Ngagyur Palyul Choekhorling Institute
To accomplish the profound intention of His Holiness the Penor Rinpoche in establishing the Buddhist institute, His Eminence Sonam Tenzin Rinpoche established Ngagyur Palyul Choekhorling Institute in the year 1991, to conventionally sustain the aural and realized meaning of Buddha Doctrine and ultimately to uphold uncommon views and tenets of the four Omniscient Masters of the Ancient Sect of Tibetan Buddhism through analysing view, contemplating meaning and meditating on its essence. By doing so, primordial wisdom will be awakened in oneself and the tradition of Sutra and Tantra can be taught to others according to their faculties.
Right after its establishment, Khenpo Norgay, who is endowed with a vast ocean of qualities in religious discourse was invited from Namdroling to teach buddhist philosophy. Thus, he was the pioneer in teaching in this new institute. Subsequently, well learned, conscientious and noble Khenpos: Tsewang Sonam, Sangay Wangdue, Tadin Sithub and many others also taught the students graduating from class I to IX. The subjects of sutra, tantra and Tibetan sciences resembles an ocean of knowledge for a listener, crystalline mirrors for analysers, a stable ship for contemplators and gems of instructions for meditators. What is taught here is no different from Ngagyur Nyingma Institute. And it is a perfect place to enhance uncommon views and tenets of the Ancient School to maturation within short period of time.
2) Administration Board
Under superior direction of H. E Rigo Trulku Sonam Tenzin Rinpoche, it is comprisesed of Chairman, Vice-chairman, Secretary, Treasurer and Disciplinarian as board members. Other teachers also take part in conservation of the institute. Any disputes the administration board is responsible to resolve. In case of no decision, final judgment will be done with the consent from Rinpoche and monthly counsel should be given from Administration Board and teachers.
3) Conditions for Newcomers
a) i. Have to either possess novice vow or should have willingness to receive it.
ii. Should have intention to complete the study on finalized subjects.
iii.Should abide in institution rules and respect them. Upon the above three rules, one should fulfil the either criteria from the lower article b, c, d and e.
b) Should produce certificate of junior high school related to Tibetan subject.
c) Those coming from other monasteries should show recommendation letter from their previous monastery.
d) An enthusiastic candidate who does not fall under above article b and c should be examined by administration board.
e) Should have graduation certificate of Payul Choekhorling Lower Secondary School.
f) A Candidate who fulfils all the above conditions is permitted to write an entrance examination and give oral test, and then rectify the admission.
g) During one’s stay in Institute, one should render service according to self-capability on the command of Rinpoche, khenpos and teachers.
4) Conduct of Do’s and Don’t
a) One should always dress as mentioned in Vinaya.
b) Handling jewellery and indulgence in singing and dancing which is not in accord with ordained monk is prohibited.
c) Not allowed to seek leave unnecessarily during study and class hours, except for emergency case and it should be done with proper permission.
d) Have to bear punishment if the above rules are violated.
e) Respect seniors especially khenpos, teachers and monastic staff.
f) Not allowed to form any discriminating groups and sects.
7) Exposition, Debate and Composition
Annually, right after returning from vacation, students normally focus on inter-class disputation. But during Parinirvana occasion of Omniscient Longchenpa and Mipham Rinpoche, students rely on exposition, debate and composition on difficult points of Sutra and Tantra amidst crowd to graduate. During Summer Retreat (Varshika), to follow noble steps of great scholars, annual seminar is conducted where students explain Sutra and Tantra, dispute on Pramana by quotations and logics and composition on controversial issue of Sutra and Tantra. Poetry competition in praise and offering to Buddha, Padmasambhava, Six Ornaments and Two Supreme of India, Four Omniscient of Ancient Sect and many other realized beings is also organised. Prizes for those first three position holders from all categories are awarded by H.E. Rigo Tulku Rinpoche in the end of summer retreat.
8) Exam Reguator
A) Regulators will finalize the date of examination before one month.
B) Questions set up by scholars of other monasteries should be sent on time.
C) Question papers enclosed in envelop should be opened in gathering of regulators.
D) Leaked questions while xeroxing should be decided unanimously to change the entire questions.
E) Answer sheets should be sent to particular question setter and after reaching it back, should be opened in gathering of regulators
F) Results should be declared on 8th day of 2nd month in Tibetan calendar.
i) Exam for New Comers
Oral and written exam for new comers should be on 3rd day, 2nd month of Tibetan calendar regarding general topics, Orthography, Thirty Stanzas and Conjugation of Genders in Tibetan Grammar for three hours. Result will be declared on the same day as above.
ii) Monthly Test
Monthly test for lower classes. Questions will be set up by particular subject teacher and result will be declared in the class room.
iii) Annual Examination:
a) If caught copying, exam committee will penalize the candidate for whole year.
b) Only exception, rest not allowed to write exam if class attendance is less than 80%.
c) Not allowed to write exam if memorization of given root text isn’t completed.
d) In case of any violence to staff, examination will be dismissed.
e) Will terminate from institute if the student has not passed despite writing exam for three consecutive years.
f) Fulfilling all the above cause and conditions, self study will be given for twenty- three days w.e.f from 3rd/10th of Tibetan month and examination will start from 16th/10th of same month. Three days gap in between each exam will be given and writing time will be for three hours.
a) As per Rinpoches’decision, winter vacation will be given for two months after annual examination.
b) Have to report on given date after vacation and restart academic sessions.
c) if delayed on reporting and lacks specific reasons, one will be punished.
11) Results of Examination
a) Have to score 40% out of 100% in main subjects and 33% in minor subjects.
b) From the three passed divisions of result, student scoring above 60% is first division; above 50% is second division and rest third division.
Five considering points in one subject will be awarded to those who haven’t scored pass mark and below it, falls in detained category.
a) Higher Secondary School Certificate will be awarded after completion of four years study course in Lower Sutra of Tibetan Buddhism, Middle Way (Madhyamika) being the main focusing subject.
b) BA Degree certificate will be awarded after completion of two years study course in Higher Sutra, Prajnaparamita (transdental wisdom) being focusing subject.
c) MA Degree certificate will be awarded after completion of three years study course in Tantra and then servicing in monastery for three years after completing 9 years study.
iv) PhD (Doctorate in Tantric Philosophy) certificate will be awarded to those who possess quality of learned and noble and have studied a particular subject for three years.
v) After awarding certificate on Rinpoche’s decision, one has to work with dedication for the welfare of Buddhadharma and bear service for one’s own monastery by taking the following oath of allegiance:
Today, in gratitude for awarding certificate to me, I hence forth, with intention to support my monastery, will serve doctrine in general and uphold, nurture and propagate uncommon views and tenets of the Ancient One in particular. I will always stand firm in prevailing peace in the world by nullifying harm to others and will always show the path of peace as per my capacity. Beside, I will follow every command with rejoicing without self-centeredness and will never observe heretics or defame myself. Thus, I vow to do everything for the cause of goodness.
13) Service after Graduation
Within twenty-five years since the establishment of institute by His Eminence Sonam Tenzin Rinpoche, fifty four graduates have emerged. In the year 2008, six graduates were conferred PhD certificates and appointed as first batch Khenpos. Similarly four graduates were also appointed as khenpos in 2012.
As per the command of Trulku Rinpoche, Khenpos and Teachers have been working for the stability of institute, junior school and monastery. Some of them are selflessly teaching in Nepal, Bhutan, Sikkim,Tibet and abroad in America, Italy, Switzerland, Singapore and Malaysia along with local community.
Furthermore, they also attain teaching courses, science workshops and different seminars of four Tibetan schools together with Bon tradition.