The Yunnan Institute of Buddhist Studies, Diqing (also spelt as Dechen, Deqing, or Dêqên) Branch, is an important school of Tibetan Buddhism in the Yunnan province, situated 3,300 metres above sea level.
Established in 2005, the institute today has a total of 68 monks who are from monasteries in Yunnan, Sichuan and Tibet.
A picture in the article entitled “Monks study at branch school of Yunnan Institute of Buddhist Studies” (http://chinatibet.people.com.cn/ 96069/7762838.html) clearly shows a framed picture of the mandala of Dorje Shugden. This is an encouraging sign of the growth of Dorje Shugden’s practice, not only in the West but also within China and the Tibet Autonomous Region.
An excerpt from the article:
Monks have a class on Tibetan language at the Tibetan Buddhism branch school of the Yunnan Institute of Buddhist Studies, on the outskirts of the county seat of Shangri-la in Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture of Deqen, southwest China’s Yunnan Province, March 16, 2012. The branch school, with a total of 40 students registered at present, was established here in 2005. Those students of monks between 14 and 39 came from Tibetan Buddhism temples scatted in Yunnan Province, Tibet Autonomous Region and Sichuan Province. Their courses cover linguistic learning of Tibetan, Chinese as well as English, theory of Buddhism, and computer operation, whose tuition was paid by local government and the school. After years of study, students of outstanding achievements have opportunities to continue their studies at institutes of higher level in Beijing or Yunnan’s provincial capital Kunming. (Xinhua/Lin Yiguang) http://chinatibet.people.com.cn/96069/7762838.html
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