Palyul Choekhorling Lower Secondary School
Generally, the fundamental element of ephemeral and perennial peace and prosperity in the world emerges as a result of Buddhadharma, which nowadays can be found primarily in the Tibetan language. In order to preserve, nurture and develop this precious culture, Ven. Rigo Tulku Rinpoche had established Palyul Choekhorling Monastic Primary School in the year 1968 for the Himalayan monks of India, Nepal, Bhutan and newcomers from Tibet. Since then, over one hundred monks receive food, lodging, medical treatment and material aide from Rigo Tulku Rinpoche and his monastery. Furthermore, basic Tibetan Grammar, writing, reading skills and ritual procedures along with English and monastic discourse are being taught in the school.
Despite the fatigue they faced, in the year 2004, Rinpoche and fellow teachers upgraded Palyul Choekhorling Monastic School, which is equivalent to modern day schools. Under this Administration, the following rules were implemented.
1) School Management Board
Under the righteous direction of H.E. Rigo Tulku Rinpoche, the board consists of a Principal, Vice Principal, Secretary and treasurer as main board members and other teachers assisting them.
2) Daily Subject Routine and Monastic School Rules
i) From 5:15 am to 6:30 am – memorizing spiritual text.
ii) 8:00 am to 10:00 am – prayers and reading skills.
iii) 10:30 am to 12.00 noon – third period.
iv) 1:30 pm to 3:00 pm – fourth period.
v) 3:30 pm to 4:30 pm – fifth period.
vi) 5:00 pm to 6:30 pm – sixth period.
vii) 7:30 pm to 9:00 pm – offer prayers.
viii) On Saturday from 8:00 am to 3:00 pm – prayers, 10:30 to 12:00 noon – social work and 1:30 pm to 3:00 pm – drawings, making of ritual cakes and white ornaments (butter used in painting offerings.)
ix) Should follow ordination laws.
x) One should cooperate with all students.
xi) Should respect teachers and seniors.
xii) Should undergo preliminary practices after completion of school and get admission to institute after completion of preliminary practices.
3) Rules for Newcomers
i) Newcomers should have a guardian.
ii) No admission for culprits who are evicted from other monasteries.
iii) Guardians are not allowed to take risk without probing the candidate and should be responsible for any inconvenience caused.
iv) Should take oath to value rules and not to bring any criticism from lay people.
v) Should vow not to go against staff of the monastery regardless of ranking.
vi) Newcomers and guardians should completely fill out the form.
vii) One should show a recommendation letter or certificate if coming from another monastery.
4) About Subjects
The table of subjects for all the classes are:
Moreover, the construction of Mandalas, exercising ritual and mudras, learning ritual instruments (blowing trumpet, beating drums and handling cymbals) and various modern subjects like science, geography, history and economics are also available.
5) Annual Schedule
a) Annual result declaration on 8th day, 2nd month of Tibetan lunar calendar.
b) Classes start on 9th day of 2nd month.
c) Monthly test for every class.
d) Performance of Vajrasattva Sadhana on 4th month of Tibetan calendar.
e) Mid-term exam before summer retreat.
f) During summer retreat, inter-class competition of drawing, crafting of ritual cakes and beautification of white ornaments is conducted.
g) Annual inter-house quiz contest.
h) Performance of annual religious ceremonies during the 9th month.
i) Annual examination.
6) Examination and Prize Distribution
a) Announcement and briefing on examination before one month.
b) Questions should be set up by particular subject teachers.
c) Regulators will check thoroughly upon entrance of examination hall.
d) If caught copying, one will be expelled from examination hall and also expelled for an entire year.
e) Evaluating exam results should be done in the gathering of all examiners.
f) The first three who obtain highest percentage from every class and overall position holder are awarded with prizes.
a) Detainers in the final year of junior school and those who left to other places without proper permission from Rinpoche and school faculties not permitted. Therefore conferring of certificate is disallowed.
b) Whether or not the students are well dedicated in monastic work and are benevolent, the school faculty will decide to reward certificate or not.
c) One should complete preliminary practices.
Though students have two months vacation after annual examinations, it is restricted before the first four years after being admitted into the monastery. During that time, tuition will be held by teachers.
9) Future Plan
We aspire to promote the level of education and morality in students’ lives according to the progress of modernization. Thus, resulting in producing a person who can selflessly work for the well-being of Buddhadharma and humanity.