Below is the provisional schedule for the entire Masters Program, started in September 2013.
There are holidays during the winter (usually 1 month) and the summer (usually 2 months). In addition there are three one-month lam-rim retreats - at the end of Ornament term 6, and at the end of the second and third subject.
Seven year schedule
Sept 2013 – June 2016: The Ornament consists of a total of 9 terms with an exam at the end of each term
mid-July to mid-August 2015: 1 month lam-rim retreat
- MIDDLE WAY
Sept 2016 – mid July 2018: The Middle Way consist of 6 terms with an exam at the end of each term
August 2018: 1 month lam-rim retreat
- TREASURY and VALID COGNITION
mid Sep 2018 – mid July 2019: Treasury consists of one term with an exam at the end of the term and Valid Cognition consists of two terms with an exam at the end of each term
August 2019: 1 month lam-rim retreat
- GROUNDS and PATHS OF SECRET MANTRA
mid Sep 2018 – mid April 2020: Grounds and Paths of secret Mantra consists of two terms with an exam at the end of each term
- GUHYASAMAJA TANTRA
mid April 2020 – mid July 2020: Guhyasamaja Tantra consists of one term with an exam at the end of the term
- FINAL REVIEW & EXAM
Sept 2020 – Dec 2020: The review period with final exam will take 3 months.
- FINAL RETREAT
Note: The Sangha of Nalanda has a commitment to perform the rains retreat each year, which normally falls during the summer/autumn months. During this time the Sangha is required to stay in the area. Therefore, we will try to schedule the annual summer holiday outside of the rains retreat period, so that the ordained students can leave the grounds if they wish to visit family etc. This means that the holiday months of July & August may change from year to year depending on the dates of the rains retreat.
The provisional daily schedule below reflects the equal emphasis on teachings, meditations, and tutorials with discussions and the different training elements included.
In this schedule, early mornings, late afternoons and evenings are left free; while personal practice, community service, and group practices such as pujas will require some additional time, this should allow for at least one long break each day for individual study. Resident students at Nalanda monastery do the daily meditations in a group, while non-resident students can do them in their own homes.