The Spirit of Nalanda Continues…

Deer Park Institute is a centre for the study of classical Indian wisdom traditions. Established in March 2006 on the campus of a former Buddhist monastic institute, it is a project under Siddhartha’s Intent Society.

Our core vision…

To re-create the spirit of Nalanda, the great university of ancient India in which all traditions of Buddhism were studied and practiced, alongside other schools of classical Indian philosophy, arts and sciences.


“Your work is to discover your world and then with all your heart give yourself to it.”

– The Buddha


“Throw your dreams into space like a kite, and you do not know what it will bring back, a new life, a new friend, a new love, a new country.”

– Anais Nin


“Holding on to anger is like grasping a hot coal with the intent of throwing it at someone else; you are the one who gets burned.”

– The Buddha


Buddha was asked, “What have you gained from meditation?”

He replied “Nothing at all! However, let me tell you
what I have lost: anger, anxiety, depression,
insecurity, fear of old age and death.”


“Don’t try to use what you learn from Buddhism to be a Buddhist; use it to be a better

– His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama


“Thousands of candles can be lit from a single candle, and the life of the candle will not be shortened. Happiness never decreases by being shared.”

– The Buddha

Deer Park Programs & Events

 Deer Park’s programs encompass the disciplines of listening, contemplating and meditating, leading to genuine understanding and realization.


Buddha Pāda Institute, a center to explore and celebrate India’s wisdom traditions and the ancient heritage of the Himalayas. Situated in a lush forest in the outskirts of Kalimpong, India, and managed under the aegis of Dzongsar Jamyang Khyentse Rinpoche, Buddha Pāda provides a space to connect with the wider world through study, music, art, poetry, drama and more.

Buddha Pāda Institute is also a platform for inquiry into Indian and Japanese culture through Contemplative Arts.