"Blessed is the birth of the Buddhas; blessed is the enunciation of the sacred Teaching; blessed is the harmony in the Order, and blessed is the spiritual pursuit of the united truth-seekers."
Buddhism is the fruit of an intensive search conducted over a long period of time by a noble prince, whose heart compassionately opened and extended to embrace, support and guide all suffering beings. This supreme flower of humankind is none other Gautama, the Buddha, who lived and taught in India in the 6th and 5th century BCE. So inspiring and pragmatic were his teachings that a fifth of the world’s population today devotedly follows Him.
Great role of Sangha members
After the Buddha it is the holy Sangha, who preserved pure teachings of the Buddha until now. The holy Sangha is custodian and torch bearers of heritage of Buddhas and Bodhisattvas. Without holy Sangha, Buddhasasana-the holy dispensation of the Buddha can not last long. Without the spiritual teachings of Buddhas humanity will be a world without sun! Therefore it is so important to provide high quality teachings and training to the young Sangha members. Guruji Sanghasena Mahathera studied and practiced the precious Dhamma, the teachings of the Lord Buddha found in Pali Tipitaka under Most Ven. Acharya Buddharakkhita in South India. After experiencing the benefits of the Dhamma himself, Guruji Sanghasena Mahathera returned to Ladakh, to offer the teachings of the Buddha to his fellow Ladakhis.
Despite all the humanitarian work undertaken by MIMC, Guruji Sanghasena Mahathera has not lost sight of introducing Ladakhis to both the theory and the practice of Buddha’s teachings found in Pali Tipitaka. That is a primary goal to fulfill spiritual needs of his people. In fact, the Dhamma is the foundation of the entire organization. Without the guidance of the Buddha’s teachings, MIMC might have developed into an organization without a goal. Therefore, to ensure the future of MIMC, in 2004 Guruji Sanghasena Mahathera took an essential step towards establishing the Monastery at the Devachan Campus to train a new generation of monks.
The Mahabodhi Jetavana Monastery was established on 17th July, 2004 with only a few monks in training. In 2005, the first group of 10 new young monks were ordained as novices and began their monastic education. Today, the Mahabodhi Jetavana Monastery is the only Theravada Monastery and training in the entire western Himalaya. Now 25 young monks of Mahabodhi receive an innovative and comprehensive training program from Guruji Sanghasena Mahathera and two other seniors monks. They study and practice the teachings of the Buddha as preserved in the Pali language, Tipitaka. However, they also receive a complete, modern secular education at the Mahabodhi Residential School. At Devachan, monks walk on the path of the Dhamma not only through secluded study and meditation but also through selfless service to those in need. Monks are the community leaders of MIMC, who guide all aspects of the works, ensuring the moral and spiritual integrity of the organization.
The students are those who wish to lead a life renunciation and simplicity. Monastic life is dedicated to spiritual study and practice, compassionate service, and culminates in the quest for enlightenment. When a person of any age may renounce his or her household life and become a monk or nun, we are inviting applications from primary school students to allow for a sufficient period for preparation and training. A careful screening ensures that the wishes of the applicants and their families are fully respected. Throughout Ladakh and northern India, many children enter monastic life at a young age, but only the Mahabodhi Jetavana Monastery offers a unique course of study.
The monks will study a variety of primary and secondary source materials. This will include the original Pali discourses of the Buddha as well as ancient and modern commentaries.
Furthermore, they will receive a complete secular education approved by the Indian Ministry of Education. The monks will become proficient in Pali, English, and Ladakhi languages so that there will be no limits to how they may speaking and become competent teachers, healers and leaders of the community in the future.
On completing the training, the monks will supervise all the spiritual and humanitarian services program of the MIMC organization. There is an immense demand for a good Dhamma teachers from everywhere. We hope the next generation of monks will be confident and proficient in explaining the Buddha’s teachings in all parts of the world. After delivering the first discourse Lord Buddha said to his first disciples "Caratha bhikkhave cārika. Bahujanahitāya bahujansukhāya lokānukampāya atthāya hitāya sukhāya devamanussānaṃ mā ekena dve agamittha," “Go, monks, on tour for the benefit of the common folk, for the happiness of the common folk, out of compassion for the world, for the welfare, the benefit, the happiness of the gods and human beings.”
They will travelling to different parts of India- the birth place of Buddhism and dedicated themselves for teachings the precious teachings of Lord Buddha and for the restore to glory of Buddhas and Bodhisattvas. They will also travel around the world as messengers of peace, love, compassion and wisdom. For those who choose a lay life, we have no doubt that they will lead richer, more meaningful lives with the education and training they had received.
Your generous support is require to providing high quality traditional monastic education training as well as modern secular education. A Library, separate study and computer rooms are required. Scholarship is required for their higher studies and study in Myanmar/ Thailand. Sponsorship of a young monk requires US$700 per year which covers education, food, lodging, clothes, medicine etc.
“One who abides in the Dhamma, delight in the Dhamma, meditates in the Dhamma and bears the Dhamma in well in mind. He doesn’t fall away from the sublime Dhamma, the Buddha.”