Dagpo Dratsang (or Dagpo Shedrup Ling) is a Tibetan buddhist monastic university founded in the 15th century. The original Dagpo Monastery is located in the Dagpo region in the South East of Tibet. Since 2005, there is a new Dagpo Monastery in Himachal Pradesh, in the Kullu valley in the north of India, where there are now about 180 monks living and studying.


Dagpo Shedrup Ling has been founded upon the request of the exceptional master Je Tsongkhapa (1357-1419) by Je Lodrö Tenpa (1402-1476) in the middle of the 15th century in South East Tibet.


The monastery Dagpo Shedrup Ling was and is famous amongst the Tibetans because of several remarkable traits. For example, the instructions of the Great Lamrim by Je Tsonkhapa form the core practice of this monastic community, and as a result the monastery is also known as Lamrim Dratsang.

Moreover, the monastery is known for the way that knowledge is tested, the special chants and the beauty of the melodies, and its strict monastic discipline.


In Tibet every spring a special session was dedicated to the study and practice of the Lamrim, and once every three years the abbot taught the complete of the Great Lamrim (800 pages).Buddhist philosophy is taught and studied with reference to five major treatises, as well as Je Tsongkhapa’s Great Lamrim. Teaching and meditating the instructions the latter contains form its core practice that earned the monastery the name of Lamrim Dratsang. Thanks to these efforts the Lamrim teaching was widespread in Dagpo region. Numerous monks achieved high realizations through meditating on the Lamrim’s topics; as a result the Lamrim teaching lineage includes many spiritual teachers from Dagpo Shedrub Ling.


During the long period of their studies, the monks’ ability to memorize the works they are studying is regularly tested, as is their ability to apply that knowledge in dialectic debate. Once they have covered the curriculum and passed the final examinations, they receive the title of Rabjam, the equivalent of Geshe in other monastic institutions. They may then enter a college specialized in the study of tantra, the esoteric branch of Buddhism.


Dagpo Dratsang is famous for its beautiful chanting and melodies. They are mentioned in many biographies of spiritual teachers. A large number of the melodies still used during prayers and rituals today were created by the 2nd Dalai Lama. Most of them were composed spontaneously subsequent to a practitioner’s exceptional spiritual experience.


Dagpo Shedrub Ling is renowned for its strict application of the vinaya (the rules of monastic discipline), as set forth by the Buddha in the fifth century BCE. For example in Tibet wearing shoes in the monastery was forbidden, even in the depths of winter, and at all times travelling on horseback was prohibited. To avoid greed and desire, no one, not even the abbot, was allowed to use utensils made of valuable materials such as silver, copper, porcelain or even aluminium. Only those made from materials such as clay, stone, iron or wood could be used.

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