Rigzin Dongag Sedrub Chhoekhor Ling
-(RDSCL) A Monastic College
RDSCL is a non-profitable traditional Buddhist Monastic College dedicated to offer all Buddhist curriculums including 3 years meditation practice course to monks and nuns with residence, food and health service facilities for free of cost.
Duration of course
Duration of course is nine years academic with three different academic levels + three years mediation course as follow:
1st level has four years course Purva Madhyama in Sanskrit (Uma Hogma in Tibetan) two years and Uttrama Madhyama in Sanskrit (Uma Gongma in Tibetan) two years equivalent to lower secondary class IX, X and Higher Secondary class XI, XII.
2nd Level has three years course for Shastri in Sanskrit (Tenchoe in Tibetan) it is equivalent to Bachelor in Arts.
3rd Level has two years course for Acharya in Sankskrit (Lopen in Tibetan) it is equivalent to Masters in Arts.
There will be two types of different subjects theoretical and practical. Theoretical subjects include three canons which are main teachings of Buddha, and Tantra taught by Buddha and other Siddhas of Buddhism.
Main objective of this college is to produce qualified and trained students of Buddhist arts, philosophy, meditation, traditional architect and engineer, astro-science for peace, enlightenment and the welfare of all beings.
College will have various curriculums with following seven major departments:
1.Arts Department, 2.Philosophy Department, 3.Ritual Department, 4.Meditation and Yoga Department and 5.Cultural Department 6. IT Department 7. Music Department
1. Arts Department will deal as wholesome of arts education like crafting various statues of Buddha and Buddhist Deities, Thankas, Tormas (statues of butter and mixed flour), Treasure Vase, Land Treasure Vase, Medicine Vase, Long Life Vase and all types of Amulets. Students will also learn decorative trainings for Buddhist cultural ceremonies like weddings, birth and funerals etc. all under Arts Department.
2. Philosophy Department will conduct for entire Buddhist studies such as Language & Grammar, Literature, Philosophy, History, Astrology, Applied Buddhism, Comparative Buddhism& Religion, Sutra-Vinaya- Avidharma, Therabada, Mahayana and Vajrayana study.
3. Ritual Department will organize the theoretical and practical trainings based on all types of Buddhist rituals and ceremonies. It will mainly focus on rituals based trainings of three tantras and three yogas of Buddhism which will help practitioners to understand and practice the Vajrayana Buddhism for enlightenment and harmonious living of all.
Buddhist ritual trainings of naming, wedding and death ceremonies will also be conducted along with excellent guide. Learners will be able to perform prayers and ritual on various Buddhist ceremonies such as Buddha Jayanti, Dharma Chakra Day,LhabhabDhuchen(Descending from Heaven), New year (Lochhar) eve. and other Buddhist ceremonies.
Students will be taught about various historical events including how ancient instruments were played. Together, they will be qualified in vocal chanting and playing ritual instruments creating energetic sound in the environment for healings.
4. Meditation and Yoga Department will deal with all the types of meditations and Buddhist Yoga classes and courses. This department will handle Samatha and Vipasana along with all types of Mahayana and Vajrayana meditation and practices.
Department will focus to train about five preliminary practices, phowa, chalung and other Zogchhen's practices especially for monks, nuns and all lay practitioners.
This department will also train senior monks and nuns about physical, verbal and psychological healing basis treatment system etc.
5. Cultural Department will be responsible for spreading awareness about Buddhist Culture and indigenous Buddhist traditions.
Various Buddhist cultures like lama dances, playing instruments, using robes, and other Buddhist rituals will also be trained under cultural department.
This department will promote the ancient Buddhist culture and especially Himalaya Buddhist culture; it will inspire students for research base study for the development of Buddhist culture.
6. IT Department is one of the major department which will be responsibility to educate students with modern information and technology
7. Music Depart has various plans to produce students of music study and practices. There will be a ‘Dharma Peace Band’ under this department which will organize various music classes.
