Gyuto Monastery


The Gyuto Monastery is one of the most famous monasteries and specializes in the study of Tantric meditation, Tantric ritual arts and Buddhist philosophy. It was founded in Tibet in 1474 by the main disciple of the first Dalai Lama, Jetsun Kunga Dhondup. After the communist Chinese invasion of Tibet in 1959, the monastery was re-established in India.

Dharamshala, as the name suggests, is a religious abode for the needy. These religious abodes have grown up from the origin of different religions of the worlds and have guided the people of this serene hill station since time immemorial. Thus, along with the presence of many age-old Hindu temples and churches, a remarkable co-existence of the Buddhist monasteries is observed. One such place of utmost importance is the Gyuto Monastery in Dharamshala. Known all over the world for the heart-touching history associated with it, this monastery has always depicted how tantrism, a practice of the ancient black magic, can be used for the well-being of the people. Thus, as a pilgrimage site for the followers of Buddhism and as a site igniting many curiosities, the Gyuto Monastery is visited by people from all over the world.

One of the most famous monasteries in Tibet, the Gyuto Monastery is known for its study of Tantric meditation, Tantric ritual arts and Buddhist philosophy. It was founded in Tibet in 1474 by the main disciple of the first Dalai Lama, Jetsun Kunga Dhondup. After the communist Chinese invasion in 1959, the monastery was re-established in India.

The monks here practice the major Tantric texts including Guhyasamaja, Chakrasamvara and Yamantaka. They have passed these lineages on to the younger generation of monks for more than 500 years.

The main chamber of the monastery has a majestic statue of the Buddha and with the backdrop of the snow-clad mountains, this is an extremely serene and peaceful place to spend an afternoon.

History


Gyuto Monastery is located at Sidbhari, 6 km from Dharamshala on the main road to Palampur. It is the abode of Karmapa (Head of the Kagyu Tibetan Buddhism). Also called TCV School this monastery houses the image of Sakhyamuni Buddha enclosed in a small chamber. The Monastery was built in memory of Tibetan soldiers who lost their lives during Tibetan freedom struggle. The magnificent snow-clad Dauladhar forms the backdrop to the Monastery, thereby giving it an appealing look.

The structure of the stupa inside the Monastery resembles 'Ashoka stupas' of 3rd century BC. Present Karmapa Ogyen Trinley Dorje along with nearly 200 monks stays here. Tourists, spiritual seekers, nature lovers, adventure seekers and families will find a visit to the Gyuto Monastery ideal. Visitors can also take part in the prayers and Karmapa gives audience to public on Wednesdays and Saturdays.

Mid September to June is the ideal time to visit the Monastery. Buses are available from the main bus stand at Dharamsala to the Monastery. Bhagsung waterfall, Namgyal Monastery, Dalai Lama Temple Complex, Jawalamukhi Devi Temple, Tsuglag Khang, Kangra Valley, Dharamshala War Memorial, Aghanjar Mahadev Temple and Library of Tibetan Works and Archives are some other attractions near Gyuto Monastery.


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