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 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 who represent 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 ambience of the monastery makes it even more beautiful and alluring. In the year 1992, Namgyal Monastery established an American branch in Ithaca, New York which included within it the Namgyal Monastery Institute of Buddhist Studies.