Vikramashila Institute

 
 Fig 1. Vikramashila Buddhist Institute

In order to provide about a hundred monks with a good environment for the pursuit of higher knowledge of Buddhism, Shangpa Rinpoche built Vikrama Shila Buddhist Institute in Nepal to benefit the members of the Sangha community in Pokhara.

The course of studies focuses on the five major texts:
Buddhist Logic (Pramana), Middle Path (Madhyamika), Moral Ethics (Vinaya), Wisdom / Ultimate Knowledge (Prajna Paramita), and (loosely translated) Buddhist Science (Abhi Dharma). The monks are also educated in English, Nepali, and Tibetan and information technology.


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  Fig 2. Monks studying at the institute   Fig 3. A little monk studying

A day for the monks begins with a Morning Prayer session at 6:30 a.m. during which they chant two prayers: Manjushri (Deities for Wisdom) and Green Tara (Deities for Removing Obstacles). School begins at 8 a.m. and concludes at 3:30 p.m., with designated periods outside of class time for self-study. At 4 p.m. the evening prayer session begins, and the Mahakala prayer (the Guardians of the Buddha's teachings) is recited with musical instruments. With this schedule they are able to fuse prayer with study, both important features in the development of a Buddhist monk's.


Khenpo Tsultrim
Fig 4. Khenpo Tsultrim Tharchin 
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Fig 5. In 2011, Tashi Woeser (left) and Tsundu Gyatso (right) were appointed as Khenpo for Vikrama Shila Buddhist Institute by Venerable Shangpa Rinpoche (center).

Under the request of Ven. Shangpa Rinpoche, Khenpo has undertaken the responsibilities being the Chief Abbot (Khenpo) of Vikrama Shila Higher Buddhist Institute. He is currently teaching over a hundred lamas there. He is also as a guest lecturer at Kagyu Institute for Buddhist Studies in Kirtipur, where he conducts the short courses and leads the retreats held by the institute.

Khenpo Tsultrim was born in Mustang at 1964. Mustang is revered by Tibetan Buddhists to be a holy place that has a very deep affinity with Guru Rinpoche. During his childhood, his family moved to Pokhara where he later entered into monk-hood. In Pokhara, he has learned all the various rituals and mastered the Tibetan language under the compassionate guidance of the late Ven. Dupsing Rinpoche and other teachers.

He furthered his studies in Buddhism at the Karma Shree Nalanda Institute in Rumtek. He graduated in Buddhist Philosophy with a Degree.

Khenpo Tsultrim has visited many countries of Southeast Asia and Europe. He has given numerous teachings in Buddhist philosophy during these visits. Khenpo Tsultrim entered into a traditional retreat three and half-year long in Pharping under the compassionate guidance of Ven. Choje Sherab Rinpoche. He is a qualified retreat lama.

Khenpo Tsultrim is a knowledgeable practitioner. He has proven himself to be a good teacher, conducting excellent teachings that benefit followers who are serious about their practice.