SABA, a Charitable Trust founded by Thaye Dorje, H.H. the 17th Gyalwa Karmapa, South Asia Buddhist Association

Karmapa Center of Education

The vision of Karmapa Center of Education is to create an environment that provides the physical and spiritual conditions to inspire young people’s curiosity: to discover and explore all aspects of knowledge, and the timeless values of wisdom and compassion.

The education centers are designed to preserve the legacy of the Karma Kagyu lineage for the present and future generations.We believe the benefit will be immeasurable, as it will help young people to connect with their inner qualities and cultivate the courage to express them.

The concept of the Karmapa Center of Education springs from the great vision of Thaye Dorje, His Holiness the 17th Gyalwa Karmapa.

“Encourage young people. If you see sparks in their eyes, that they wish to explore more, that they wish to see what it means to have the luxury of time to reflect on the practice of compassion and wisdom.”

Thaye Dorje, His Holiness the 17th Gyalwa Karmapa

A New Kind of Education

At KCE, boys and girls are taught the Buddhist Dharma and the rituals of the Karma Kagyu lineage of Tibetan Buddhism by our resident senior monks. The unique feature of KCE is that it combines this Buddhist education with modern school facilities and follows the standard Indian national school curriculum (CISCE).
The KCE concept in brief:
·       Kindergarten
·       Elementary school
·       Secondary school from the 6th to the 12th grade
·       Traditional Buddhist temple with daily pujas
·       Tibetan language classes
·       Traditional Buddhist training
·       Library with Buddhist and classical modern literature
·       Arts and crafts workshops
·       Technology and Research Center
·       Guest house for visitors


At the end of their schooling, KCE students will receive a state-recognized diploma. Additionally, they will have acquired proficiency in a variety of languages, practical skills in several fields, as well as sound knowledge in different Buddhist subjects. This will offer them various opportunities:
They will have the possibility to move on to higher education, begin their working life or choose a monastic path. Those who decide on the monastic path can enter a Buddhist monastery or pursue their studies at a Monastic University (Shedra), from which they will graduate with the degree of a Buddhist teacher (Acharya).

The Curriculum

The uniqueness of this teaching approach can be illustrated through three pillars:

Our Team

The Karmapa Center of Education is led by a team of monastic and international friends. They take care of the management, administrative work and the educational part of KCE, backed by a network of external advisors.

KCE Team 
(from left to right: Switi, Mamta, Pema, Tsewang, Tsultrim Sonam, Jinpa, Dolsan, Anita, Sonam Dema, Bagya (down) Dargay and Diane)


Whom We Support

The different populations of the Himalayan regions carry a very rich cultural heritage and many have been followers of Buddhism for centuries. Buddhism is part of their tradition and plays an important role in their daily life. These families wish their children to receive an education which passes on the legacy of their culture and Buddhist methods. The monastic life is held in high esteem in these societies, rooted in deep faith and tradition.

The Master Plan

The property of KCE extends across 10 hectares and is located in Kalimpong, a hill station of the Himalayas.
The master plan of KCE provides facilities for 100 students, a large monastic Sangha, and guests from all over the world.


What we have achieved

We have completed these construction phases:

  • Three buildings accommodating classrooms for preschool and elementary school, a children’s library, as well as residential rooms for students and the working team.
  • The administrative building housing the kitchen, dining hall and a temporary temple room.
  • A building with premises for the Dharma library, an arts workshop, dormitories, and guest rooms.


The Temple – The next phase of Construction

The final and largest stage of construction comprises a rectangular-shaped building, housing a temple surrounding a central courtyard.

  • The 3-storey temple building will house the secondary-grade classrooms and labs.
  • The main temple hall on the top floor will provide space for 200 people.



Become a Patron of the Vision

The Karmapa Center of Education is growing thanks to the generous support of friends from all over the world. If you would like to become a patron of this great vision, join us. Thank you!

“Part of my vision
is to help establish schools, to serve the education and literacy of children, and support a new generation in the monastic sangha.”

Thaye Dorje, His Holiness the 17th Gyalwa Karmapa



We are happy to meet you at KCE!
Guests are most welcome at our center. We have several beautiful guest rooms of various sizes and facilities available for your stay.
Visiting us will give you the opportunity to build connections with our team and students, and to get a glimpse into the life of a Buddhist education center in the Himalayas. You are also welcome to spend time at KCE for your Dharma practice or just to relax in this beautiful setting amidst the mountains.
You are welcome to take part in our daily routines. For example, outside of school hours, you may like to do handicrafts, play games, sports or do yoga and other activities with the students. We are open to your talents and experiences that you would like to share with us.
Our Dharma library with Tibetan, English and German Buddhist literature is available to our guests. Part of the library is the library-garden, where you are invited to enjoy reading surrounded by nature.
Guest can also join the daily pujas in the temple, the morning puja (Tara) and evening puja (Mahakala). The temple is open the whole day for personal practice.
To deepen the practice, we have assigned a quiet meditation room with a large statue of the White Tara. The meditation room can be used for the daily practice but also for a personal short retreat. The meditation room has a meditation area, a sleeping area, and an attached bathroom.
The beautiful landscape around KCE invites for walks and visits to the nearby town Kalimpong. Day trips to nearby Sikkim or Darjeeling are also possible.
If you would like to visit us, please send us an email to or WhatsApp message, we will also be happy to help you with your travel plans and organize your pick-up from the airport.

Inauguration and consecration of Karmapa Center of Education
On 23 November 2015, Karmapa, conducted the consecration ceremony for the first three buildings of the Karmapa Center of Education  in Kalimpong. Read more