Namgyal Monastery in Dharamshala

Namgyal Monastery, the home of the Dalai Lama in Dharamshala

Namgyal Monastery, the home of the Dalai Lama in Dharamshala | Photo credit: Dave-Kleinschmidt/Flickr

Namgyal Monastery Overview

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When in Dharamshala, one must visit the Tsuglag Khang Complex and Namgyal Monastery, which is the home of the Dalai Lama, and also the largest Tibetan temple outside Tibet.

Namgyal Monastery was originally founded in 16th century Tibet by the second Dalai Lama. The monastery was established so that Namgyal monks could assist the Dalai Lamas in public religious affairs, perform ritual prayer ceremonies for the welfare of Tibet and function as a center of learning and meditation on the profound Buddhist treatises.

After the Chinese invasion of Tibet in 1959, when His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama was granted asylum in India, the monastery was re-established here to preserve and continue the Tibetan culture and traditions. The monks here go through a rigorous and streamlined course of training, which includes a study of philosophy, sacred arts, meditation and debates.

Even those who are not particularly inclined towards religion, will be fascinated by the serene ambience all around the campus and the imposing figures of Buddha.

  • Opening Closing Time 4:30 am to 8:30 pm

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Inside Tsuglagkhang Complex