Sharminub Institute for Buddhist Studies is nestled in the hills above Kathmandu by the coveted Raniban “Queen’s Forest”. The project is the brainchild of the late 14th Kunzig Shamar Rinpoche in collaboration with Dr. Ramesh Dhungel, a renowned Buddhist Scholar and the foremost historian on the lineage of the Shamarpa “Red Hat” lamas.
Shamar Rinpoche’s vision was to build a world-class institution of advanced studies in Buddhist history, philosophy, and practices and Himalayan languages, cultures, ecology, and geopolitics for both lay and monastic students. Currently, Sharminub Institute is organized as an advanced Master’s degree program through the Lumbini College of Buddhism and Himalayan Studies and serving also as shedra for advanced classical Buddhist studies for lamas of the Karma Kagyu lineage.
But once built, Sharminub Institute will be much more than just a classroom for students. It will be a place for advanced research and the translation of important Buddhist texts into Nepali and western languages. The campus will house an extensive comparative religions library, where scholars of all religious traditions can gather to learn and engage in constructive discourse.
There will be several large meeting halls for both domestic and international conferences. A commercial center is planned to meet the shopping needs of both the campus and the surrounding community and generate a source of income for the Institute so that it can be financially self-sustaining. At the top of the campus, with sweeping views of the Kathmandu Valley, there will be a resort to house short-term guests and international workers with an elegant rooftop restaurant.
Now is the time for Shamar Rinpoche’s students, supporters and devotees to united together and finish building Rinpoche’s dream. Nepal, birthplace of the Buddha, is the seat of Shamar Rinpoche’s vast activities in Nepal. Through Sharminub Institute, with its advanced training of both lay and monastic Buddhist teachers, we can spread the teachings of the Buddha to all corners of the world.