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Namgyal Monastery
About Namgyal Monastery

Namgyal Monastery is a Tibetan buddhist monastery which is closely associated with all the Dalai Lamas. Namgyal Monastery is the personal monastery of His Holiness, the 14th Dalai Lama.Its primary role is to assist with customs involving the Dalai Lama of Tibet. Its main tantric practices reportedly include those of Chakrasamvara,Kalachakra, Yamantaka, Vajrakilaya, and Guhyasamaja.

Namgyal Monastery is located inside the Tsuglagkhang Complex, which also surrounds a Tibetan museum, a cafeteria, a book shop and library, prayer wheels and Buddhist temples, apart from the royal but simple residence of the Tibetan spiritual leader. Visitors are allowed to move anywhere in the complex without any problems and difficulties.The best time to visit Namgyal Monastery is from March to June and September to November.

Namgyal Monastery in Dharamsala is a sacred building enclosing the residence of Dalai Lama, the spiritual leader of Tibetan Government in exile. The complex is constructed in a location near Mcleod Ganj and is overlooked by the mountain ranges of Dhauladhar. Lush pine forests offer the natural beauty and the atmosphere offers a perfect calmness in the location. The summer temperatures here range between 22° C and 33° C, while the winter temperatures usually remain between 0° C and 15° C.

History of Namgyal Monastery

Early years
Namgyal Monastery was founded in either 1564 or 1565 as Phende Lekshe Ling by the Third Dalai Lama Gyalwa Sonam Gyatso, Namgyal Monastery was renamed in honour of the female long-life deity Namgyälma in 1571.Since the completion of construction on the Potala Palace (begun by the Fifth Dalai Lama), Namgyal was traditionally housed in the red section at the top of that building inLhasa.

Since 1959
Following the Tibetan uprising of 1959, Namgyal Monastery moved to Dharamshala, India, where it continues, active, to this day. Namgyal (Dharamshala) has about 200 monks (up from 55 in 1959), representing all four main Tibetan monastic lineages.

In 1992, on the advice of the present Dalai Lama, Namgyal founded an American branch in Ithaca, New York, including within it the Namgyal Monastery Institute of Buddhist Studies. On February 8 of 1996, the monks of Namgyal Monastery's Institute of Buddhist Studies offered their first "Blessing of Cyberspace" as part of the "Twenty-four Hours in Cyberspace" event.

In 1998, Namgyal includes a Tibetan monastery in Bodhgaya, India, called Gendhen Phelgyeling. That monastery is now known as Namgyal (Bodhgaya), and has 45 monks.
Namgyal (Dharamsala) also manages a temple in Kushinagar (since 1967), and an elderly home in Simla (since 1992).

Namgyal Monastery is situated in McLeod Ganj which is a part of Dharamshala region. McLeod Ganj is a haven for tourists and backpackers who flock here for the pleasant summer temperatures and the Tibetan community, plus the opportunity to participate in any number of courses which are either provided by the Tibetans Indian or foreigners who set up shop teaching everything from meditation, yoga and reiki, to cooking, Tibetan language and Buddhist Philosophy.

McLeod Ganj is a charming town full of great cafes and restaurants, shops selling everything from music and DVDs to Buddhist prayer flags and Tibetan handicrafts to clothes and Indian handicrafts. However if you’re not into shopping, and want to get out and about in the hills, there are some fabulous short, half day and full day walks to be had up into the hills surrounding the town.

How to Reach Namgyal Monastery

By Rail
The nearest railway station is at Kangra which is about 17 kms from Dharamshala connected to Pathankot through narrow gauge line. And the nearest broad gauge railway station is Pathankot which about 88 Km from Dharamshala, which is connected by direct trains to Amritsar, Delhi, Bombay and Calcutta. Regular bus service is available from Pathankot to Dharamsala. Any other kind of transportation is easily available.

By Road
Regular deluxe bus services are available from Delhi to McLeodganj which is about 522 km away from Delhi. State bus services connect McLeodganj with neighboring cities.

By Air
The nearest Airport is at Gaggal which is about 13 kms from Dharamshala and 8 Kms from Kangra Town.



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