The Monks of Drepung Loseling
The Drepung Loseling Monastery, first established in 1416 near Lhasa, Tibet, was for centuries the largest and most prestigious monastery in Tibet. Housing ten thousand monks at its height, it was the largest monastic institution in the world. With the Chinese invasion of Tibet in 1959, the monks fled and monastery was closed. Today, three thousand monks reside at the rebuilt monastery in India.
Every summer, a group of ten Tibetan monks from the monastery visit us in Boulder for a week. The monks are chosen to go on tour around the world to demonstrate traditional Tibetan arts to raise awareness of the plight of the Tibetan people. For the week, the monks enjoy Tibetan food with us, create mandala art, and perform sacred temple chants and dances for visitors. It’s an unforgettable experience for everyone.
After a week, the monks leave behind a deepened, almost palpable feeling of openheartedness and loving kindness, a conspicuous hum of what the Tibetans call dekyi: happy, blissful energy.