Ganden Jangtse Monastery in India
The Ganden and Drepung monastery is located In the Tibetan
settlement near Mundgod, a six hours drive from Goa on the South-west point of India.
of Tibetan refugees is the largest of its kind in India and was established
in 1966, after many Tibetans had escaped the Chinese occupation since
1959. Currently, it consists of nine camps with two monasteries and
who wish to join the monasteries are not only young refugees from
occupied Tibet who wish to continue their spiritual development, but
also from the Tibetan families in the settlement, as well as from
the poor Indian population that lives around the settlement.
Tibetan monastery like Ganden is divided into 'Kamtsen' or houses.
For example, the Tsawa Kamtsen is the part of Ganden monastery for
the Tsawa province of Tibet.
These monks from Tsawa House travelled to the Netherlands and Spain in 2008 in order to participate in a fundraising tour in order to help raise funds for their monastic house. They created sand mandalas and performed the tibetan lama dances in various cities throughout both countries.
The Khamtsen or monastic houses have residential buildings around the central prayer hall,
and each monastic house is responsible for the daily care and education of its resident monks.