and centres.

The faculty of the Institute includes Khen Rinpoche Pema Sherab, Khen Rinpoche Namdrol, Khen Rinpoche Tsewang Gyatso, and a team of newly appointed khenpos. They all work tirelessly, with a pure motivation and no thought for fame or material gain, to keep the lamp of Dharma burning. Khenpos of outstanding wisdom and realization, like Dzogchen Khenpo Tsöndrü, Khenpo Dazer, Khenpo Rinchen, Khenpo Rigdzin, and Khenpo Tseten have helped enormously to shape the Institute into its present form. Khenpo Jigphun Rinpoche and Nyoshul Khen Rinpoche have been among the 'visiting professors', and the Institute has been greatly enriched by their precious presence and their enlightening teachings.

Nine-Year Shedra Course

Here is a list of the texts studied during the nine-year shedra course at Namdroling.[1] They form the basis of Nyingma scholarship in the Palyul tradition. It is also the basis on which the Rigpa Shedra's curriculum is designed.

Lower Sutra Course—1st year

Major subjects:

Minor subjects:

Lower Sutra Course—2nd year

Major subjects:

Minor subjects:

Lower Sutra Course—3rd year

Major subjects:

Minor subjects:

Lower Sutra Course—4th year

Major subjects:

Minor subjects:

Higher Sutra Course—5th year

Major subjects:

Minor subjects:

Higher sutra Course—6th year

Major subjects:

Minor subjects:

Tantra Course—7th year

Tantra Course—8th year

Tantra Course—9th year

Notes

  1. Source: Namdroling Academic Curriculum
  2. Only the 10th chapter on vajrayana is explained, for the sutra and the great perfection sections, only the transmission is given
  3. Only the vajrayana section is explained

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