Gyuto Monastery

Gyuto Monastery, Dharamsala

Gyuto Monastery
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AjithBhaskaran
Bengaluru, India58 contributions
Mar 2022
Tantrik monastery where monks live with family and children. Unique structure but didn't find anyone for guidance or to talk to. This is en-route Dharamshala to Manali. Can do this along with the HPCA stadium.
Written 13 April 2022
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Atinder singh Virk
30 contributions
Feb 2020 • Friends
This place is a must watch you can skip the stadium but not this. This place is known to hardly a few tourists so you don’t have to worry about the queues. It also has a small cafe where you can have Tibetan food and teas
Written 9 March 2020
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Edwina P
Sydney55 contributions
Nov 2019
The Gyuto monastery is a tantric college based on the Tibetan Tantric Wisdom. The monks relocated to Southern India in 1959. They often travel the world to bring their magical tantric chordal chanting to a wider audience. The bright yellow buildings make a stunning contrast to the majesty of the Himalaya which sits behind the monastery. The monks are exceptionally welcoming and allow visitors to wander through the beautiful temple and surrounds.
Written 3 December 2019
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raajwin
Hyderabad, India13 contributions
Oct 2019
This monastery is a hidden wonder . though the Mcleodganj Monastery is well known because of the Dalai lama factor , this is awesome in its grandeur and and fully practicing monastery . It is a must visit monastery .
Written 5 November 2019
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Chris Maanas
Miami, FL57 contributions
Oct 2019 • Friends
We were fortunate to arrive the monastery is the perfect time to join the monks on their prayer and chanting in the early morning, it was still dark outside at 5am in the morning, we were sitting at the end of the room, not allowed to sit on the monk benches, they were very warm giving us bread and tea and even some peanut butter for the bread. The most beautiful part was the chanting, it is an unbelievable experience, the vibration is so high that is hard to not feel you are levitating. We left 6:10am but the chanting were still in play. Recommendation: bring a pillow because it may be uncomfortable to sit long time on meditation posture.
Written 7 October 2019
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Karthik Dharmapuri
New Delhi, India13 contributions
Sep 2019
The architecture is truly amazing. Peaceful temple with many rows of buddha. when you walk around the temple, the locale is amazing with picturesque landscape
Written 29 September 2019
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Soumya Nayak
Dubai, United Arab Emirates582 contributions
Jul 2019
This temple has a very big statue of the Buddha. Several short benches were placed around the big hall & many students were arriving into the hall during our visit. Footwear must be kept outside before entering the temple. Our driver informed us not to take photographs, as it is prohibited. This temple is bigger than the Dalai Lama Temple. We were told that students stay in the temple premises as well. It has been kept neat & clean.
Written 13 September 2019
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vipul61
Lucknow, India305 contributions
Sep 2019
The modern architecture of Monastery first brings a flash of disappoint (due to traditional image of monastery in the mind) but soon is taken over by the neat layout, cleanliness, the peace spread all around and vibrant atmosphere due to sighting of many monks and students around ! The monastery is full of activities. The main temple is so well maintained that one easily develops an urge to be there for some time and be part of their tradition.
It is well laid out large campus even bigger than Mundgod monastery, one near Hubbali (Karnataka).
Overall a very calming place!
Written 10 September 2019
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Manish B
Jaipur, India1,302 contributions
Jun 2019 • Family
Gyuto was founded in 1475 and is one of the main tantric colleges of the Gelug tradition. As almost all the Tibetan temple and monastery, this is a very calm and quiet place and very neat and clean. A lot to learn here from the people and literature.
Written 15 July 2019
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Madhulika L
Noida, India3,848 contributions
Jun 2019 • Family
The Gyuto Monastery is a school of Tantric learning, established with the help and financial support of the Japanese Bentenshu sect (which itself is fairly recent: it was founded in 1952). Gyuto was founded to commemorate the awarding of the Nobel Peace Prize to the Dalai Lama in 1989, and the monastery was formally inaugurated by the Dalai Lama in 1996.

The entrance to the Gyuto Monastery is impressive: the monastery buildings are painted a very vivid and deep yellow, which is visible from far off. Right in front of the temple building is the paved area which acts as a parking lot. Even standing here for a couple of minutes, looking at the temple, we got a glimpse of life in the monastery. Outside one of the nearby buildings, an elderly monk was sitting and reading.
Opposite us, in the library building which is adjacent to the temple, a stream of little boy monks was hurrying in (while we were in the temple, we heard them chanting their lessons, and it was an amazing experience). An older monk, still perhaps in his teens or very early twenties, sprinted past, robes flying.

You have to climb a couple of stories of broad steps to get to the temple. Take off your shoes outside and then go in, being careful of course to be silent, to not touch anything, and to not sit on the monks’ mats. Thangkas hang in a neat quadrilateral from the ceiling of this large, very clean hall. At the end facing the door are the altars, with the largest Buddha in the middle and more Buddhas and other deities—entire rows of them—in the smaller shrines on either side.

No entry fee is charged, though of course you may leave a donation at the altar. Tourists are allowed only into the temple, not other parts of the monastery.
Written 1 July 2019
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