Buddhism has seen great heights and great falls in Indian history. From the times of the Buddha to the times of the Lamas, Buddhism has been an integral part of Indian mindset. The teachings of the Buddha are accepted and practiced by people across the Globe. The great leaders of India including Dr. BR Ambedkar followed the great master Buddha.
Buddhism, though took birth in India, due to its virtue of adaptibility moved global. Today, Buddhism is acting as a spiritual guide to a number of youngsters across nations. It could be said that India is the spiritual headquarters of the World. Buddhism has also set deep roots in the Indian mindset. Buddhist Monasteries act as a centre for spiritual activities. Buddhism has set up monasteries everywhere from the deep North to the deep South of India. Here are a few Buddhist Monasteries that bring together the vibrance of earthy colours...
Namgyal Monastery, Dharamsala
Situated in Dharamsala, Himachal Pradesh, Namgyal Monastery is part of the Tsuglagkhang Complex where H.H. the 14th Dalai Lama has taken residence. It could be called the Tibetan Buddhism headquarters in India.
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Hemis Monastery, Ladakh
Just off the Leh-Manali highway in the Hemis village is a 11th CE or older monastery that is the biggest in the Ladakh region. Visit the monastery during the Ladakh Festival or the Hemis Festival when people celebrate with masked dance.
The Five Monasteries in Spiti
Ki, Komic, Tabo, Dhankar, and Kungri are the five main Buddhist monasteries in Spiti. These monasteries are an abudance of ancient treasures. Standing on muddy mountains, giving you a spectacular view of the world within and without, these monasteries open up your quiet spaces.
Rumtek Monastery, Sikkim
The sound of a stream flowing, a snow capped mountain on the front, a river below and green mountains behind, Rumtek Monastery is everything a monastery should be. Rumtek is said to be the largest and the most popular of all monasteries in Sikkim. There are 200 Buddhist monasteries in Sikkim and the state is a hub of Buddhist culture and practices.
Namdrolling Monastery, Coorg
The Namdrolling Monastery and the Golden temple in Coorg are the best of Buddhism you could get in the South. With the Tibetan exile community well settled in Bylakuppe near Kushalnagar, it seems like a Tibet itself has come down to Coorg.