“When one enters a monastic sangha, then one has, logically the time, the space to truly investigate the meaning of the Buddha dharma, or what it means to have compassion and wisdom.”

The Diwakar Buddhist School

The Diwakar Buddhist School, also known as the Takdah School, is a an elementary educational institution. It accommodates approximately 150 students and teachers. The school lies in a quiet and rural area about one hour away from Darjeeling. Classes are held in a traditional English school building which is almost 100 years old. The kitchen and the dormitories are in the new building.

Most of the students come from Nepal, Bhutan and India. Almost 60 are orphans and depend entirely on the School for their livelihood. The youngest boys are only 6 years old, the oldest students are fifteen.

The language of instruction is Tibetan but the students also learn Nepali, the language mainly used in the area, as well as English. Students also receive an introduction into Buddhist Philosophy and rituals in order to prepare them for the shedra. On the campus they also have the possibility to play volleyball, football and badminton as well as do other sports.

Following the wish of 14th Shamarpa, we do our best to raise these children and give them not only a bed and an education, but also spiritual value and ethics that will guide them throughout their life.