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Sherda Studies

 

The College for Higher Buddhist Studies (Thrangu Tara Abbey Shedra) was inaugurated March 2004. Currently there are 53 nuns studying in a taxing eight-year program. Four teachers are nuns who completed their studies at the Central Institute for Higher Buddhist Studies in Sarnath, India. All four of teachers has attained Acharaya, the highest degree awarded from that institute.

 

The first three students at Tara Abbey Shedra have graduated their Shedra Studies in 2011. They are the first graduated shedra students from our own shedra. Among them  Ani Sherap Sangmo is now a teacher at the shedra and is teaching the first year nuns at the shedra. Ani Karma Dolkar Lhamo is now a food manager at the Abbey and Ani Nangsal Yangchen is an in charge of Ngodup Tsokpa, Nuns welfare committee.

 

In addition to the nuns studying in the Tara Abbey Shedra, five nuns are studying at the Central Institute for Higher Buddhist Studies in Sarnath, ten nuns are studying in Shedra in Dharmsala, India and another four are studying in Shedra in South India.

 

Teaching staff at the Shedra are:

No.

Name:

Graduated from:

Serving since:

1

Khenpo Karma Drodul

Vajravidya Institute, Sarnath, Varanasi, India

2008

2

Acharya Ani Sherap Wangmo

Central University of Higher Tibetan Studies, Sarnath, Varanasi, India

2004

3

Acharya Ani Karma Dolma

Central University of Higher Tibetan Studies, Sarnath, Varanasi, India

2008

4

Acharya Ani Tenzin Sangmo

Central University of Higher Tibetan Studies, Sarnath, Varanasi, India

2010

5

Acharya Ani Chungda Gurung

Central University of Higher Tibetan Studies, Sarnath, Varanasi, India

2010

6

Ani Sherap Sangmo

Thrangu Tara Abbey Shedra

2012

 

Study curse at the Shedra:

Year

Subject:

1st year

Seven Points of Mind training by Ven Thrangu Rinpoche,

The thirty seven fold practices of a Bodisattva by Gyalsey Togme,

The first four chapters of Bodhicharyavatara by Ven Thrangu Rinpoche,

Tibetan Orthography and Tibtan linguistics.

 

2nd year

Letter to a friend by Nagarjuna,

Precious Garland of the Supreme Path by Gampopa,

Jewel ornaments of Liberation, Chapter 1-10, by Gampopa,

Sathai Namye by Ju Mipham Rinpoche and

Sakya Lekshey (Elegant Sayings)  by Sakya Pandita

3rd year

Jewel ornaments of Liberation, Chapter 11-12, by Gampopa,

The three levels of vows/ three precepts/three levels of ordination by Karma Ngedun shenphen,

Kaned Salwai Melong by Yangchen Drupe Dorji and Dusum Rapsal by Tsewang sonam

 

4th year

Bodhicharyavatara by Ven. Thrangu Rinpoche,

Tibetan Grammar by Situ Rinpoche

 

5th year

Middle way – Dhagyu Drupai Singta by Ven. Thrangu Rinpoche and Tibtean poetics poetry

 

6th year

Middle way – She Gya pa and Tibetan poetics poetry

 

7th year

Abhidharma kosh by 9th Karmapa Wangchuk Dorji and Tibetan poetics poetry

 

8th year

Uttra Tantra Sharta by Jamgon Lodro Thaye and Tibetan poetics poetry.

 

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