Vidyaloke wishes to empower people to explore avenues that can catalyse their learning process and discovery so that they are motivated towards taking steps of their own. To enable this, we have listed certain places of learning for the curious student who wishes to explore other avenues. These places are ideal for meeting others on a similar path.
Founded by Dzongsar Jamyang Khyentse Rinpoche, Deer Park Institute is a centre for study of classical Indian wisdom traditions. Established in March 2006 on the campus of a former Buddhist monastic institute, it is a project under Siddhartha's Intent Society.
Deer Park Institute is situated in Bir which is a one and a half hour drive from the Gaggal airport in Dharamshala. Located in the beautiful foothills of the Indian Himalayas, Bir is known for its quaint coffee shops and adventure activities such as paragliding.
The core vision of the Institute is to re-create the spirit of Nalanda, a great university of ancient India in which all traditions of Buddhism were studied and practiced, alongside other schools of classical Indian philosophy, arts and sciences.
With the aspiration of applying compassion and wisdom traditions in the activities of the Institute, it organises workshops and conferences on environmental issues, preserving local culture and sustainable livelihood in the Institute and local schools. In order to disseminate awareness on these issues, informative documentaries and printed materials have also been produced. Since 2009, Deer Park Institute has also been invited by Himachal Government a few times as resource people on the concept of Zero Waste and has received an Appreciation Award.
For a complete list of programs and courses at Deer Park Institute, please click here.
The Tibet House was founded in 1965 by His Holiness the Dalai Lama to preserve and disseminate the unique cultural heritage of Tibet.
Tibet House offers resources for research and translation projects and publishes important texts and research results. It hosts lectures, organises conferences, exhibitions, film shows, and festivals. A lot of Indian students attend lectures here and are particularly driven towards the Master’s course in Nalanda Buddhist Philosophy.
Please click here to view their upcoming events.
Namgyal Monastery is 4 km away from Dharamshala, in the scenic town of McLeod Ganj. The monastery was also established as an esteemed centre of learning, contemplation, and meditation on the vast and profound Buddhist treatises.
Its expanse is such that it can host teachings and lectures containing up to 5000 people. It has also hosted His Holiness’ teaching on Shantideva’s Bodhicharyavatara at the request of Nalanda Shiksha at the Thekchen Chöling Tsuglagkhang, the main temple here, which was attended by over 8000 members from 78 different countries. The monastery's programs include a three year core curriculum, weekend teachings, summer retreats, daily meditation, conferences, guided pilgrimages, and the celebration of Tibetan holidays.
The original Namgyal Monastery was founded in 16th century by the 2nd Dalai Lama, Gendun Gyatso. The current Namgyal Monastery is also the residence of His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama.
To visit Namgyal’s website, click here.
To see the complete curriculum of the monastery, please click here.
Drepung Gomang Monastic University is one of the most reputed centres (the three great seats: Drepung, Gaden and Sera) for learning, contemplating and practicing Tibetan Buddhist thoughts and science – its academic standard is such, that it is known as the second Nalanda University in Tibet.
The Gelug tradition lays special emphasis on the place of ethics, as expressed through monastic discipline, as the ideal basis for religious education and practice. In addition, the Gelug tradition regards sound scholarship as a prerequisite for constructive meditation
Drepung Gomang College is renowned among all the Gelug Monasteries (Ganden, Sera, and Drepung) for its emphasis on and expertise in the field of logic and debate.
Drepung Gomang, a Tibetan Buddhist monastery established in the Gelug tradtion, was founded by Je Tsong Khapa (1357-1419).
Please see the list of courses offered at the Monastery here.
Tushita Mahayana Meditation Center, New Delhi, was established in 1979 under the spiritual guidance of the Founders of FPMT, the late Venerable Lama Thubten Yeshe and by the present Spiritual Director, Venerable Lama Thubten Zopa Rinpoche.
Located near the famous Hauz Khas Market in the city of New Delhi, the Centre offers various guided meditation sessions and short courses and conduct regular teachings by high Lamas, scholars and internationally renowned Dharma-teachers. You will often find our beloved Venerable Kabir Saxena at the centre. The centre also has a 1000-title Buddhist library and hold an Annual Dharma Celebration - a public event in New Delhi featuring discourses of His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama.
Please click here to visit their website.