Chökyi Gyatso Institute
Founder and Spiritual Lead Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche / Drubgyud Tenzin Rinpoche
Address: Dechen Lhendup, Chökyi Gyatso Institute, Dewathang, Samdrup Jongkhar, Bhutan
Phone: +975-7-260123 / +975-17435506
Chökyi Gyatso Institute is a shedra (monastic college), offering a thorough education in Buddhist philosophy to more than 140 monks. It is also an active monastery with a busy schedule upholding the practice lineage of Jamyang Khyentse Wangpo. The monastery has a very close relationship with the local community. But what makes the shedra truly outstanding is its commitment to the environment and the community. The monastery is one of the first to declare a Zero Waste policy, encouraging the community to reconsider the habit of offering packaged biscuits and snacks, instead putting great value on traditional weavings, home-churned butter, locally grown organic vegetables. The monks have learned and instituted a number of sustainable practices since 2012.
Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche’s vision is to have a body of socially engaged, educated monks who are informed and involved in the world around them. Young monks at the shedra are participating in a pilot project to develop alternative, holistic curricula, integrating art and the environment into the classroom. The ground-breaking new curriculum introduces novitiate monks to the core concepts of the Dharma through interactive play, music, and arts.