Gyuto Monastery

Located in Dharamshala, Himachal Pradesh, the Gyuto Monastery is home to 500 monks. Dressed in their traditional maroon robes, these monks practice Tantric philosophy. As a visitor, you're welcome to walk the grounds and watch the monks as they perform their daily rituals. Learn more about the Gyuto Monastery so that you can understand and absorb the significance of this holy space.

Historical Highlights

As far back as 1474, followers practiced Tantra in Tibet. In the 1950s, however, His Holiness The Dalai Lama had to flee Tibet for India. Although there was a monastery in Tibet, a new structure was eventually built in Dharamshala.

Specifically, it's the Gyuto Order who practices at this monastery. Through mantras, chanting and other activities, the monks focus on enlightenment and enhanced human experiences as they practice Buddhism. Overall, The Dalai Lama directs all religious practices so that they align with proper Buddhism. Because The Dalai Lama is in permanent exile, this monastery will remain at Dharamshala indefinitely.

Tantric Studies

Each day, the monks are on a quest for enlightenment through memorizing texts and taking classes. Typically, the day begins with self-generation or imagining yourself as one of the deities, including:

  • Vajrabhairava
  • Guhyasamaja
  • Chakrasamvara

Later, the monks recite the memorized texts and debate among themselves. Truthfully, this monastery is an operational religious center. As the monks complete their classes, they move on to the next level of coursework. Luckily, they welcome visitors to see their rituals so that you can learn and contribute to the facility.

Respectful Visits

The monastery is open every day of the week. Visiting hours are between 5 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. In addition, you can return in the evening to see the debates between 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. Ideally, plan your visit between May and October when the weather is comfortable.

Being respectful of the monks is a matter of being aware of your surroundings. Keeping your voice low, taking off your shoes when entering a shrine and allowing the monks to practice unimpeded are a few of the simplest rules. Otherwise, observe their rituals and enjoy their commitment to Buddhism.

When to Visit

Undoubtedly, the best time to visit the monastery is during the Buddha Purnima Festival. Celebrated every May, Buddha Purnima commemorates Buddha's birthday with colorful decorations throughout the monastery. Indeed, the entire Tibetan culture becomes the focus during this gathering.

One of the highlights of Buddha Purnima is the food. Tibetan food from local sources is available to visitors and locals. Indeed, many of the dishes are vegetarian but remain tasty because of the complex spices in each dish. Also, the festival includes dancing and music. Traditional dances that celebrate Buddha are fascinating to watch. Listening to the music gives you a taste of the history found here as followers pray, meditate and chant in Buddha's name.

The Gyuto Monastery is less than 20 minutes away from McLeod Ganj, which is another highlight of any trip to India. Immerse yourself in the monks' chants and rituals. Learning about a new culture enhances any vacation experience.

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