༄༅། གདན་ས་བཀྲ་ཤིས་ལྷུན་པོ།

Tashi Lhunpo Monastery



TASHI LHUNPO MONASTIC SCHOOL was established in 1985 in a very informal setting with 20 students. In 1990 with financial support from UK Trust of Tashi Lhunpo Monastery, the school in its present form came into being. Today it is a full-fledged school with very good facilities that include airy and well lighted classrooms; a library in the center of the school; a computer lab; staff room and offices; and a play ground –  all in easy access. Currently, it houses 160 students from class I to VIII. It has qualified and experienced teachers mixed with robust young teachers full of enthusiasm. The school campus is aesthetic and pleasing to the eye  with all kinds of flowers and plants swaying in the breeze. In August 2021, the school received accreditation from the National Institute of Open Schooling.


Academic subjects are prioritized given the vision of the school. Key academic subjects are Tibetan, English, Mathematics and science. At the same time, computer education and creative subjects along with developing reading habit and taking care of their health are interspersed along with the key academic subjects in the weekly time table. The grid on subject-wise period allotment per week will reveal this structure:

The Subject-wise period allotment per week:



Time Period
8:45 am – 9:00 am Assembly
9:00 am – 9:50 am 1st Period
9:50 am – 10:40 am 2nd period
10:40 am – 11.00 am Break
11:00 am – 11.50 pm 3rd Period
11.50 pm – 1:30 pm Lunch
1:30 pm – 2:20 pm 4th Period
2:20 pm – 3:10 pm 5th Period
3.10 pm – 3.30 pm Break
3.30 pm – 4.30 pm (for Classes IV to V) Lorig Class


Time Period
8:45 am – 9:00 am Assembly
9:00 am – 9:50 am 1st Period
9:50 am – 10:40 am 2nd Period
10:40 am – 11.00 am Break
11:00 am – 12.00 pm Co-curricular Activities
12.00 pm – 1:30 pm Lunch


First Semester

29th April, 2019 (Monday) Meeting with Teachers
1st May,2019 (Wednesday) Start of 1st Semester
8th to 12th September,2019 1st Semester Exams.
13th September, 19 (Fri) Result Preparation Day
14th to 18th Sept., 19 Study Break for Class IV – VIII
19th to 22nd Sept. 19 Monastery Exams for Class IV -VIII
23rd September,2019 Classes to resume for Semester 2
27th September – 27th October, 2019 Summer Holiday

Second Semester

28th of October, 2019 (Monday) Start of 2nd Semester
28th to 29th of October, 2019 (Mon-Tues) Teachers’ meeting and preparation
30th October, 2019 (Wednesday) Classes to start
17th Feb. to 17th March, 2020 Winter Holiday
18th March, 2020 (Wednesday) Classes to begin
15th to 20 April, 2020 2nd Semester Exams
21st April to 23rd of April,2020 Result Preparation and Submission
APRIL 26, 2020 (Sunday) Result Declaration Day
APRIL 27,2020 (Monday) Educational Excursion
APRIL 28,2020 (Tuesday) School Picnic Day
APRIL 29,2020 (Wednesday) Campus Cleaning Day
APRIL 30, 2020 (Thursday) Meeting with teachers
1st MAY, 2020 (Friday) Start of 1st Semester


Monday co-curricular activities are setup to provide a wider space for the students to explore their latent talents and skills. The activities are choice based. Teachers with certain individual skills are requested to be in charge of certain activities.  we pull in the resources and skill requirements of the monastery to provide opportunities for the senior students to engage in monastic skills typical to the monastery. This is actually the key focus of the Monday Co-curricular Activities in the years to come.

Currently the school offers monastic skills in making offerings, learning of ritual instruments, Calligraphy, Art and Painting, Computers, Sports, Chinese language, Yoga, Writing skill in Tibetan and English, Readers Club, Cooking skills etc. The list is fluid as activities change depending on what works and what skills the teachers bring to the school.


Aside from the academic curriculum, we have provided space for students to showcase their literary and creative talents through a rangeof programs designed for them through the year. Currently the list of programs include:

The Current Programs are:

June Writing Festival (Tibetan and English)
July Class Poetry Recitation (Tibetan and English)
August Elocution Contest (Tibetan and English)
Ocotober English Quiz Contest
November Children’s Day-cum-Sports Day
December Debates (Tibetan and English)
March Tibetan Quiz Contest
November Art and Calligraphy Festival


Since the core aim of the monastery is to provide an in-depth and advanced study in Buddhism along with modern subjects and languages, as the monk students graduate from the school, it is imperative that the transition from the school to the higher Buddhist Studies is gradual and smooth. 

As can be seen from the Academic Calendar and Curriculum grid of the Higher Buddhist Studies, (Lobnyer), one needs a concentrated and continuous study for at least 24 years to complete the curriculum. The complete course include the Art of healing, Dialectics, Sanskrit, Arts and Crafts, Metaphysics and Buddhist philooshy. Of these five higher subjects, the most important are the Buddhist Philosophy and Dialectics. They are divided into five major subjects, known by their Sanskrit names Pragna Paramita, Madhyamaika – the middle path, Vinaya – the canon of monastic discipline, Abhidarma – Metaphysics, and Pramana – logic, developing mental powers and Dialectics.

