Gyudmed Tantric Monastery
Jetsub Sherab Senge was a direct disciple of the legendary Je Tsongkhapa, founder of the Gelugpa sect of Tibetan Buddhism. Jetsun Sherab Senge was born in 1382 in a small village in the northern part of Tsang, a province of Tibet.
He was known to have had perfect moral conduct from childhood. After becoming a monk he studied under many eminent teachers the foremost of which being Je Tsongkhapa himself.
His mental and spiritual brilliance became renowned and he became known as a Saint. Near the end of Je Tsongkhapa’s life at a mass gathering at Sera Choden, Tsongkhapa asked his students; “Who is willing to create a system in which my teachings could thrive?” Overwhelmed by the enormity of such a task no one answered until finally Jetsun Sherab Senge arose and proclaimed that he would be committed to accomplishing such a task. It was at that point that Je Tsongkhapa appointed Sherab Senge to build the Gyudmed Monastery in Tibet 1433. The Gyudmed Monastery was founded in Tibet in 1433 by Lama Je Tsongkhapa. The Gyudmed Monastery in Tibet was the first Tantric monastery of the Gelugpa School and created in the style of Nalanda, Sera, Drepung and Gaden monasteries with one major difference, that it was established as a centre for the study of Tantra rather than Sutra.
Escape to India
After the national uprising against the Chinese in 1959, thousands of Tibetans fled, following HH Dalai Lama into exile in India. One hundred and fifty Gyudmed monks came in the first wave of Tibetan refugees and re-established the monastery temporarily in Northern India. They stayed there until 1972 when, with the guidance of HH Dalai Lama and the help of the government of Karntaka, they relocated permanently to Gurupura, in the state of Karnataka in South India. From that beginning of only 150 monks the monastery grew and has continued to grow keeping the rituals and cultural traditions alive. Over the years the number of monks has increased from 150 to over 1000.
In January of 2007, His Holiness The 14th Dalai Lama while visiting our monastery, advised us to begin a new school. A school specially designed to meet the needs of students wishing to study Buddhism and Tibetan culture in India. A unique and modern facility in which anyone could study irrespective of caste, creed, gender, age, or nationality. A school where lay men and lay women, monks and nuns, and students of all ages could study. A unique school offering specialized classes in Tibetan Buddhism, Tibetan language and Tibetan culture.
With His Holinesses wishes in mind, School of Snowland welcomes students from all over the world. We are offering courses in various subjects such as Tibetan and Buddhist history, Buddhist philosophy, Tantric studies (Gyudmed's specialty), as well as Tibetan, Chinese and English language courses.
Gyudmed is a very special school. It's one, of only two Tantric Monasteries in India and is considered by many one of the great institutions for the study of Tibetan Tantric Buddhism in the world. Never before have students had the opportunity to study at Gyudmed.
Our facilities: School of Snowland offers; modern, 1st class westerner accommodations to all its students.
Our new school offers students: state of the art class rooms and study facilities, the very best in teachers, modern hygienic kitchen and dining room.
Our new hotel offers students: fully furnished rooms, western style bathrooms with hot showers and lots of peace and quiet.
Our new school is located in the Gyudmed Monastery complex, giving students a unique experience to study at a real Tibetan Monastery, and the grounds here at Gyudmed are "Clean, Green and Beautiful" Most guests can't believe there in India. The environment here is picturesque. A quite, hidden oasis away from the hustle and bustle of India's many cities. Gyudmed is surrounded by farm lands and sits in the Hunsur Tibetan settlement. Here local Tibetan villages in walking distance have many shops and restaurants to meet student's needs. Here we have a safe, healthy and peaceful place for students to relax and work on their studies. Gyudmed has none of the safety and health concerns of India big cities. Here we enjoy a crime free and slow life...you can even drink the water.
see also; Gyuto Order