Namgyal Monastery Institute of Buddhist Studies was established in 1992 as the North American seat of His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama’s monastery in Dharamsala, India. Between 1992 and 2014 the monastery was housed in an old Victorian era house in downtown Ithaca, NY. Today, Namgyal-Ithaca is part of a larger complex, Du Khor Choe Ling (Land of Kalachakra Study and Practice), situated on 28 acres of forest land three miles south of the City of Ithaca.
The monastery is home to several Tibetan monks, led by Venerable Tenzin Choesang. We host an annual two week Kalachakra Retreat each summer and recently added a week long Kalachakra Retreat in the early spring. In addition, the monastery offers Weekend Intensives on a variety of subjects in Tibetan Buddhism, as well as evening classes in the fall and spring. The evening classes are taught by a Geshe (master teacher) on loan from Namgyal-India. Each year a new Geshe arrives to continue the tradition.