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Following the Samkhya school of philosophy, Kapil Ashram Sarnath is a spiritual abode that maintains a serene atmosphere for meditation. Headed by Swami Om Prakash Aranya, this peaceful setting allows visitors to participate in the meditation rituals twice a week. Located close to the Vajra Vidya Institute, which focuses on Buddhist philosophy, this is a contrasting change with more emphasis on Hinduism.
A seat of Buddhist studies, Vajra Vidya Institute in Sarnath has a captivating architectural style based on the ancient Nalanda Monastic Institute in Bodhgaya. Created by Thrangu Rinpoche in 1999, this monastery conducts short term classes in various Buddhist disciplines. The large shrine at the center of the campus is the highlight of the place; it is amazingly adorned with red, green and golden color schemes with a large Buddha statue. Small golden statues of Buddha are also visible. The serene and calm campus has guesthouses and a cafe inside. It is located close to attractions like Deer Park, Thai Temple, Chaukhandi Stupa and Kapil Mandir.