Posted on June 15th, 2012

by Walter Jayawardhana

After Bihar, Uttar Pradesh and Jammu and Kashmir Arunchal Pradesh becomes the fourth state in India to receive the next fully fledged Buddhist Center by the allocation of funds by the  Central government of India

Its founder Tsona Gontse Rinpoche announced The Central Institute of Himalayan Culture Studies at Dahung in West Kameng District will now attain the status due to New Delhi’s recognition.

In the West Kameng District, where the institute is located, the majority of people, and 13 percent of the population of the people of Arunchal Pradesh follow Buddhism. India’s largest monastery Tawang is also in Arunchal Pradesh.

The institute, conceived by Rinpoche in 2000, had received the approval of the Union Cabinet on May 26, 2010 with a project cost estimated at Rs 9 crore and recurring annual cost of Rs 124.86 lakh.

“It began with a central government grant of Rs 97 lakh and has since grown into a good institute to fill the vacuum in imparting education on Buddhism,” Rinpoche said.

“I had pursued the Centre to establish such an institute considering the large number of Buddhist population residing in the Northeast,” he said.

He pointed out that with only 25 faculty members and limited infrastructures, the institute has so far produced two batches (18 each) of Shastri (equivalent to BA in Buddhist Philosophy) degree holders.

Besides teaching arts and crafts for self-sufficiency and sustainable development and preservation of ethnic identity to foster national integrity, the institute has been inculcating an awareness on the ecological balance and preservation of natural resources, he said.

He said the other three institutes are: Nava Nalanda Mahavihara, a deemed university, Central University for Tibetan Studies, Sarnath, Varanasi, and Central Institute for Higher Buddhist Studies, Leh


  1. Kit Athul Says:

    Mr. Walter Jayawardana, what is Crore? Is it somthing to do with COCAINE?

  2. Dham Says:

    Cocaine is the currency used in Tamil Nadu, not in Arunchal Pradesh.
    Look, may Be India finally realised that they should give up Hinduism. Or may be they bought Ben Silva’s Theory of Nirvana to get rid of Buddhist in India. HWo knows 1 crore of Buddhist in India may commit suicide.
    Whatever it is we should be happy that Buddhism finally getting some support from Indian government.

  3. Kit Athul Says:

    I hope Indians will not spred Dalilama Buddhsm and Bhutan Buddhism. Fortunately Sri Lanka do not have a medieval dictator (POPE) like Dalilama and this clown in Bhutan. These people preach some thing totally different from what GUTHAMA BUDDHA preached.

  4. appuhamy1 Says:

    “Large amounts of money in India are often written in the form “INR23 cr”, that is, 23,00,00,000 rupees (230,000,000 in Western notation). Although lakhs are used in Sri Lanka, most Sri Lankans do not use the term crore when referring to money, but they use the word “koatiya” (කෝටිය) to indicate 100 lakhs or ten million.

    “Very large amounts of money are often written or spoken in terms of “lakh crore”, e.g. one lakh crore rupees (or Rs.1 lakh cr) = Rs.(1,00,000 × 1,00,00,000) = Rs. 1 trillion; 1,000,000,000,000 in Western notation = 1012 rupees. This amount is also equal to ten kharab rupees according to the South Asian numbering system, but such terms are rare in common usage.”

    This is from the Wekipaedia

    Ambedhkar people carry on the flame of Buddhism in India. The other reason is Dalai Lama is in India. If you read books written by Dalai Lama you will be amazed. After Dharmashoka Dalai Lama is doing the greatest service for the spread of Buddhism in the world. It is not a different Buddhism he is spreading. He is colloborating with Bhikku Bodhi in the spread of the Dharma. Start reading Wisdom Publications. Thank you for your interest in Buddhism. We must encourage Buddhism in India.They gave us Buddhism. We must give it back to them,

  5. appuhamy1 Says:

    India will never convince itself that Buddhism should replace Hinduism,
    At present the Dalits who are oppressed by conservative Hindus opt for Buddhism.
    If our bhikkus are clever enough they could learn some Tamil,Telugu,Kannada or Oriya and preach them Buddhism.
    It was Buddhagosha hailing from South India whose mother tongue was Telugu came to Sri Lanka and
    learned Sinhalese and translated the whole Tripitaka back to Pali, which is our Tripitaka today.
    Some of our bhikkus could do a similar task by spreading Dharma in South India.
    Otherwise respect Dalai Lama who is trying to preach them them in English, without trying to insult him due to
    political prejudices of China

  6. Lorenzo Says:

    At last something I can agree FULLY with appuhamy.

    Thanks for the information. Learnt something new.


    True. SL should not invite Dalali Lama UNTIL China accepts him. After the Norweigian Nobel peace prize his conduct has been STRANGE.

  7. appuhamy1 Says:

    Sri Lanka has some difficulties with Dalai Lama as it cannot anger China over the issue.
    But it does not necessarily prove Dalai Lama is wrong. He is fighting for his people.
    Mr. Lorenzo has never agreed with me. I do not care whether he agrees with me or not.
    Dalai Lama has done great service to Buddhism, for which I respect him. I am not a politician.

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