Bir Educational Organisations & NGOs

Following is a list of the educational institutes and nonprofit organisations (NGOs) based in the greater Bir area. All of these organisations welcome public donations, and some also offer service opportunities for volunteers. See their respective websites for details.

Deer Park Institute
Centre for the study of classical Indian wisdom traditions, with courses on philosophy and meditation as well as a variety of creative and ecological programmes. (In Bir Tibetan Colony)  Go ›

Dharmalaya Institute
Eco-campus for sustainable and compassionate living, offering service-learning programmes, meditation/work retreats, volunteer opportunities, internships in eco-architecture and earthen building, organic gardening, and more. (In Ghornala, just west of Bir)  Go ›

Guna Institute
Offers a five-year intensive degree programme in Tibetan translation under the guidance of Dzigar Kongtrul Rinpoche. (In Bir Tibetan Colony)  Go ›

Palpung Sherab Ling Monastery
Monastic seat of Kenting Tai Situ Rinpoche (Karma Kagyü lineage), offering periodic courses in Buddhist mediation and philosophy. (In Bhattu, West of Bir)  Go ›

Shantideva Homeopathic Research Institute
Working to provide excellent homeopathic care for the local and international community in the Bir area, and expanding awareness of healthy lifestyles.  Go ›

Monastic Institutions in the Bir Area

There are a number of Buddhist monasteries and shedras (monastic colleges) in the greater Bir area. See our Monastic Institutions page.

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