Pema Ts’al Sakya Monastic Institute is a unique and beautiful place, situated on a quiet hilltop. It offers a panoramic view of the Fishtail and the Annapurna Himalayan Mountain range. It is about 20 minutes north of Lakeside beside Fewa lake, a popular tourist destination, in Pokhara, Nepal’s second largest city.
Pema Ts’al Monastery is a thriving modern monastic community dedicated to educating Buddhist monks and preserving the ancient Sakya Buddhist traditions. It is home to many young students from the inaccessible and impoverished Himalayan Region, Tibetan Refugee and Nepali Buddhist communities.
The Institute was founded by the Venerable Khen Rinpoche Pema Wangdak and the Venerable Khenpo Kunga Dhondup under the guidance of His Holiness the 41st Sakya Trizin. Venerable Khenpo Kunga Dhondup and Venerable Khenpo Jampa Dhakpa are senior and junior residential abbots of the monastery. Venerable Lama Tashi Wangyal is the principal of the monastery.
Pema Ts’al was established on March 13, 1999, in Kathmandu, Nepal and in February 2002, the monastery relocated to Pokhara, Nepal. Pema Ts’al is a non-profit educational monastery registered (No: 1355/061/62) and audited by the Nepal Government since 2004. Presently, it has 120 students studying a comprehensive educational program sanctioned by the Nepali Government.
After completing both Class 8 studies and training in the Monastic Rituals, our senior students then progress to formal Buddhist philosophical studies known as Shedra.