The temple of Gyuto Tantric Monastery is located at a distance of 10 Kms from Dharamshala. The monastery sits in the laps of Great Dhauladhar Ranges which makes the view even more mesmerizing. It is the great school of the holders of sacred knowledge. The second Ramoche temple of Tibet has been constructed with the financial support of Bentenshu, Japan in commemoration of the award of the Nobel peace prize to his holiness The Dalai Lama; the spiritual and temporal leader of Tibet on 10th December 1989. It has been inaugurated by his holiness on 13th November 1996 (3rd of the 10th month of the 2123 Fire -Mouse year of the Tibetan Lunar Calendar).
This Monastery is originally located in Tibet but due to Chinese invasion in 1959, it was re-established in Dharamshala, Himachal Pradesh, India. The monks have passed on their sacred knowledge and major tantric texts for over 500 years in this monastery.
Anyone can join this monastery and practice sacred rituals, the only condition is he/she should be able to receive the information properly and who do not have any deformity which obstructs him to receive the vows of monks. Also, the candidate should not be punished or expelled by other monasteries and should have a monastic background.
These are some of the texts from Gyuto tantric monastery:
“O Monks and Scholars just as gold is burnt, cut and rubbed, examine. My words well and then accept them, but not out of your devotion (To me)”
“All conditioned things are impermanent, All defiled things are of the nature of suffering, everything is empty and without self, going beyond sorrow is peace”
“Not committing any negative action, cultivating a wealth of positive actions and taming your mind completely. This is the teaching of the enlightened one”
By Bus: To reach here you can take a bus from Dharamshala main bus-stand towards Yol Cantonment or Palampur. and get off the bus near Sidhbari. Even if you say Karmapa to the bus conductor he will understand and drop you there.
By Car/ Bike: Travel from Dharamshala towards Yol Cantonment. When you reach Sidhbari (identified by a clock tower on the right side of the road, if you are traveling towards Yol). you have to go 500 meters ahead of that clock tower and you will reach the monastery.