The following article is from the Autumn, 1987 issue of the Snow Lion Newsletter and is for historical reference only. You can see this in context of the original newsletter here.


Establishing the Buddhist Cultural Association: Gajong Gyalrong Khangstan

Gajong Gyalrong Khangtsen, the Buddhist Cultural Association, is a department of Gaden Monastic University. Established in 1425 by Tsakho Ngawan Dakpa, a direct disciple of Je Tsongkhapa, its purpose is to educate Buddhist monks in the subjects of Buddhist dialectic, Tantric teachings and also for the preservation of the teachings of Je Tsongkhapa.

Ganden Monastery (also Gaden or Gandain) or Ganden Namgyeling is one of the "great three" Gelug university monasteries of Tibet, Tsongkhapa

Gaden Monastery (also Ganden or Gandain) was founded in 1409 by Je Tsongkhapa Lozang Dragpa (1357–1419), founder of the Gelug order.

A Brief History of Gaden Monastic University

During the invasion of the Chinese in 1959, only about ten monks escaped and with the generosity and kindness of many people found living quarters. New monks have been added and plans to ordain more make it imperative that the Association start building new living quarters, Library and Assembly Hall. The expense is enormous and the sangha of Gajong Gyalrong Khangtsen solicit kind and generous donations to help them meet their objectives. Those who find it possible to do so will have their name and donation fixed upon the quarters of the monks and will be sent photographs of the project.

Gaden Shartse Norling Monastery was first re-established in India, 1961, Mundgod, Karnataka State in South India

With the help of Tenzin Gyatso, the 14th Dalai Lama (born 1935) who took his final examination at the original Gaden Monstery in 1958, and the Tibetan population living in exile, The Gaden Monastery has been re-established in Karnataka, India.


For up-to-date information about the Gaden Monastic schools in India:

Gaden Jangtse Norling Monastic College or Gaden Jangstse   

Gaden Shartse Norling Monastery or Gaden Shartse


For more information or to make a donation please write:

Gajang Gyalrong Khangtsen B.C.A.

Gaden Monastic University

P.O. Tibetan Colony

Distt. North Kanara

Karnataka-58 1411



Or contact:

Member of Gelug International long life puja for H.H Dalai Lama

Geshe TSultrim Gyatso (Dhasa Administrator)

Jangtse Khang


M: 0091-9816-387-453   

For more information:Zongkapa Lobsang Zhaba or Tsongkhapa (1357–1419), Tibetan Buddhism Gelug school of Tibetan Buddhism

Tsongkhapa (1357–1419), founder of the Gelug school of Tibetan Buddhism, was one of Tibet’s greatest philosophers and a prolific writer.

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For the Benefit of All Beings Dalai LamaHis Holiness the Fourteenth Dalai Lama is considered the foremost Buddhist leader of our time. The exiled spiritual head of the Tibetan people, he is a Nobel Peace Laureate, a Congressional Gold Medal recipient, and a remarkable teacher and scholar who has authored over one hundred books.

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