In 1993 the then Secretary Geshe Dawa Jigmet went to Ladakh under the request of other seniors monks to check a land for setting up of an NGO which was offered by the local people of Saboo where Geshe Dawa was born, thus making the development of the Ngari Institute possible.
To save the property for future purpose, the then president registered the land under the name of Ngari Institute of Buddhist Dialectics, in accordance with the state law. The name came from the Ngari House of Sera Jey monastery where the Ladakhi students were enrolled. Geshe Chowang took responsibility for the project site after the society was registered under Jammu & Kashmir State law. After the passing away of Geshe Dawa Jigmet in a tragic road accident, now there are modest quarters for the monks who are furthering the project, and other buildings are being raised.
In 2007 Geshe Tsewang Dorje was invited to take full responsibility for this project. (“Geshe” is like professor; it is the degree available within Buddhist monastic education, and Geshe Tsewang is a Lharimpa Geshe, meaning he has earned the highest level of geshe degree.) Geshe-la eagerly accepted and began to gather resources to start the construction of the girls’ and boys’ hostels, the library, and the primary classroom building. Classes are now in session. In order to tell people about this project, Geshe-la has toured Europe, Southeast Asia, and North America, and he is very thankful for the help given to the children of the Ngari Institute. In the future, it may be possible to arrange more activities, including cultural performances of Ladakhi folk culture and also Buddhist performances such as the monk dances.
In 2010 Geshe-la appointed a group to search out children who would otherwise miss educational opportunities, especially orphans and extremely poor children in the Changthang area, which runs between Tibet and Ladakh. These children will be able to receive a modern education without having to lose the chance to learn about Tibetan Buddhism. If modernization wipes out cultural traditions, the benefits and losses cancel each other out, but the Ngari Institute is developing a form of modern education that does not discredit or subvert cultural heritage.
In 2011 first batch of Students are enrolled with 25 numbers, out of that 14 are girls and 11 are boys from the age of 6 to 14 both boys and girls. And Second batch of students are enrolled with 5 numbers, out of that 3 are girl and 2 are boys, currently the Institute is offering free classes in Buddhist studies in our own Library and with 30th students for free education with all the accommodation in “A”&”B” Block Hostel, from all over the Ladakh, The Ngari Institute will take care their daily needs, giving them room, board, tuition fees, book and clothing allowances, and access to medical care. Students will follow the standard government educational curriculum during the day and will learn about Tibetan culture and spirituality during the after-school hours.
At present the educational coordinators are:
- Geshe Tsewang Dorje (Ph.D, Sera Jey Monastery) President
- Geshe Lobsang Thinley (Ph.D, Sera Jey Monastery) Vice- President
- Ven. Dr. Ngawang Yeshi (Ph.D, Sarnath), – Secretary
- Ven. Shastri Kunsang Namgyal (Shastre, Sarnath) – Accountancy
- Ven. Ngawang Gyatso (Govrt Teacher) Member