About The Tashi Lhunpo Monks

Tibetan Buddhist Monks from Tashi Lhunpo Monastery open a magical window on to a world of reincarnation and Buddhist mysticism which has inspired audiences in theatres and festivals throughout the world.

From the contemplative, mesmerising chant of Buddhist texts to swirling costumed masked dances accompanied by ancient Tantric musical instruments including horns made from human leg bones, skull-drums, cymbals, bells and with the shattering sound of the dungchen (long horns), the Monks evoke the atmosphere of sacred Tibet: an experience of an ancient culture accessible to all, with introductory explanations offering additional insight into this endangered world.

Founded by the first Dalai Lama in 1447 in Shigatse, Central Tibet, Tashi Lhunpo is one of the most important monasteries in the Tibetan Buddhist tradition, and is the seat of the Panchen Lama, the second most important spiritual leader of Tibet after the Dalai Lama. Fifty years ago Tashi Lhunpo Monastery was re-established in exile in India which has allowed this sacred culture to be shared by all, offering a fascinating glimpse into a unique tradition.

5 Stars

A psychedelic whirl of chanting, dancing, drums, cymbals

The Times

5 Stars

A window of time onto a magical universe of reincarnation and release

The Independent

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