Located in the village of Chowbaga in the suburbs of Kolkata
, the Hsuan Tsang Buddhist Institute is an ideal destination for Buddhist education and meditation. The institute has been named after Hsuan Tsang, the great pilgrim, scholar, and Buddhist monk of the 7th-century, also called San-tsang, Sentsang, "Tripitaka," or T 'ang-seng, (600-664). Hsuan Tsang was one of the four great translators of Sanskrit texts of Chinese Buddhism.
The institute was co-established by the Hsuan Tsang Temple in Nalanda, near Bodh Gaya, and Drepung Gomang Monastic University, run by the Drepung Gomang Monastery, in Mundgod, Karnataka. It trains the students in both Tibetan and Chinese traditions of Buddhism. The institute hopes to offer qualified personnel for academic research and aims at the preservation of both traditions, as well as the cultural exchange between them. Besides, the Hsuan Tsang Buddhist Institute intends to offer English language and computer courses.
Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose International Airport is the closest airport and Sealdah Railway Station is the nearest railhead.