The new aesthetic and inspiring main temple was completed in 2015. Today, the main temple is not only the main attraction but the hub of the monastery.
The ground floor houses the Academic Council Office which controls the Higher Buddhist Studies in terms of curriculum design, assessment and evaluation of examinations and promotions. We also have the Science laboratory and study facilities for the students. The dining hall and kitchen takes up the major portion of the area here for large public functions and programs. This floor also houses the photo gallery showing the history of the monastery and the Panchen lama lineages and the office of the monastery Tulku Association.
On the first floor, we have the spacious and inspiring main temple hall. As one enters the main door at the far end, one gets a view of the raised shrine on which are arrayed the refuge symbols of the triple gem aesthetically and inspiringly displayed. Right in the center, we have the golden statue of Shakyamuni Buddha. In front of the Buddha statue, at a slightly lower level, we have the golden statue of Jhe Tsongkhapa . On the right side of the Buddha, we have Gwalwa Gedun Drup and Dolkar. On the left side the Buddha, we have another golden statue of Jhe Tsonkhapa and Panchen Lobsang Choegyal. We also have the founders of the four main lineages of Tibetan Buddhism.
In front of the golden statue of the Buddha, the throne of the Dalai lama and the Panchen Lama are placed. On the front pillars of the temple the gilded photo frames of the 9th and 10th Panchen Lamas are placed. On your left, there is the entrance to the Dolma Lhakhang and on your right side the entrance to the Lhamo Lhakhang.
The main temple walls depict the fine paintings of the 17 sages of the Nalanda university aesthetically displayed in gilded frames as listed by His Holiness the Dalai Lama in his praise of these sages.
The floor of the main temple hall is lined with maroon cushions in parallel lines along the length and breadth of the hall for the monks to sit when they assemble for rituals and functions.
On the second floor, we have the main monastery offices, meeting rooms and guestrooms.
On the third floor, there is the Abbot’s Chamber for conducting teachings, granting audiences, study and office. On the other side of the floor is the Assembly hall for gatherings and meetings. We also have the office of the Executive Council on this floor.
Finally, the fourth floor houses the chambers of His Holiness the Dalai Lama and His Holiness the Panchen Lama.
Festivals: Tibetan Calender
|1||1||LOSAR (Tibetan New Year)|
|1||2||New Kachen Oath Taking Ceremony|
|1||8-18||Choetrul Molam Chenmo, (The Great Prayer Festival)|
|4||15||Saka Dawa (Celebration of the Buddha’s birth, enlightenment and Parinirvana)|
|5||14-16||Tashi Lhunpo Summer Monlam|
|6||4||Drukpa Tseshi (Celebration of the Buddha’s Turning of the Wheel of Dharma)|
|6||15||Yarnay ( Beginning of Summer Retreat)|
|9||22||Lhabab Duechen (Celebration of Lord Buddha’s descent from heaven)|
|10||25||Anniversary of the Parinirvana of Lama Tsongkhapa, founder of the Gelugpa Sect|
|12||25-29||Gutor Festival (Monastic Ritual Dance)|
Festivals: Gregorian Calender
|April||25||Birthday of His Holiness the 11th Panchen Lama|
|June||16||Monastery Founding Day|
|July||6||His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s Birthday|
|September||2||Tibetan Democracy Day|
|December||10||Nobel Peace Prize Day ( Human Rights Day)|
The new CTL Library is a prominent traditional structure within the Monastery campus. It plays a key role in the education and extension of monastic facilities and services to the monks. Given its educational purpose, we make every effort to extend the same facilities and services to the public too. The library houses the following facilities and services:
The ground floor houses the traditional library with complete collection of sutras and scriptures of Geluk Lineage. On the other side, we have the Composition and Translation Services and Science Laboratory and IGNOU classrooms.
The first floor houses sutras and scriptures of all Tibetan Buddhist Lineages and books on Buddhism in English and Chinese languages.
The second floor has the Conference Hall, multi-purpose rooms, Computer Lab. and facilities for cooking and allied services.
The Monastery has big plans for the library in terms of collaboration of its services with other akin bodies; and to network across educational and religious bodies to expand and enhance its services into a hub of learning and research to benefit all.
The monastery accepts requests from people to perform special prayers for particular purposes of their choice. In order to ease their requests and offerings for such special prayers, we have listed the prayers and monetary offerings in the grid below. The offerings made cover the costs of the daily living expenses of the monks. If you would like to request special prayers, please contact the monastery office (Lachi). While there are many different prayers possible, a guideline is provided below:
|1.||Kagyur Recitation||Universal Peace and Tranquility||90,000.00|
|2.||Dolma Bumthar (Tara)||For the success of a project or occasion||60,000.00|
|3.||Bom Reading||To remove obstacles and for long life||20,000.00|
|4.||Kalsang Tongchoe||Prayers and 1000 butter lamp offerings for a long life||25,000.00|
|5.||Dolchok||Prayer to Tara for blessings||5,500.00|
|6.||Zangchoe Chiluu||Prayers for a healing touch and long life||5,500.00|
|7.||Nyitri Recitation||Prayers to remove obstacles and pain||5,500.00|
|8.||Menlha Donchok||Prayer to the Medicine Buddha for wellbeing.||5,500.00|
|9.||Namgyal Tongchoe||1000 offerings made to the Triple Gem to generate long life, healing, purification and compassion for all sentient beings||25,000.00|
|10.||Sher Nyen Drutok||For a good rebirth of someone whose life has been shortened||5,500.00|
|11.||Sungdue||Prayers to remove obstacles||2,500.00|
|12.||Nyeden Chakchoe||Prayers performed to avert and clear the three types of obstacles and conditions that prevent us from achieving our worldly and spiritual goals||5,500.00|
|13.||Namgyal Tsechok||For a good rebirth of someone whose life has been shortened||5,500.00|
|14.||Gyetongpa Recitation||The Perfection of Wisdom Sutra in Eight Thousand Lines helps one to achieve nirvana||2,500.00|
|15.||Gyabshi||To remove obstacles and bring success||5,500.00|
|16.||Lighting of Butter Lamps||To light 100 Butter Lamps to remove ignorance||600.00|
CTL Health Center offers free treatment to the monks. The Health Center is staffed by a full-time qualified nurse and two monks trained as health workers and a visiting Tibetan Doctor who comes once a week. The Health Center also provides free Ambulance Service and other special services such as Acupuncture, Cupping Therapy and Massages.
Provided we are able to raise funding, we have further plans to make the CTL Health Center’s services to the Tibetan camps around the monastery and to local residents who live near the monastery.
The main Kitchen and the catering service it provides is the lifeline of the monastery. And, it is always bustling with activity the whole day. We seek help from dietitians to inspect and guide us on how to provide simple but healthy food to our monks.
Due to this close scrutiny from experts and the regular monastery inspections, we realize that the present Catering Center is not able to meet our requirements today. There is an urgent need to upgrade the catering facilities and services. Therefore, we have included in the PROJECT PROPOSALS a new CATERING CENTER for the monastery which will in due time fulfil our requirements and ensure satisfactory service to the monks and staff of the monastery on the diet front.
Within the monastery campus, we have the following facilities and services that we provide to the monks and to the public whenever feasible. Among the facilities, the swimming pool, the café and shops are popular with the public. We have a nominal charge for the use of the swimming pool and that too on selected days.
The monastery through its projects, facilities and services, over the years has produced useful and relevant articles and artifacts for people in their daily lives. We always attempt to make quality goods, and so far we have had no complaints from our customers. The products that we have for sale are: