DHARAMSHALA: A six-month intensive course on Tibetan language and Buddhist studies is currently underway at Gyumed Monastery’s Snowland school for Tibetan studies, based in Hunsur Tibetan settlement.
A total of 17 Tibetan college students are taking part in the program, organised by the Department of Religion and Culture in collaboration with Gyumed monastery.
The course was inaugurated by the abbot of Gyumed monastery. The inauguration was attended by the settlement officer, representatives from the Department of Religion and Culture and the member of Tibetan Parliament from the area.
The six-month course, from July to December, will focus on basic Tibetan grammar, Tibetan religious history, Buddhist dialectics, Buddhist philosophies including the Middle Way, etc. Two new text books in Tibetan has also been printed specifically for the course.
The participants will also be given a course-completion certificate after clearing a test at the end of the program.
The Snowland school for Tibetan studies was formally inaugurated on 7 December 2011. It was established after His His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s recommendation during his visit to Gyudmed monastery in 2007, to begin a school specially designed to meet the needs of students wishing to study Buddhism and Tibetan culture in India, the school’s website says.