saka dawa 00Vesak Day ceremony was held at Sera Jey Bangalore Buddhist Society for two days on 20th & 21st May 2016. Sera Jey Khen Rinpoche (abbot) presided the main ceremonies of the two day program, along with senior members of the administration committee and member monks. The two day ceremony was attended by members and devotees of the society and Tibetan community in Bangalore.

Khen-la-duemang (abbot/former abbots. lamas and member monks) of Sera Jey Monastery and on behalf of all our affiliated centers, monasteries and their respectful members, offer profound respect and prayers to His Eminent Kyabje Khensur Rinpoche Geshe Lobsang Palden, who passed away on 1st May 2016 at Taipei, Taiwan.

Khensur Rinpoche was a highly respectable and learned senior monk of the monastery, who has given extensive teachings to thousands of pupil monks at Sera Jey. He has served as the 73rd abbot of Sera Jey Monastery from 23rd March 2005 to 5th May 2012, during which many developments were undertaken.

We offer our sincere prayer and respect to late Khensur Rinpoche

125 monks from Sera Jey Monastery including Khentsap, Omze (chant master), chanzo (administrator) and DoE head participated in the 'Prayer for Peac'e at the "125th Birthday Celebration of Dr. B.R Ambedkar" at Vidhana Soudha, Bangalore, on 14th April 2016, organized by Social Welfare Department, Government of Karnataka.

The prayer ceremony was attended by Karnataka Chief Minister - Shri Siddaramaiah, ministers and departmental officials, who greeted and felicitated the monastery's dignitaries and monks for participating and performing the prayer offering.

Regional Directors and delegates from IGNOU Bangalore Regional Centre and IGNOU Mysore Study Centre visited Sera Jey Monastic University on 19 March 2016 to inaugurate the IGNOU Study Unit.

Earlier in the morning an official meeting was held with the abbot, administrator, education department and IGNOU Student's Committee. A formal exchange of greetings and information was made, followed by deliberation on the prospect of IGNOU educational scope by the Regional Director & Asst. Director. Discussions was done on the prospect for establishing a IGNOU Special Study Centre at Sera Jey in the near future.

After the meeting the monastery's abbot inaugurated the ribbon cutting ceremony of IGNOU Class and the Regional Director inuaugurated the IGNOU Office at Sera Jey, followed by a lamp lighting ceremony and addresses from the Abbot, the Regional Director & the Asst. Regional Director.

A short workshop was conducted by IGNOU Asst. Regional Direcor, on IGNOU Study program and criterias for enrollment to IGNOU enrolled students and prospective new student monks.

Tsokhram Geshe Graduation Ceremony for the academic year is scheduled from 7th – 9th March 2016. It is the second highest Geshe order in rank among the four. This year there are nine pupil candidates who will receive the Tsokhram Geshe title during the three day graduation ceremony.