Geshe Jampa Kunchog Pryor
Founder of Scholastic Institute Chokyi Gyaltsen (SICGU) and SICGU Dhargey Publishing
1973: Began taking classes at the Library of Tibetan Works and Archives in Dharamsala. Attended classed on the Gradual Path to Liberation, classes on the Madhyamika School of philosophy and received the initiation of Heruka.
1974: Arrived in Kathmandu, Nepal for courses on the Gradual Path to Enlightenment during the months of April – May. Continued the course with a four month Vajrasattva retreat and teachings. Continued course on the Gradual Path to Liberation and received teachings on the Practices of a Bodhisattva.
1975: Returned to Nepal to continue learning Tibetan language and debate. Taught English at the Himalayan School in Kathmandu, Nepal. Returned to Dharamsala, India to continue studies in logic on the second chapter of the text Commentary on Valid Cognitions. In 1976 he continued studies of Tibetan language and Tibetan grammar.
1978-1995: At the invitation of the Abbot of Sera Jey Monastery, left Dharmsala for Sera Jey Monastic University in Bylakuppe, Mysore District, Karnataka State, India to begin studies in Buddhist logic and theory. Entered the University as a novice scholar.
Began studying texts on the following subjects: the three elementary texts of debate, the different types of mind, valid and invalid forms of reason, the four schools of Buddhist tenets, Grounds and Paths and the Seventy Meanings. After three years of study he attained the classification of “intermediate scholar”. This concludes the BA study.
During the next four years, he studied the advanced texts of the Abhisamayālaṅkāra based on Rang Gyupa School of thought and practice. These classes entailed studies of the root text of the Abhisamayālaṅkāra and its commentaries on the Sūtra of the Wisdom Gone Beyond. These commentaries included examinations by Je Rinpoche in his commentary Ser Ding, Namshe Nyingpo Gyen, which is the commentary by Gyalsab Rinpoche and the Sounds of the Fortunate Eon – commentary by Jetsun Chokyi Gyaltsen. Other courses of study included Rik, Sam Stuk, Jorlum, the twelve interdependent links and the commentary on the aspects of valid cognition (Prajñāpāramitā). This concludes the MA study.
1984-1990: Graduated to the next level of studies, necessary for the attainment of PhD Study. The course of study at this time was based on the theories held by the Madhyamika school of thought. This concludes the doctoral study.
1985: Received teachings and initiations from His Holiness the Dalai Lama on the practice of Tamdrin, Lam Rim Chenmo, Drung Nge, and the Golden Rosary.
Postdoctoral study: the texts Abhidharma and the Vinaya, completed in the year 1994. In 1995 after receiving Geshe degree, returned to the US to begin teaching.
Awards and recognitions
1982: received the highest award of debating excellence – the Rik-Chung Award. He also received letters of recommendation by the Abbot of Sera Jey University, Geshe Lobsang Thubten.
1985: Received special educational recognition from The Dalai Lama for debates held in his audience.