Written and Oral examinations are conducted every academic year. The Academic Council sets the papers and topics for these written and oral examinations, and they are strictly enforced to ensure fairness and quality.  The final debate examinations are held twice in an academic year in the presence of the Abbot and all the Academic Council members. If they are successful in these examinations, the monks obtain the Kachen degree.

After the internal examinations are over, many senior monks also enter the external Geluk Debating and Written examinations conducted by the Central Examination Board of Gelug Monasteries in exile. This is the apex examining Board for Gelukpa monasteries. If they are successful in these examinations held during the Choetrul Monlam, they obtain the degree of Kachen Lharampa degree, which is equivalent to Ph.D. in modern education.


Month Day Program
1 2 Kachen Graduation
1 20-21 Conference on Tantra
4 6 Debate on the 1st chapter of Parmana  (Tsogchen Debate)
5 1-5 Inter-class debate
5 11 Debate on the 2nd chapter of Parmana
6 16 Summer Retreat and start of Tantric Debate
7 Gelug Annual Exams
7 20 CTL Annual Exams
7 27 Debate on the 3rd chapter of Parmana
8 15 Start of new Academic year
9   Tsechen Debate Season
9 15 Tsechen Conference
10 11 Debate on the 4th chapter of Parmana
10   Namdreal inter-class debate
11   Winter Debate Session ( Jayang Gunchoe)
12 5 Start of Parmana Examination


1 DUCHUNG Thumung-dura-todcha 1 yr. INTRODUCTION TO BUDDHIST PHILOSOPHY       Preliminary to the Syllabus Proper         4 yrs.
2 DUCHEN   Thumung-dura-medcha 1 yr.
3 LORIG   Lorig 1 yr. INTRODUCTION TO PRAMANA (Valid Cognition)
4 TAGRIG   Tagrig&Salam 1 yr.
5 SHUNGSAR Druptha&Shungsar 1 yr.   PRAMANA & PARAMITA (Perfection of Wisdom)     High School     6 yrs.
6 SHUNGNYING Shunying 1 yr.
7 SHUNGONG-KAB1 Samzuk, Dranyi – Khab 1 end 1 yr.
8 KHAP-2-KHAP-3 Gendun-20, Khap-2 & Khap-3pa 1 yr.
9 KHAP-4-TENDREL Khap-4pa to Khap-8 &Tendrel 1 yr.
10 SURKOI Thang-nye&Kunshi 1 yr.
11 UMA 1 Beginning of Uma until Gopai-Wangkyi-paitenpa 1 yr. MADHYAMIKA (Middle View  Philosophy) & PRAMANA B.A   3 yrs.
12 UMA 2 Sem-tsampa-jedrakto-gakpa-nyi until the end of Uma GongpaRabsel 1 yr.
13 UMA 3/NGAG 1 i.Uma-thang-nyi&Tsashe-rabji 1&2 ii.  Nyak-Salam 1 yr.
14 ZOE 1/NGAG2 Zoe-todchaNgarim-Chemo 1 1 yr. ABHIDHARMA (Treasure of Knowledge) & PRAMANA     M.A 2 yrs.
15 ZOE 2/NGAG 3 Zoe-medchaTik-ka (1-2) 1 yr.
16 DULWA1/NGAG 4 Dulwa-todchaKyerim 1 yr. VINAYA (Monastic Precepts) & PRAMANA 2 yrs.
17 DULWA2/NGAG 5 Dulwa-medchaRig-Nga-Sal-don 1 yr.
19 GELUK EXAMS.   KARAMLOPONLHARAM 2 yrs. 2 yrs. 2 yrs. KACHEN Preparatory Exams. (Mix of the five Principal Subjects in a phased manner + Kyerim&Zogrim)   Ph.D. (Kachen Lharampa) 6 yrs.
18 GYU-DRAPA Sangynak: Kyerim & Zogrim 1 yr VAJRAYANA (tantra)   1 yr.
            24 YEARS


As per the vision of His Holiness the Dalai Lama for the Tibetan Monasteries in exile,  the study of relevant modern subjects and languages is introduced in the monastery in a very focused manner for the monks. This is a natural progression for the school graduates, and has been intensified in the last couple of years. The goal is to ensure that besides the core learning in Buddhist philosophy and practice, it is of utmost importance that the monks are versatile and skilled in modern subjects and languages to be in a position to be of greater service to all. Therefore, through the system of Indira Gandhi National Open University, India (IGNOU), interested monks now have the opportunity to study modern subjects of their choice. Currently we have senior monk students taking modern psychology, history, biology, commerce etc. along with study of English and Chinese.  Of course,  the study of Tibetan language is taken up by the students depending on their interest in  literature or Grammar.


Tashi Lhunpo Tantric College was founded in Tibet in 1615 by the 4th Panchen Lama. The College became famous throughout Tibet for the quality of its learning and practice. In 1983, The Tantric College was re-established in the Monastery in Bylakuppe. Tantra is a life-long study beginning after the student has received the KACHEN degree. The course covers Action Tantra, Performance Tantra, Yoga Tantra, and Highest Yoga Tantra, as well as the study of the Mudras or hand gestures of the deities, making of Torma cake offerings, the drawing of Mandalas in paint, in sand or carved in wood, and the art of music and melody. Each year the monks also perform the Gutor Cham (Ritual Dance) for eight days before the Tibetan New Year.

Today, regular classes on Tantric Studies are held for the senior monks every week. A very experienced and highly qualified Tantric Teacher conducts these weekly classes.