Programs

The Sarnath International Nyingma Institute’s mission is fourfold: to sustain the roots of the Dharma; advance the study of classical Buddhist languages; empower the transmission of the Dharma; and to promote interdisciplinary collaborations. These four pillars: roots, study, transmission, and collaboration, create the possibility of bridging not only the East and West, modern and traditional thought, but also help to create the bridge between contemplation and action, resulting in a path of goodness in the world. Inaugurated in the winter of 2013, and blessed with the planting of a sacred sapling of the original Bodhi Tree under which the Buddha attained enlightenment, the Institute is the fruit of decades of cultural and religious preservation work carried out by our founder, Tarthang Rinpoche.

“To live simply, yet heroically, neither discouraged by the magnitude of the world’s suffering, nor disheartened by the seeming aloneness of the work, is to rest joyfully in an open heart, ready to serve the needs of other spontaneously, naturally, effortlessly, and perfectly. The activity of caring is a crowning jewel of what it means to be human.”

— Tsering Gellek

Sarnath Dharmachakra Program

Sarnath Dharmachakra Program

Every year since 2016, we host the ever-growing Sarnath Dharmachakra program with the Light of Buddha Dharma Foundation. In October 2019, we offered accommodation and food at SINI to 100 monks from Bangladesh, Myanmar, Thailand, Sri Lanka, Cambodia, Laos, and Nepal....

English for Dharma Purposes

English for Dharma Purposes

Vision The English for Dharma Purposes program grows out of the need to empower monastics (khenpos, lopons, and qualified lay practitioners) to learn English while gaining exposure to modern teaching methods, science, art, culture, and new fields of knowledge. This...

SINI Workshops and Seminars

Over the course of a weekend,  ten days, or even longer, SINI works with scholars and/or guest lecturers from a diversity of fields to explore new and important subjects with the monks. From learning about modern art and film, to conversations with scientists or...

Manjushrinamasanghiti Chanting Program

Manjushrinamasanghiti Chanting Program

International Manjushri Namasanghiti Chanting Program, Bodh Gaya The International Manjushri Namasanghiti Chanting Program was established in 2015 by Tarthang Tulku in order to support the revitalization of the recitation of this most sacred Sanskrit Buddhist text....

Tibet Peace Ceremony

Tibet Peace Ceremony

In 2015, Rinpoche initiated the Tibet Peace Ceremony which lasts for five days, following the Bodhgaya World Peace Ceremony. This rimed, or all-schools, ceremony is an opportunity to join in the river of blessings from all lineages, which culminates on the anniversary...

Four Noble Truths Pilgrimage and Seminar

Four Noble Truths Pilgrimage and Seminar

Upcoming Online Program: January 15-18, 2021 SINI’s signature annual program provides an opportunity to delve deeply into the most foundational Buddhist teachings at the very places they were delivered over 2500 years ago. The foundation of the Buddhist path lies in...

Tibetan Language On-line and in Residence

Tibetan Language On-line and in Residence

Tibetan Language in Residence All Roads lead to Sarnath The most effective and (I think) fun way of learning a foreign language is to immerse oneself into the world of native speakers. In the Fall of 2019, we provided such a special opportunity for Tibetan language...