Achievement to date of the three main objectives
- Until now, the year of 2018, eighty-seven of our students passed their geshe examination under the observation of the H.H. Menri Tridzin Rinpoche, the spiritual head of Bön religion and various important Bönpo masters and teachers. They are now giving teachings to other monks, as well as taking part in different monastic and social activities for the benefit of humanity and the tradition within many different parts of the world.
- Forty students of the meditation training class have also completed their course of studies so that we now have a group of serious and experienced practitioners to perform rituals, and to guide and practice meditation.
- In 1990, a traditional herbal medical school was started in a remote area of West Nepal under the guidance of this monastery. It has been of great benefit for the local people and for the students. Twenty-five students, including seven girls, were awarded their Traditional Herbal Medical Doctor degree.
- A new library, which allows easy and free access to Tibetan and Himalayan studies not only for monks-students in the monastery but also for anybody interested in this field, has been established. The library contains the complete Bönpo canonical texts and many collections of other Buddhist texts. There are also works from philosophical systems of other eastern and western traditions in various western languages.
- With the objective of saving precious and rare texts for publication in different forms, such as CDs, books, and tapes etc., we are computerizing the rare Bönpo texts and recording important teachings as well as ritual chants. We are also building a photographic archive.
- Publication of a yearly magazine containing articles and essays related to this tradition. We have also published several important works on various subjects related to Bön studies in collaboration with other academic institutions of eastern and western countries such as National Museum of Ethnology, Osaka.
- A research project on the effects of one of the many Bönpo meditation techniques has been carried out with some of our practitioners under scientific observation by leading American scientists.
As a consequence of all these activities, the monastery has assumed a place of considerable importance in its community. In Tibetan and Himalayan society, a monastery serves as a center for the social life of the community in many ways: it is the meeting point on festive occasions, people come here with physical and mental problems to find help and guidance, there are public prayers and meditations for peace and prosperity in the country and the world, sacred medicine is collected and consecrated, public lectures are given to reinforce faith in the peace and harmony in community, rites for the welfare of the deceased and of the living beings are performed, and the monastery is one example of a favorable environment with positive influence on its surroundings.