1.1 Name of the College
Rigzin Dongag Shedrub Chhoekhor Ling (RDSCL)
1.2 Date of Establishment
12th March, 2022 (Falgun 28, 2078)
1.3 Location and Address of the college
Swoyamabhu, Kathamandu, Nepal
Ven. Khen Rinpcoche Sonam Gyurme Tamang,
Phone No.: +977-9849118562
Phone No.: +977-9840413934
1.5 Prescribed curriculum and additional subjects:
All short and long Empowerment, Transmission and secret Teachings based on Nyingmapa School will be provided at the college by organizing separate and public program through Venerable Dharma masters.
In addition, permanent students along with those said subject from class IX, X, XI and XII (Purva Madhyama and Uttra Madhyama) , Bachelor in Arts ( Shastri) and Masters in Arts (Acharya) will be taught according to curriculum of Traditional Nyimapa Buddhist College which includes language, computer, grammar, history, literature, philosophy, arts , culture, yoga, meditation, .
1.6 Duration /Trainings
a) College students will undergo nine yearly courses that would include the curriculum of grade Secondary, Bachelor and Masters and three additional year of retreat program.
b) Temporary (Short-term) students would be enrolled at various points and periods of time ranging from 1 day to 9 years depending on the nature of course or training.
1.7 Beginning Educational Sessions at RDSCL
a) March first week of every year for permanent students.
b) Undefined for temporary students.
1.8 Finding Management of the RDSCL
The college will be run by the guidance of the Founder President Venerable Khen Rinpochela Sonam Gyurme Tamang of RDSCL
The necessary fund for food, staff payment, health care, stationary, travel will be managed by raising supports from national and international donors, and collected funds from different programs such as pilgrimage tour, various vocational trainings programs .
1.9 Number of Participation
Only this starting year, the number of permanent students in RDSCL are 25 whereas more than hundreds of non-academic students, learners and practitioners will participate this year to various practices, meditations, Buddhist art and rituals etc.
2.0 Monitoring and Evaluation
Nepal is a multi-cultural, diversified with different castes, creed and religions; and thus a beautiful country in the world.
Commonly, Nepal is known as the birthplace of Gautam Buddha, and land of Sagarmatha, the top of the world. Buddhism was originated in Nepal, and later it became widespread all around the world established as the milestone of source of knowledge, happiness, peace, prosperity and enlightenment.
The country like Japan, that has followed the single path called ‘Mahayan Sutra SatdharmaPundarika’ (True religion is like a white lotus flower) has become the world’s prosperous and developed nation, but our country Nepal, epitome of world peace and progress has fallen behind and is compelled to await for other’s help and donation for survival.
One latest condition of Nepal is that, even though Nepal is the origin of Buddhism, but many Nepalese students are forced to travel abroad in search of practical school and college of Buddhism.
Realizing the importance of traditional and practical Buddhist education, RDSCL is established with the propose of offering all Buddhist courses to produce adept, expert and skilled academic manpower who can enlighten the world.
Therefore, this college will contribute in the field of peace, prosperity and enlightenment for the entire human world if it is provided with the economic, physical and moral support from the interested person, society, organization and concerned NGO and INGO.
2. PROJECT IMPLEMENTATION AND MANAGEMENT PLAN OF RDSCL
2.1 General Objectives
One main objective of this college is to provide the higher level education and training under the nine yearly educational plan about the Buddhism, and practices.
Similarly, it also produces the qualified, skilled and self-dependent students who possess right knowledge of traditional dance, sculpture, Buddhist art, culture, yoga, meditation, worshipping and rituals.
The nine+ three yearly education plan comprises three years of practical and vocational education and trainings; and nine years of education on the basis of Monastic university system .
In every class, 20 to 40 will be learning the academic artifacts regularly. Similarly, other non-academic classes and/or trainings will be conducted as per the need and the demand of the learners.
