Namgyal Monastery is a popular Tibetan Buddhist monastery which is closely associated with all the Dalai Lamas since the third. The monastery is the personal monastery of the 14th Dalai Lama, Tenzin Gyatso. Namgyal Monastery was founded back in the 16th century by the Third Dalai Lama. The monastery has been named in honor of the female long-life deity of the Kriya Tantra class in Tibetan Buddhism, Namgyalma.
The monastery was started so that Namgyal monks could assist the Dalai Lamas in different activities like public religious affairs, performing ritual prayer ceremonies for the welfare of Tibet and functioning as a center of learning and meditation on the profound Buddhist treatises. The monastery has nearly 200 monks representing the four main Tibetan monastic lineages. The monastery aims to preserve and continue the Tibetan traditions and cultures. The monks of the Namgyal Monastery go through a strict course of training, which includes studying philosophy, sacred arts, meditation, and debates.
The main tantric practices of the monastery include those of Kalachakra, Yamantaka, Chakrasamvara, Guhyasamaja, and Vajrakilaya. The tranquil ambiance of the monastery makes it even more beautiful and alluring. In 1992, Namgyal Monastery established an American branch in Ithaca, New York, including the Namgyal Monastery Institute of Buddhist Studies. You can explore popular tourist attractions of the town with our well-curated Dharamshala tour packages. Contact us to book customizable holiday packages and embark on a memorable vacation with your loved ones!