Tibetan Buddhist Centre Opens in Qinghai
Dear friends around the world,
I recently came across this article and thought it was interesting, so I wanted to share it with all of you. The article reports on the new Tibetan Buddhist Institute in Hainan Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture, Qinghai Province, China. The recently established centre offers an extensive education programme to the 120 monks who have enrolled there. The idea behind the Tibetan Buddhist Institute was originally proposed by the omniscient His Holiness the 10th Panchen Lama, and four other institutes have been set up in other areas as well.
It is wonderful to read that the practice of studying Buddhism is still strong and alive in China. It goes to show that even the younger generations are interested in their spiritual journey to enlightenment, and that people still listen to the advice of the great and holy beings such as the Panchen Lama for the betterment of themselves and the world.
Tibetan Buddhist Center Opens in Qinghai
By Chen Heying | Source:Global Times | Published: 2016/11/10 23:08:39
120 lamas to study classics, politics for higher degrees
A new Tibetan Buddhist center was recently established in Hainan Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture, Qinghai Province, to teach Buddhist classics and political theories.
The Qinghai Tibetan Buddhist Institute, which held an opening ceremony on Monday, has enrolled 120 lamas. There are two classes, one for Chin Ram Pa, the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree and the other for Chan Ram Pa, equivalent to a master’s degree, tibet.cn, a website affiliated with the Chinese central government, reported on Sunday.
The curriculum will include Buddhist theories, Tibetan and mandarin Chinese languages, as well as political theories.
“Monks generally start to learn Buddhism in their temples and receive further education in institutes of Tibetan Buddhism, which are established by branches of the Buddhist Association of China in Tibet, Northwest China’s Qinghai and Gansu provinces, and Southwest China’s Yunnan and Sichuan provinces,” Zhu Xiaoming, former Party chief of China Tibetology Research Center, told the Global Times.
Tibet and the Tibetan-inhabited areas in four other provinces have set up one Tibetan Buddhist institute each following a proposal by the late 10th Panchen Lama. The number of students ranges from 100 to 400, according to media reports.
“The number of monks who are allowed to learn both in temples and in institutes is limited,” Zhu said.
According to Freedom of Religious Belief in China whitepaper in 1997, China has more than 13,000 Buddhist temples and about 200,000 Buddhist monks and nuns. Among them, 120,000 are lamas and nuns.
In Qinghai Tibetan Buddhist Institute, only 120 lamas were selected from some 400 candidates based on an entrance test. The exam focuses on Tibetan language and politics, said tibet.cn.
Monasteries, in particular, need to apply to local religious affairs authorities for more enrollment quotas before allowing more monks to study, Zhu said.
The local government in the Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture of Garze, Sichuan Province renovated residential buildings at Larung Gar, one of the world’s largest Buddhist learning centers, and expelled unregistered students, in response to a steady influx of tourists.
A new regulation introduced in 2015 specified that the High-level Tibetan Buddhism College of China will now only award the Tho Ram Pa diploma, an academic rank equivalent to a doctoral degree. The Chi Ram Pa diploma will be administered by Buddhist colleges at lower levels which are already responsible for the Chin Ram Pa, the Xinhua News Agency reported in July 2015.
According to the new regulation, China’s Buddhist colleges may enroll overseas students and scholars, but to obtain a diploma, they must meet the same requirements as Chinese applicants.
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