His Eminence Choden Rinpoche’s Vision for Awakening Vajra
Awakening Vajra’s goal is to revive and propagate the classical Buddhist studies of the original Indian monastic university of Nalanda. This legendary center of learning, considered to be the primary source of all Mahayana Buddhist philosophy, was active for seven hundred years. It was home to renowned Buddhist philosophers, scholars and practitioners such as Atisha, Chandrakirti, and Nagarjuna. The center was a magnet, attracting numerous Buddhist scholars and practitioners from as far away as China, Tibet, Korea, and Central Asia. The courses of study embodied the original teachings of the Buddha and were further developed through the rich philosophical, psychological and spiritual insights of many great Buddhist masters at the university. His Holiness the Dalai Lama has encouraged students to study the Nalanda tradition from which Tibetan Buddhism originated, and has expressed his support for Awakening Vajra’s project of reviving Nalanda’s curricula. Central to the curricula were five branches of training that included Buddhism (both Sutra and Tantra), Astrology, Linguistics, Medical Healing, and Art.