This monastery was built in April 2017 and was inaugurated by his Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama himself. It’s a temple and learning institute of Tibetan Buddhism by monks and members of the Buddhist faith.
The name Thupsung Dhargye Ling was given by the Dalai Lama and means: “Place of Flourishing of the Buddha’s Speech”.
Although it didn’t have as much charm as the old monastery (I have a thing for historic buildings), this one was so bright, colourful and had that fresh new feel.
Dirang used to be a region of Tibet. Since China’s suzerainty of Tibet, many Tibetan refugees have fled to Dirang. This monastery now acts as a hub for Tibetan culture and Buddhist teachings to ensure they stay alive for future generations.
To read more about this issue in Tibet and the Dalai Lama’s new home in India, see here.
The best time to visit this monastery is at sunrise. This is when the monks perform their morning prayers. Unfortunately, when we visited, the prayers were cancelled due to a ceremony happening later that day. But, it’s supposed to be beautiful experience. Prayer’s start at 6am in the morning.
Top tip – Bring thick socks as the monasteries, and their marble floors, are freezing!