Courses & Degree Certificates
NOTE: Fluent Tibetan is required for entrance into courses.
During the first four years, the course covers five
large Madhyamaka texts, two Abhidharma, three Tibetan language texts
and several minor
ones. Therefore, the student is considered to have finished Lower Sutra
Course with stress laid upon Madhyamaka and Abhidharma studies. He is
conferred the certificate and degree equivalent to an Associate's Degree
with the title, "Thadrel Mrawai Wangchuk" (Great Expounder
of the Middle Way). There are not any Chorjang (Revision Classes) after
completing the fourth year. The student can be appointed as a Chorpon
(Revision Master or Assistant Teacher) depending upon his personal virtue
and academic standard.
In the fifth and sixth year, the course deals with
the five works of Maitreya, Dharmakirti's Pramana Vritti and many others.
study of Six Perfections with more emphasis on the Prajnaparamita (Perfection
of Wisdom) is done. After passing the sixth year, the student is said
to have finished Upper Sutra Course and is conferred the degree equivalent
to regular B.A. with the title, "Tharchin Rabjampa" (Master
The last three years of study cover texts on Vinaya
and Vajrayana teachings. Guna Prabha's Vinaya treatise, Guhya Garbha
Tantra, Longchen and Jigmed
Lingpa's works constitute the major subjects of this section of the course
called the Higher Tantra Course. After passing the ninth year thereby
graduating from the Institute, the student is conferred the degree equivalent
to regular MA with the title "Ngesang Lekshed Zöthchang" (Holder
of the Treasury of Esoteric Doctrine). The scholar is henceforth referred
to as Lopen becoming equal to a lecturer in status and can also be ceremoniously
appointed as a Khenpo depending upon personal virtue and qualifications.
After completing the taught course in the Institute,
the student can undertake a research study in any field of choice if
he wishes. The student
must complete the research study by submitting his dissertation or thesis
and if he qualifies both as an erudite scholar and earnest practitioner,
he is conferred the highest degree equivalent to Ph.D. with the title, "Do
ngag Tenpai Nyinjed" (the Elucidator of Sutra and Tantra teachings).
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