Kagyu Nalanda Institute is the result of H.H the 16th Gyalwa Karmapa's wish to construct a monastic center in South India. The Venerable K.C. Lama Kalsang Rinpoche and his son, Orgyen Samten Lingpa (Karma Rinpoche), are actualizing their root teacher's dream through dedicating their lives to the design, implementation and continuity of Kagyu Nalanda Institute. It reflects their combined values of spiritual training, co-operative leadership and mutual support between living beings and their habitats.



Our 6 year old, 100 acre campus is located in Bylakuppe, India; about 155 miles southwest of Bangalore. Bylakuppe is the largest Tibetan settlement in India, and the largest community of Tibetans outside of Tibet. The campus contains a main temple, administrative offices; and classrooms, dormitories, kitchen and dining room for 300 monks ages 5 to 95. We are restoring the natural habitat of our campus, developing waste management and renewable energy systems, and creating a self-sustaining organic farm to feed the monastery. The monks are solely responsible for the welfare of the campus surroundings.




The foundation of our philosophy is placing others’ needs before our own, for the betterment of society. Admission to the monastery is selective, assuring the highest degree of compatibility between our monks, our staff, and our vision. Training is rigorous, and emphasizes hands-on learning and the insights gained from direct experience, rather than theoretical learning and intellectual understanding. 


In the Tibetan monastic tradition, we are entrusted with the complete spiritual guidance and academic education of our monks. With minimal parental influences we quickly increase the monks’ capacity for compassion, and their motivation to act for the benefit of all beings.

We utilize yoga and Tai chi to improve self-discipline and well-being; community service and sports such as soccer to develop cooperation, teamwork and leadership skills; and environmental technology to teach problem-solving to preserve natural resources. We also offer courses in Buddhist philosophy, meditation, ceremony and thangka painting; and Tibetan, English and Chinese languages; as well as Kanada, the local Indian dialect. As a result of their comprehensive, integrated studies our monks become living examples of our vision.



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