Governor inaugurates Nyingma Institute of Higher Studies at Martam

Gangtok, 29 May:

Governor ShriniwasPatilinaugurated the Nyingma Institute of Higher Studies at Martam, East Sikkim, on Tuesday in the presence of RigzinDorjee Rinpoche, the founder of the institute, informs a press communiqué from Raj Bhawan.

Members of Nyingma Foundation Trust, monks and representatives of prominent monasteries from across the State, local gentries and scholars from within and outside the State and large number of devotees were present on the occasion.

On reaching the institute, the Governor was accorded a ceremonial reception by the monks and Khenpos of the institute and was escorted to the main chapel. The Governor offered prayers and witnessed the traditional Cham presented by the monks of the institute. He presented the certificates to the scholars who have completed their higher studies and felicitated Ladakhi& Sons, the contractor and other trust members for their contribution to build the institute of such prominence, the release mentions.

Addressing the massive gathering of monks, devotees and students, the Governor mentioned the significance of Sikkim in both Hinduism and Buddhism. Stating that with the presence of highly reputed Buddhist Monasteries of various sects alongside newly established Buddhist centres, Sikkim has firmly established itself as a prime pilgrimage centre for Buddhists all over the world. He added that lasting peace and tranquillity, hospitable people and its pure environment has made the state a tourist choice over the years. He further said that now the time has come for Sikkim to be developed as higher education hub for both modern and spiritual education. He also mentioned that establishment of Buddhist University at Namgyal Institute of Tibetology, Deorali is a step in this direction which will definitely serve the larger purpose.

Hailing the establishment of the institute and the initiative of RigzinDorjee Rinpoche, the Governor urged everyone present to collectively work for the betterment of society and the State and imbibe the values that Lord Buddha taught us.