5-Year Pali Sanskrit International Bhikkhu Exchange Program

The exchange program includes dialogues on topics such as Vinaya, and developing an understanding of the different cultures and traditions. This experience proves to be enriching and immersive for the monks who have been specially chosen to participate in the program.


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The first year of Pali-Sanskrit Bhikkhu Exchange Program, which launched in December 2022, was successfully convened at Wat Pa Monastery in Bodh Gaya and attended by His Holiness the Dalai Lama. This was followed by 2-week of exchange programs, first at the Monasteries of Drepung, Gomang and Loseling in South India, then continued in Sri Lanka and Thailand during January and May of 2023 respectively.


The second year of the 5-Year Pali Sanskrit International Bhikkhu Exchange Program will see it further expand to include monks from the Vietnamese Buddhist tradition.




The exchange program includes dialogues on topics such as Vinaya, and developing an understanding of the different cultures and traditions. This experience proves to be enriching and immersive for the monks who have been specially chosen to participate in the program.


Over the course of the five years, the exchange program aims to benefit more than 250 monks across the different traditions.