Ganden Ling Institute is the first Buddhist congregation of the Gelug Order to be recognised in France. It pursues the work begun by Venerable Dagpo Rinpoche in 1978 alongside Guépèle Institute and the humanitarian and cultural organisation Entraide Franco-Tibétaine. The institutes serve to share the Buddha’s teachings with those who so desire, be it in France or abroad, and to allow for study, reflection and meditation on them. Venerable Dagpo Rinpoche and the institutes have had the honour of receiving over twenty masters, including Their Eminences Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche and Kyabje Ling Rinpoche (the two tutors of His Holiness the Dalai Lama) and more recently His Holiness himself.
With the help of some French students of Venerable Dagpo Rinpoche EFT was established in 1987, to help mobilise and channel funds to those projects that are of immediate and in regular need. Such financial support includes – but is not limited to -:
- The Monks of Dagpo Dratsang
- Thosam Ling School
- Hospice in Mundgod, to house and care for the elderly
- Supporting the needs of Monks attending to studies at Drepung Gomang University, Southern India.
Our sister organisation registered in the Netherlands (2007) also serves to support non-profit humanitarian projects in accordance to its Foundation’s President Venerable Dagpo Rinpoche.
Examples of projects undertaken by TDEF:
- Schools in both India and Tibet where the Tibetan language and culture is currently being taught;
- Purchase of land for the Dagpo Shedrub Ling Monastery’s expansion.
The Dagpo Educational Fund Asia has been set up with the aim of supporting the cultural , educational and philosophical aspects of Buddhist traditions of the monastic university of Dagpo Shedrub Ling anywhere in the world so that they can continue to exist and be shared with those who are interested in them.
Dagpo Shedrup Ling (victorious institute of Buddhist philosophical studies and practices) Monastery is situated in Kais , Kullu Valley, India and takes its origins from the Institution that was set up in Tibet, when the great Tsong_Khapa presented scholar, Je-Lodoe Tenpa Pel Sangpo a Dharma book titled “Greater Graded Path to Enlightenment” and instructed him to help establish a Dharma Institute along the Dagpo region to help spread and prolong the precious Buddha Dharma in that area . Through the help of Entraide-Franco-Tibetaine and some students of Venerable Dagpo Rinpoche , the equivalent of the Monastery as it stands today in India was consecrated in 2005 , and continues to impart the traditions it is widely known for. The monastery is well respected for its strict discipline and exemplary quality of monastic education and in its illustrious history many learned scholars and Gaden Throne holder have successively emerged from this most well renown of institution.