Ithaca: Ithaca Branch Monastery

Namgyal Monastery’s Buddhist institute was established in 1992 in the United States, in Ithaca, New York, under the direction of His Holiness the XIVth Dalai Lama and the parent monastery in Dharamshala, India. It was established mainly to assist western students who wish to study in an authentic way, but are not able to come to India for the necessary length of time.

His Holiness the Dalai Lama has called the opening of the Ithaca Branch Monastery and educational program “an excellent and important project.”

Namgyal Monastery and Institute of Buddhist Studies (Namgyal Institute) are located in Ithaca, New York, on the edge of the Cornell University campus. Four Namgyal monks, including a Geshe and others with the “Master of Sutra and Tantra” degree, are selected each year and sent to Ithaca Namgyal Monastery Institute of Buddhist studies to administer a structured programme of study of sutra and tantra for Western students.

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