Tibet House Bulletin
An Overview of Tibet House
The Tibet House in New Delhi opens a gate to Tibetan culture. The activities of this centre reach beyond the circle of Tibetologists and Buddhist Masters, it integrates laypersons as well as scholars of many disciplines, artists and social activists. The Tibet House was founded in 1965 by His Holiness the Dalai Lama to preserve and disseminate the unique cultural heritage of Tibet and to provide a centre for Tibetan and Buddhist studies. It has since widened its horizons.
From 1959 onwards, Tibetans have been fleeing from the political upheavals in their homeland, travelling the difficult paths across the Himalayas into India. Many brought with them precious objects and books of religious and cultural significance. This formed the seed of the Museum and the Library. Located in the heart of New Delhi, the five-story facility houses a Museum of valuable Tibetan art and artifacts as well as a Library with nearly 5000 volumes of manuscripts and books, a Resource Centre, a Conference hall, a Gallery and a Bookshop.
NALANDA MASTERS COURSE
There is a growing number of Indian and international participants at Tibet House who are showing a keen interest to delve deeper into various Buddhist subjects studied and practiced in the tradition of Nalanda and Tibetan monastic universities. Keeping them in mind, a new Masters Course is being offered…
NALANDA DIPLOMA COURSE
There is a genuine need in the modern world to introduce, in a systematic and comprehensive way, various Buddhist subjects studied and practiced in the tradition of Nalanda and Tibetan monastic universities. Keeping in line with that sophisticated tradition and after the successful completion of the first batch (in 2019), the…
NALANDA CERTIFICATE COURSE
With the blessings of HH the 14th Dalai Lama, Tibet House has been running successfully the first batch of the Nalanda Masters Course (5 year course) since 2017 and it is on the verge to completion in mid-2022. In the last few years two batches of Nalanda Diploma Course (1-1.5 year course) have…
TIBETAN LANGUAGE COURSE
Tibet House conducted a two month Elementary Tibetan Language Course in the year 2004 and another in 2005. This course was taken further to an intermediate level in the year 2006. At the request of many enthusiasts, Tibet House launched formally a Tibetan language course on…
Testimonials from Participants of the Nalanda Courses
Dr. Kaveri Gill
I found the course curriculum to be thoughtfully designed. Geshe Dorji Damdul, Director of Tibet House, is a highly qualified, very engaging teacher who delivers his lessons in helpful, interactive ways. He holds our attention in class for a remarkable two hours without a break, twice weekly, and he welcomes expressions of doubt from students, which he addresses swiftly. I have personally benefited enormously from these classes, growing steadily in confidence and conviction as our lessons advanced.
I would recommend such a course, if you wish to hear the teachings of the Buddha in its most authentic and profound ways. Like for everything else we do in life, there has to be a commitment to stay the course, and this comes only with joyful perseverance 🙂
Lian Choo Tan
It has been a wonderful journey since joining the course. Venerable Geshe Dorji Damdul la, the primary teacher of Nalanda courses, guides us along the vast plethora of Buddha’s teachings with his inimitable blend of patience, expertise of the subject matter, and an interactive style of delivery. This enables the middle-aged, “modern-educated”, professional, city-folks like us to access Dharma in a standardized, gradual way which is conducive to intellectual enquiry. Another good point to mention about the Nalanda Courses is the flexibility and elasticity of the program. Due to constraints of time we had as full time professionals, and as parents of two young kids, we could not have followed consistently a strict and time-consuming program
We have noticed a significant reduction of stress and mental noise in our minds over past few years due to teachings and practices we learnt through Nalanda Courses. Nalanda Courses come as close to “monastics-like” detailed study of Buddhist philosophy as we could possibly get while maintaining a professional and family life.
Mr Lokesh (IIT Bombay and MBA at IUJ, Japan. with 25 years of experience in IT, Investment Banking) and Mrs Rimpi Jindal (an MBA entrepreneur based in Gurugram, India), working parents of two growing boys
Mr. Lokesh Jindal & Mrs. Rimpi Jindal
Being in Israel, I was never presented with the opportunity of studying Buddhist philosophy and practice in a systematic way.
For me, this course is no less than life changing. My perspective towards life and relationships is becoming wider. I am much less prone to anxiety and depression due to difficult circumstances, and I am able to assist the people around me in ways I was not able to before (and also, out of selfishness, didn’t think that I should).
If possible, talk to someone who did this course with Geshe La. Ask questions. I believe you will feel the soundness of the teachings and the teacher, and if you have affinity for this kind of teachings, your worries will be mostly dispelled.
Being a monastic who is unable to participate in the Monastery’s full time intensive study of the Buddhist philosophy, the Nalanda Masters course was the perfect opportunity for me.
Geshe Dorji Damdul la is a skilful teacher who is able to make difficult concepts easy to understand, through interesting anecdotes and if necessary, repeated explanations with great patience. Being fluent and having strong command in both Tibetan and English languages, Geshe la is able to explain and convey accurately, meanings of the nuances found in many difficult passages in the texts.
After joining the course, participants like me have benefited greatly in terms of finally having the opportunity to study some of the precious texts composed by the Nalanda Indian and Tibetan masters and be inspired by the vastness, depth and profundity of the knowledge they possessed.