Our Average Day..

A Typical Day


6:00: Monks wake up and do morning prayers until breakfast

6:30: Breakfast – Tibetan bread and Tibetan butter tea.

After Breakfast: Monks study, have classes and prepare for morning debate last two hours or until lunch.

11:30: Lunch. Monastery food is always vegetarian. 
After Lunch: The whole monastery rests for an hour

1:30: Monks have afternoon classes and study throughout the afternoon.
4:30 Dinner-time

After Dinner: Monks prepare for evening debate.

6:30  Debate: 
Evening debate is a vigorous examination of the days lessons and will usually last for two hours.
After debate: Monks will study until 11:00 or 12:00 in the evening

Bedtime: bedtime is usually around 11:00 for most monks. 


A little more information

We receive monks from Western Tibet and also from the Himalayan region of Ladakh, Lahoul and Spiti and Nepal. The youngest ones are  about 6 years and the oldest is close to 85. 
Mostly the younger monks belong to less privileged section of the community and the Khangtsen has to provide for their accomodation, clothing and their other physical needs, as well as their education. Some indeed are refugees without any means of sustenance, perhaps not even having parents alive!
If you have the means to help a young child to pursue his studies and maintain his health in exile, please feel free to donate any amount.
All students from a very young age must follow comprehensive studies, including regular Indian state-approved schooling. Students living at the Khangtsen receive a Khangtsen guardian who is directly responsible for the health and education of the novice under this care.

Students start regular school at 6 years of age, continue for the 10 mandatory years of schooling following the Indian educational system, and then proceed to pursue the higher Geshe-degrees in Buddhist Philosophy.
Some of the less fortunate children arriving as refugees and without parents in their new home country, can start the appropriate level of schooling regardless of age. This means in practice that a 12-year old who cannot read and write will be allowed to study with the younger kids, until he catches up.
If the students are lucky enough to have parents or relatives who can visit, they are allowed to do so once or twice a year.
If you have the means to help a young child to pursue his studies and maintain his health in exile, please feel free to donate any amount.


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Traditionally monks have been dependent on and supported by the families and the community in which they live. In exile, this has proven to be very difficult.
A lot of the families are too poor to help, or on the "wrong" side of the Indian/Tibetan border.

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