2.2 Project Activities and Work Plan
Following are the project activities and program:
a) To provide all types of long and short term trainings/education about Buddhist philosophy, education, yoga and meditation.
b) To conduct workshops on Buddhist engineering and handicraft, (thanka), sculpture etc.
c) To manage all the empowerment, transmission and teachings, along with the training of worshipping and rituals, yoga and retreat practiced of the Nyingma school of ancient Himalaya Buddhism
d) To conduct daily, monthly and yearly trainings for the traditional fasting (Yungne), practice of Mahayoga (Chyoi) and practice of peace (Shitho) etc.
e) To lead the students for their higher studies in Buddhist universities level
f) To preserve, promote, enhance and research the Buddhist culture, tradition and education.
g) To motivate the international learners towards learning Buddhist education, yoga, meditation, art and rituals; and also procure them as a competent learner at national and international level.
h) To upgrade the living standard of under-privileged children by providing them with free trainings related to Buddhist education, art etc. along with the facility of accommodation and food.
i) To appoint and manage the religious masters in different countries
3. Significance of this college
a) Every twenty to fourty will get the ample opportunity to study high level education at RDSCL.
b) Non-academic hundreds of students will achieve practical knowledge of Buddhism, trainings, empowerment, transmission and teachings in order to become a qualified and competent practitioner of Buddhism.
c) World community will get economic surplus after the production of skilled manpower, artistes, and traditional doctors ancient Medicare system.
4. Why RDSCL ?
a) RDSCL provides theoretical and practical education for higher Buddhist studies.
b) RDSCL will play a great role to educate lower and middle class students of Nepal and other country for free of cost
The subjects in the college’s curriculum are as follows:
PURVA MADHYAMA YEAR I (Lower Secondary School Year I; 9TH grade)
1. Detailed Definition of the Three Vows (sDom-gSum rNam-Nges) by Maha pandit padma dWang-Gyal
its commentary by Acharya Yon-Tan rGya-mTso
2. A Guide to the Bodhisattva’s Way of Life (Bodhisattva Charya Avatara) by Bodhisattava Shanti Dewa
it commentary by Khenchen gZhen-Phen Chos-ki sNangwa
1.Sutra on the Remembrance of the Three Jewels (Arya Ratna Traya Anusmriti) by Lord Buddha
its commentary by aJam-mGom Mi-Pham Rinpoche
2.Praise of the Buddha (Bishestav) by Acharya Thotsun Dubje
it commentary by Acharya Sherab Go-Cha
3) Religious History (part 1 & 2) - aJigdrel Yeshi Dorjee
4) Verse of Shramanena
PURVA MADHYAMA YEAR II (Lower Secondary School Year II; 10TH GRADE)
1.Ornament of the Middle Way (Madhyamika Alankara by Abbot Shanta Rakshita
it commentary by Mipham Rinpoche
2.Introduction to the Scholarship (Pandita Saya Nayum Avatar Mudha) by Mipham Rinpoche
1. Brief Philosophical Point on Wish-fulfilling Treasures (Nges-shes Dronme) by Mipham Rinpoche
2.Clear Distinction of Philosophical View and Realisation (Byakaran Trinsh) by Acharya Sambhota
3. Religious History (part-3&4) by aJigdrel Yeshi Dorjee
UTTARA MADHYAMA YEAR I (Senior Secondary School Year I; 11TH GRADE)
