Tibetan Buddhism, particularly Vajrayana/Tantra teachings, are on the verge of extinction. The construction of an institute of Vajrayana has become a most urgent issue.
Generally speaking, there is no great distinction between the study of Sutrayana or Vajrayana. The Hinayana and Mahayana Vehicles belong to Sutrayana. Hinayana is for those who seek self-liberation due to fear of reincarnation and the pursuit of liberation from Samsara, leading to the practice to becoming an Arahat. The path of those who seek Enlightenment for the sake of all sentient beings by generating compassion is known as general Mahayana.
For Vajrayana practice, one should seek an authentic master, receive initiations for empowerment of the mindstream, and then listen, contemplate and practice. By cultivating this Vajrayana path, one can achieve complete Enlightenment quickly and benefit sentient beings continuously.
His Eminence Luding Khen Rinpoche initiated the construction of SIV in 2004 as a precious gift for the learning of higher Vajrayana Buddhism under the guidance and encouragement of the Late and Most Venerable Khenchen Appey Rinpoche. The inauguration took place in 2008 by His Holiness the Sakya Trizin, making it one of the most prestigious and highest Vajrayana institutes in India.
In 2009, Khenchen Appey Rinpoche visited SIV and to mark this special occasion Appey Rinpoche gave teachings by Sakya Pandita combining with Manjushri in the form of Guru Yoga. SIV's curriculum was extensively set down by Appey Rinpoche, including the texts to be studied in 2012. All preparation of the curriculum has been undertaken by H.E Luding Khenpo with assistance and support from the two Khenpo's of our Institute in accordance with Appey Rinpoche's instruction.
The curriculum texts to be studied are Guhyasamaja, Hevajra Root Text, Abhidhharma Kosha, Caturshataka Shastra, Pramana Yuktanidi, Abi Samaya Alanka Prajna Paramita, Madyamaka Avatara, Pramana Vartika, Vajra Panjara and Samputa Tantra. Additional classes will be studied in translation of Tibetan into Sanskrit and Tibetan grammar and poetry.
Our two Khenpo's, Khenpo Konchog Gyaltsen and Khenpo Palden Zangpo (Tsega), conduct two classes each per day. The classes span from 1.5 to 2 hours in duration. The days of our student monks start at 04:30am and finish at 10:30pm. A normal day is divided between puja, classes, debating and homework/research.
There are over 60 students studying the Sutras and over 30 students studying the Tantras.
Once the students graduate from the Sakya Institute of Vajrayana they will receive the following qualifications:
|Length of Study:||Qualification Obtained:||Contemporary Equivalent:|
|7 years||Shastri||Bachelors Degree|
|Additional 3 years of Tantra||Nga Rampa||No equivalent Western qualification|
Altogether 10 to 11 years of study needs to be completed at the Institute. After concluding the studies, if the scholars choose to they can undertake a major retreat and upon completion completion of the retreat they will receive the Vajra Master qualification.
Please click on the tabs below for a list of the subjects studied by the monks at SIV for 2015
|Two||Tsedma Rigter (Logic)||Great Sakya Pandita|
|Three||Abhidharma (Nomba Zu)||Four||Pratimoksa (Dulwa Dotsa)||Five (1)||The Sages Intent (Tubpa Gong Sal)||Great Sakya Pandita||Five (2)||The Four Hundred Verses of Madyamika||Arya Deva|
|Class||Name||Composed By||One||Hevajra Root Tantra||Buddha Vajradhara|
|Two||Jon Shing Chen Mo|
|Three||Gyud De Chi Nam|
1. According to the Vajrayana tradition it is said that during the Fortunate Aeon the 1,022 Buddhas, who had achieved up to the 10th Bhumi through the accumulation of merit over 3 to 36 kalpas (aeons), nonetheless had to achieve the 11th to the 13th Bhumis through the practice of Vajrayana to become a complete Buddha in the Akanishta realm. It is said in the Sutras: "The genuine Buddha is Fully Enlightened in the Akanishta realm." Buddhas who have achieved complete Enlightenment in the Akanishta realm, out of compassion for the sake of sentient beings who are suffering in samsara, manifest themselves in various forms such as Buddha Shakyamuni as if he had just attained Enlightenment and benefited all by turning the Wheel of the Dharma. It has been recorded that all the Buddhas of the past, present and future achieved complete Enlightenment solely through the Vajrayana Path. In order to study and practice the Vajrayana teachings it is necessary to build an institute.
2. The great master Ngorchen Kunga Zangpo was like a second Budddha, the second collector of the Buddha's teachings, particularly in the Vajrayana Tradition. Out of the numerous empowerments and the explanations of the Vajrayana teachings, he had given the complete set of Lam Dre Teachings 83 times and the Vajra Rosary empowerment 64 times. To ensure that these teachings of the authentic tradition of Ngorchen Kunga Zangpo are preserved and continued, the building on an institute is most important.
3. The purpose of the Buddha's teachings is to tame a wild mind. Whichever vehicle one uses for this purpose is equally useful as long as one puts in effort in listening and contemplating to achieve Enlightenment for the benefit of all sentient beings. There are already a number of Sutrayana colleges/academies established worldwide, yet there is none so far for the Vajrayana/Tantra. To ensure that the Vajrayana Tradition be revived, preserved and continued, especially for students who already possess the basic knowledge of the sciences and Sutras and those who have received important Vajrayana initiations, the construction of this institute will be useful for the practice of both the Sutrayana and, in particular, the Vajrayana. Although presently this institute is for monks only, it is hoped that it will develop to accommodate nuns as well as all other lay Buddhist practitioners.