Monks

A Brief Introduction

The monks of Lhundrub Chime Gatsal Ling come from eastern Tibet, the sacred land of Pemako and northeast India. Here they gain a complete Buddhist education with a focus on philosophy and ritual. The curriculum they follow reflects the affinities of our founder, Garje Khamtrul Rinpoche, with its special emphasis on the works of the 14th-century Dzogchen master Longchen Rabjam and the pure visions of the Great Fifth Dalai Lama.

The monks begin their day at 5:30 AM with morning assembly, during which they perform the Four Mandala Offering to Tara. After breakfast, at 7:30, the monks attend class with one of our teachers. Tea is served at 9:30 before classes begin again. From 10 to 12, the monks review their lessons and practice calligraphy. Lunch is served at noon. At 2:30 the older monks study rituals with Lobpon Samten Gyatso, learning how to play the different horns, cymbals and drums and how to construct tormas. Meanwhile the younger monks practice their Tibetan. Afternoon tea is served at 4:30 and the monks have a break before evening assembly at 5:30. Dinner is at 6:30 and at 7:30 the monks retire to their room to review their lessons and memorize the texts relevant to their study. Lights are turned out at 9:30, but only the most keen are still up after such a full day of study!

Learn more about their instructors here and their daily life in the video included under Sponsorship section.