About Gaden Monastery

The great Gaden Monastery was the first monastery of the Gelugpa School of Tibetan Buddhism and was founded in 1409 by the Saint Je Tsongkhapa Lobsang Drakpa (founder of the Gelugpa Order).

Its full name Gaden Namgyal Ling Monastery in Tibetan means Joyous Victorious Monastery. Gaden Monastery is located at the top of Wangbu Ri mountains about 50 kms from the capital city of Tibet, Lhasa.

The legend says that the founder Tsongkhapa, as a young boy in his previous incarnation, offered a crystal rosary to the Lord Buddha. The Lord Buddha gave him a conch shell and predicted that the boy would found Ganden monastery.

A year after Ganden Monastery had been founded, Tsongkhapa discovered the conch shell on Gokpari hill behind Ganden.

In 1416 Tsongkhapa gave the conch shell as an auspicious gift to one of his  four principal disciples, Jamyang Choje Tashi Pelden (1397–1449), who founded Drepung Monastery in 1416 on the outskirts of Lhasa. The conch shell has been retained at Drepung Monastery. Another famous disciple of Je Tsongkhapa, Jamchen Chojey Sakya Yeshe (1354–1435), founded the Sera Monastery in 1419 in Lhasa.

Ganden Monastery together with Sera Monastery and Drepung Monastery are the ‘Three Great’ university monasteries in Central Tibet.


Gaden Monastery Tibet
Gaden Monastery in Tibet

In the West, the Gelugpa Order is the best known school of Tibetan Buddhism and is often associated with the Dalai Lama.


Shar Gaden Monastery in South India

In 1959 the Gaden Monastery had 7500 monks living and studying there. But during the Cultural Revolution, the Gaden Monastery was destroyed and many monks escaped to India where they re-established the Gaden Monastery in South India.

More information on :  www.shargadenpa.org



Gaden Monk Tour

The purpose of the Gaden Monastery Peace and Compassion Tour is to spread the Tibetan Buddhist culture and practice through religious chants and rituals.

Ganden Monastery Monks Tour Munich


This tour shares the compassion and wisdom of the ancient Tibetan Buddhist culture. The Monks of the Gaden Monastery pray for peace and happiness of all sentient beings.

The Gaden Monks Tour is raising funds to support the refugee monk community in India. The funds provide food,  health care, support education, building and renovating accommodations.

Learn more about Shar Gaden Monastery on :   www.shargadenpa.org

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Tour Gallery

Here are a few pictures from parts of the Gaden Monastery Europe Tour.









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