Drepung Loseling Pethub Khangtsen Education Society Leh (DLPKES) is a registered organization dedicated to promotion of education and cultural preservation through Buddhist tradition of wisdom and compassion. In order to fulfill the vision of 19th Bakula Rinoche, DLPKES was established in 2005 by alumni of Drepung Loseling Pethub Khangtsen, Karnataka, under the guidance and patronage of Gaden Tri Rinpoche.
Traditionally, the monks from Gelugpa school in Ladakh completed their basic education in Ladakh and for further education they travelled to Tibet for studying at the “great three” Gelukpa monastic university of Tibet i.e. Drepung, Gaden and Sera monasteries.
Drepung was known for the high standards of its academic study, and was called the Nalanda of Tibet, the great ancient Buddhist monastic university of India. It was divided into what are known as the seven great colleges: Gomang (sGo-mang), Loseling (Blo-gsal gling), Deyang (bDe-dbyangs), Shagkor (Shag-skor), Gyelpa (rGyal-pa) or Tosamling (Thos-bsam gling), Dulwa (‘Dul-ba), and Ngagpa (sNgags-pa). The most venerable present Gaden Tripa Rizong Sras Rinpoche and the 19th Bakula Rinpoche were among many Ladakhi monks who studied in Drepung Loseling Pethub Khangtsen in Tibet and became well versed in Buddhist philosophical studies.
However, after the Chinese invasion of Tibet in 1959, the above great institutions of Tibet was re-established in the state of Karnataka, India on land given to the Tibetan community in exile by then Prime Minister of India, Pandit J L Nehru.Today, the Drepung Loseling comprises of twenty five Khangtsen-residential houses providing accommodation facilities for thousands of celibate monks. Every year, hundreds of new monks are admitted and many of them are from Ladakh.
Following the legacy of Drepung Loseling Monastery, DLPKES, Leh was established by the senior Ladakhi monks who had passed out from Drepung Loseling Pethub Khangtsen, Karnataka under the guidance and patronage of present Gaden Tripa Rizong Sras Rinpoche in 2005 to fulfill the vision of 19th Bakula Rinoche. H.E. the 19th Bakula Rinpoche dedicated his life for overall development of Ladakh with focus on promotion of education and cultural preservation through Buddhist tradition of wisdom and compassion. In line with the above motivation, DLPKES, Leh was formed with the following main objectives:
- Facilitating higher education of Ladakhi monks at Buddhist centres in south India and providing financial support for young monks who lacks access to education due to financial constraints
- Undertaking research and publication on language, literature, art, culture and reprinting of rare manuscripts
- Promoting Bhoti language & literatures by undertaking courses and research
- Conducting trainings, workshops, seminars etc. for promotion and advancements of Buddhist education.
- Preservation and Promotion of the unique culture of Ladakh through multi level training programme and creating linkages with contemporary community needs