Department of Religion and Culture’s Monastic Assessment Committee Presents Report of their Findings to His Holiness the Dalai Lama

Department of Religion and Culture’s Monastic Assessment Committee Presents Report of their Findings to His Holiness the Dalai Lama.

Dharamshala: The Department of Religion and Culture, Central Tibetan Administration, held a closing meeting of the assessment committee to prepare a report of their finding to be presented to His Holiness the Dalai Lama.

The 14th Tibetan Religious Conference‘s 13th resolution of its first agenda requires the Department of Religion and Culture to set up an assessment committee to investigate the deterioration of the religious traditions across Tibetan monasteries based in India, Nepal, and Bhutan. Accordingly, the department appealed to religious heads of all schools of Tibetan Buddhism and Yungdrung Bon to send two representatives from each school as members of the committee, following which the committee was formed.

This year, on 9 and 10 April, the committee members gathered at the Department of Religion and Culture and devised a scheme to assess the exposition and study of religious theories and practices, instruction of Vinaya rules (monastic discipline), and incorporation of modern education, health, and science at the monasteries. The committee further established a form to be employed for the assessment.

From 11 April to 24 May, the committee dispatched four teams of three members to their assigned monasteries and thus far conducted meticulous evaluations at 76 monasteries.

Thereafter, the department convened members of the committee from 25 to 30 May and drafted a report of their assessment that was later presented to His Holiness the Dalai Lama during a special audience on 31 May.

-Report filed by Department of Religion and Culture, CTA



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