Pal Ewam Namgyal Monastic School, Mustang (Summer Session)
The Pal Ewam Namgyal Monastic School, Mustang, was started on July 10, 2005- a day corresponding to the Buddha’s first turning of the Dharma wheel after his enlightenment. 16 young boys were ordained as monks. Ven. Khenpo Tsewang Rigzin received the blessings of H.H. the Sakya Trizin Rinpoche; the late H.E. Chogye Trichen Rinpoche; H.E. Luding Khenchen Rinpoche; H.E. Ngor Thartse Rinpoche; and the late H.E. Khenchen Appey Rinpoche.
The school started as a primary school. Currently, there are almost seventy students ranging in age from 5 to 16 years, studying in classes starting from kindergarten to class seven. The school manages to provide the children accommodation, food, clothing, stationary, toiletry, healthcare and any other basic requirement, free of charge, owing to the kind contributions made by benevolent, hardworking individuals from different countries of the world. There are currently seven teachers working as permanent staff.
Pal Ewam Namgyal Monastic School, Pokhara (Winter Session)
The construction of the school in Pokhara was started in 2008. In 2009, when the first floor of the building was almost complete, the children studying in the preparatory class up to grade two were moved into the new building while the older students remained in Mustang. Later, when the construction was partly completed after receiving a grant from the Indian government (for the renovation of the Namgyal Monastery as well as for the construction of the school in Pokhara), the older students moved into the new building to join the younger ones already living there.
On 11 March, 2011 a grand opening of the Pal Ewam Namgyal Monastic School, Pokhara, was organized. Invited as the chief guest was H.H. the Sakya Trizin. Also to grace the ceremony with their presence were H.E Gyalyum Chenmo, H.E. Ratna Vajra Rinpoche; H.E. Tharte Khen Rinpoche; H.E. Shyabdrung Rinpoche; H.E. Trarig Rinpoche; H.E. Lo-Khenchen Shyabdrung Rinpoche; Dhakmo Kusho Kalden; along with other gurus of the Sakya school; representatives of His Highness Jigme Dorje Palbar Bista, the king of Mustang; sponsors; and residents of Mustang.
The school is located in a very peaceful and pleasant area in the lap of the Sarangkot hills, at approximately 10 minutes’ drive from the Halan Chowk at the Phewa Lakeside in Pokhara.
Different from the usual structure of holding the summer session in Mustang and the winter session in Pokhara, the entire academic years for the years 2011 to 2015 were conducted in Pokhara owing to the renovation being carried out at the monastery in Mustang. Though financially less practical and viable, 2016 will see a resumption of the old arrangement of holding the summer sessions in Mustang in order to meet the requirements of the local residents for our monks to perform different pujas and rituals for them.