1. Entry to the Middle Way (Madhyamika Avatara) by Shree Chandra Kriti
it commentary by Mipham Rinpoche
2. The Root of Madhyamika Wisdom (Pranjna Nama Mula Madhyamika) by Acharya Nagarjuna
it commentary by Mipham Rinpoche
1. Four Hundred Verses (on the Middle Way) (Chatur Shataka) by Acharya Arya Deva
it commentary by Dho Ngag Tenpai Nima
2. Byakaran Linga Avatara by Acharya Sam-Bhota
3. Religious History (part-5&6) by aJigdrel Yeshi Dorjee
4. (Tadruob-bShen bJed) by Dho Ngag Tenpai Nima
UTTARA MADHYAMA YEAR II (Senior Secondary School Year II; 12TH GRADE)
1. Treasury of Wisdom (Abhidharma Kosh Karika) by Acharya Vasubhandu
it commentary by Acharya gZhen-dGa
2. Mahayana’s Treasury of Wisdom (Abhi Dharma Samuchya) by Acharya Asanga
it commentary by Khenchen gZhen-Phen Chos-k sNangwa
3. Byakaran Linga Avatara by Acharya Sambhota
1. Poetry (Mid part till aGog rGyen) by Acharya Dhandi
2. Tadruob-bShen bJed " Dho Ngag Tenpai Nima
3. Religious History (part7&8) " aJigdrel Yeshi Dorjee
SHASTRI (B.A.) YEAR I
1. Valid Cognition (Pramana Vartika, 1st and 2nd Part) by Acharya Dharma Kriti
2. Ornament of the Mahayana Sutra (Mahayana Sutra Alankara) by Maitriya - Asanga
it commentary by Khenchen gZhen-Phen Chos-ki sNangwa
1. Mahayana Guru Tantra by Maitriya
it commentary by Jamgon Mipham Rinpoche
2.Quintessential Point of the Lion’s Roar (sTong-Thun Seng-dGe'yi Nga-Ro) by Jamgon Mipham Rinpoche
3. Poetry (first and last Volume) by Acharya Dhandi
SHASTRI (B.A.) YEAR II
1. Prologue to Ornament of Realisation (mGnon-rTog- rGyen's) by Boed pa Tulku Rinpoche
2. Discrimination of Dharmas and Dharmata (mGnon-rTog- rGyen's commentary) by dPals-sPrul Rinpoche
1.Valid Cognition (Pramana Vartika 3rd & 4th Part) by Acharya Dharma Kriti
it commentary by aJm-mGon Mi-Pham Rinpoche
2. Discrimination of Dharmas and Dharmata (Chos Dang Chos Nyid rNam aGyed) by Maitriya
it commentary by aJam-mGon Mi-Pham Rinpoche
3. Zhung-Chie Kaned " aJam-mGon Mi-Pham Rinpoche
SHASTRI (B.A) YEAR III
1. Treasury of Spiritual Qualities (Yon-Tan Rin-po-Che Yi-mZod's) by Kuenkhen aJigs-Med Ling-Pa
2. Guhya Garbha Tantra’s Prologue (gSang-Wa sNying-Po's) by aJam-mGon Mi-Pham Rinpoche
3. Root Text of the Discipline (Vinaya Mula Sutra) by Acharya Guna Praba
it commentary by gZhen-Phen sNag-Wa
4. Discerning the Middle and the Extremes (bAu-mThar rNam aGeyd) by aJam-mGon Mi-Pham Rinpoche
5. Theck Chen Tshuljuk by Rongzom Maha Pandita.
ACHARYA (M.A.) YEAR I
1.The Oral Instruction Garland of Views (gSang- sNying bDrel-Chen) by Sarvagya Klong-Chen-Pa
2. Commentary on the Wish Fulfilling Treasury (Yid-bZhin mZod's) by Sarvagya Klong-Chen-Pa
1. Gruk-mTha Rinpoche mZod by Sarvagya Klong-Chen-Pa
2. Arya Manjushree Nama by Acharya Padma Sambhava
3. Man Ngag Ta-threng by Acharya Padma Sambhava
ACHARYA (M.A.) FINAL YEAR
1. Dzogchen – The Natural Ease of Mind Essence (rZongs-Chen Seme-Nyid Ngal gSo'yi commentary by Sarvagya Klong-Chen-Pa
2. Explanation of the Eight Sadhanas (bKa-br-Gyad rNam-bshad by aJam-mgon Mi-Pham Rinpoche
3.Travelling the Staircase to the Highest Buddhafield of the Development Stage (bsKyed-Rim Khred-Yig Yog-Min by Sarvagya Jigme Lingpa
4. Four Life-Binding Nails (Srog-sDom Zher-bzhin Man-Ngag Tsangs pa'yi sGra dByangs) by Chos rJe dPal-sPrul Rinpoche