Gaden Monastic University

The following article is from the Spring, 1988 issue of the Snow Lion Newsletter and is for historical reference only. You can see this in context of the original newsletter here.

When the last surviving members of Gaden Monastic University from Tibet arrived in India as refugees, they felt the preservation of Tibetan culture and religion to be a serious challenge for the Tibetans if they are to retain their cultural identity as a people.

In spite of many harsh realities of life imposed upon them, they re-established Gaden in South India in 1971, and were able to revive the general pattern of studies that once existed in Tibet. To date, there are more than 800 students actively engaged in these studies.

The original prayer hall was constructed on a makeshift basis with the capacity to hold three hundred persons. With sharp increase in the number of students over the years however, the hall is now always packed with more than 500 students cramped together, while the rest of the members participate in the prayers and educational programs by either sitting on the stairs or squatting on verandas adjacent to the hall.

Construction work on a new hall has already been started. Through fund raising efforts in India, we have been able to raise a total ammount of approximately $23,100.00 U.S. This is roughly one fourth of the total ammount of the budget necessary to carry it through.

Contributions should be sent to Gaden Monastic University, c/o Tibet Fund, 107 East 31st St., 4th Fl., New York, NY 10016. For bank transfers: Acct. No. 2069, Syndicate Bank (Tattihalli Branch), Tibetan Colony, Mundgod-581-411, N. Kanara, Karnataka, INDIA.

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