OUR BEGINNINGS

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It had long been the ambition of Khöndung Gyana Vajra Sakya Rinpoche to create an institution where monks could receive a world-class education in conjunction with the teachings of the Buddha and where the legacy of the Sakya Tradition of Tibetan Buddhism could be preserved for future generations.

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Rinpoche's vision finally became reality in April 2016, with the start of the first academic year at Sakya Academy. Our monks are now following the standard national curriculum, as well as learning Tibetan, English and Hindi. In parallel to this, they are still pursuing their traditional Buddhist scriptures studies and practising mindfulness meditation.

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Rinpoche and his wife, Her Eminence Dagmo Sonam Palkyi Sakya, nurture their school children as if they were their own. Their daughter, Jetsunma Ngawang Tsejin Lhamo Sakya, attends the school's Kindergarten.

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OUR VISION

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We aim to shape a new generation of Tibetan Buddhist monks into highly educated adults, immersed in the core teachings of the Buddha, and equipped with the strength of character needed to be good leaders. 

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Our monks wholeheartedly embrace this vision and are striving heart and soul to live up to the expectations that have been placed upon them. They study hard, they take care of each other, they are polite to their teachers and they are joyful.

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Their curiosity and thirst for learning are unquenchable, as is their desire to develop along the Dharma path. The strides that they are making in this direction are both deeply touching and inspiring.

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OUR WORK

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Our work is a bold enterprise, one that begs a passionate engagement from everyone that is involved in it. We have 216 children who, at best, have had a very rudimentary exposure to normal school subjects. 

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Our older children, who were transferred from Sakya Centre monastery in Dehradun, had so far been immersed in a strictly monastic curriculum, dedicated to the memorising of scriptures, with only very basic tuition in Tibetan, Hindi, English and Maths. The newer arrivals, on the other hand, had little or no education at all, and most of them needed to be taught to read and write.

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Our children range in age from 4 to 17, and our sets currently run from Kindergarten up to Class 5. We are hoping to see all our students through secondary schooling and beyond. In the light of the dedication and enthusiasm of our teaching staff and of the children themselves, there is no doubt that this will come to pass.

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