|| Daily Routine
|500 ||Rising time|
|500 to 700 ||Morning study|
|700 to 830 ||Breakfast time|
|830 to 1100 ||Morning class|
|1100 to 1300 ||Lunch Break|
|1300 to 1500 ||Afternoon Revision class|
|1500 to 1530 ||Evening Tea Break|
|1530 to 1630 ||Evening class|
|1630 to 1700 ||Recess|
|1700 to 1800 ||Debate class|
|1800 to 1930 ||Super time|
|1930 to 2130 ||Night study|
|2130 to 2230 ||Night Tea Break|
|2300 ||Bed time
On Saturday, the same timetable is followed until 830 hrs. But instead of morning classes, debate tests are conducted upto 1030 hrs. After that the students are free to go out until 2100 hrs when everyone should be back in the Institute compound. Sundays are fullday
holidays and everyone is free upto 1930 hrs. At 1930 hrs, everyone must be present
for the debates held in groups. On the weekends, the students run their errands
or watch television provided by H.H. Penor Rinpoche as a part of holiday entertainment.
Most of the students stay in the Institute cleaning their apartments and washing
Holidays and Vacation
Besides the holidays on the weekends, there are also a few
one or twoday long recesses at different occasions. There is only one long
vacation in the whole year and that is normally taken after the completion of
the academic session. After completing the examinations, there are three days
of picnic. The Institute remains closed after this and most of the students go
home. Those who stay back can get food from the monastery and attend retreats
conducted by H.H. Penor Rinpoche. H.H. Penor Rinpoche gives instruction on Preliminary
Practices, Tsalung and Dzogchen during the retreats. The vacation starts from
mid of eleventh Tibetan month which usually falls in January and ends at the
beginning of the second month which roughly falls at the beginning of April.
Anniversaries & Festivals
Mani & Siddhi Dungdrub, one of the largest festivals and religious celebrations in the Namdröling Monastery is held in the first Tibetan month. However, the Institute remains closed at that time. The second biggest festival, Palyul Drubchoe, in the fourth Tibetan month, is conducted with a week?long sadhana practice, firepuja,
mask dances, etc. The entire Monastery, Institute and the primary school participate
in it. The Anniversary of Mipham is the most grandly observed commemoration that
the Institute arranges on its own. Huge magnificent religious cakes are made,
the monastic hall is beautified in and out, large amounts of Tsog are distributed,
discourses and debates are conducted by individual students before the public
during the anniversary.
Bimonthly Sojongs (Purification Ceremony) are regularly conducted by the Institute. From the mid of sixth Tibetan month, the whole of the Institute observes Summer Retreat for one and a half months and conducts public discourses and debates at the end of the retreat. Almost every year, NNI holds Seminars on the selected Buddhist topics which are regarded as abstruse and complicated among all Tibetan Buddhist denominations. The Anniversary of Longchen Rabjampa is being held by the monastery in the twelfth Tibetan month but unfortunately the Institute remains closed at that time of the year.
May the victory banner of Ngagyur teachings rise and wave, And the drum of Dharma resound through all directions!
May the lions roar of reasoning reach all realms,
And the light of supreme virtue shine forever.