SMD Main Campus

Thrangu Rinpoche founded Shree Mangal Dvip School (SMD) in 1987 with the aim to provide free education for the children from the high Himalayas of northern Nepal, many of which are lacking even the basic human needs of access to clean water and food.

The SMD main campus is situated close to the ancient Buddhist stupa of Boudhanath (a UNESCO World Heritage Site), about 10 km northeast of central Kathmandu, Nepal. We offer nursery to grade 10 to over 500 students ranging from the age of five to early twenties. Unfortunately, we are too crowded to offer grades 11 to 12; however, around 25 of our senior students remain with us in administrative, teaching and mentoring positions while continuing their education elsewhere. Over 60 former students are studying and/or working abroad, several on scholarship to finish their high-school (or equivalent) certification at top independent schools.

365 days a year, we house and provide for over 300 boarding students from mountain villages; they are joined from Sundays to Fridays by around 200 day students from across the Kathmandu valley, including nuns and monks from Thrangu Tara Abbey Nunnery and Thrangu Tashi Choling Monastery. We also offer training and employment to almost 100 teachers and support staff.

The children are given a secular education enriched by instruction in the “lama language” (Tibetan) and Himalayan culture. Our classes are instructed in English and follow the current Nepal government school curriculum (math, science, English, Nepali, social studies and computer studies). Important to the foundation and aim of our school is that our students receive the teachings of the Buddha with the inclusion of daily prayer and meditation.

The young monks and nuns have a more rigorous schedule. They study Dharma texts and learn practices and rituals when they return to their monastic setting at the end of the school day.

Watch Nelha’s story for an introduction to the school and campus: