An Urgent Appeal from the Abbot "Massive Landslides Hit Ancient Tawang Monastery"

Temples & Branches of Tawang Monastery:

1.) Khromteng Gonpa

This small monastery was established as a meditation retreat for Lama Sonam Gyaltsen, who flourished at the time of His Holiness Sonam Gyatso, the third Dalai Lama. There is a very interesting biography about Lama Sonam Gyaltsen. This monastery is very sacred and holy since Padmasambhava, Indian Buddhist Tantric master and scholar, prophesizes this monastery in one of his works called The Book of Treasury. And also His Holiness the 6th Dalai Lama Tsanyang Gyatso praised this monastery.

2.) Sharmang Gonpa:

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3.) Urgyen Ling Gonpa:

This monastery was the birthplace of the 6th Dalai Lama, Tsanyang Gyatso. There are nine stupas, which were built of earth in 1935, in the monastery.

4.) Tsanpu Gonpa: Lama Rigsum Gompo, a student of the Saint Thinthon, founded this monastery.

5.) Kyimney Gonpa:

This monastery is said to have been founded by Karmapa Rangjung Dorjee, and it has a statue of Padmasambhava.

6.) Bagajang Gonpa:

Since the location of this monastery is high in the mountain, during the winter all the roads to it are blocked by snowfalls. Therefore visitors, both tourists and pilgrims, come to the monastery during summer. Around the monastery, there are many strangely formed rocks and gorgeous lakes to be seen.

7.) Ayakdhung Gonpa:

Tsanton Rolpai Dorjee, who was a disciple of the first Dalai Lama, Gedun Drub, founded this monastery. Aryakdhung Monastery is clearly the first Gelukpa monastery established in the region of Monyul.

8.) Drakar Gonpa:

Nearby Tawang there is a village called Lhou. The mountain behind this village has a grey rocky summit. Since the monastery was established on this rock, it was named after it, Drakar means grey rock.

9.) Kharung Gonpa:

This monastery is said to have been founded during the time of Lama Thenbi Dolmi, who was a contemporary of the second Dalai Lama.

10.) Manshing Gonpa:

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11.) Sanglong Manmang Gonpa:

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12.) Shakti Gonpa:

A Lama called U-Po Thar founded this monastery.

13.) Itanagar Buddhist Garden:

This centre is in Itanager, which is the capital city of Arunachal Pradesh state of India. In 1983, His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama laid foundation. Later slowly this Buddhist Garden was constructed, with stupas and hotels.

14.) Nehru Dolma Lhakhang:

This temple is in the middle of Tawang Town. As the name suggests, this Dolma Lhakang has become a symbolic commemoration of Jawaharlal Nehru's visit to this town in 1964, the first Indian prime minister. There are other temples for public use, but people always visit this temple.

15.) Thongmen Gonpa:

It is said that the Tibetan Lama Bodong Chogley Namgyal founded this monastery. There is a beautifully designed stupa made of wood in the monastery.

16.) Namshu Gonpa:

Lama Tenpai Dronmai also founded this monastery, which is now in the West Kameng Distt. There is a Maitreya statue of two storeys high in the monastery.

17.) Jang Chub Choeling Nunnery:

This Buddhist institute was built during the time of Merag Lama. There are around fifty nuns practicing mainly Vajra Yogini, and the mantra of Green Tara in the nunnery.