Creation of the Monastery
Created with the guidance and blessing of His Holiness the Fourteenth Dalai Lama of Tibet, the Gyuto Wheel of Dharma Monastery was established in Minneapolis, Minnesota, to share the wisdom teachings of Tibetan Buddhism while preserving Tibet’s great monastic traditions and unique culture in exile. His Holiness bestowed the Monastery’s mission and its name (Tibetan: Cho-Kor-Gon, or “Wheel of Dharma”).
Gyuto Wheel of Dharma Monastery bears the distinction of being the first western branch of Tibet’s Gyuto Monastery, an ancient institution whose monks hold a rare unbroken lineage of tantric Buddhist teachings. This pure Dharma wisdom has been handed down uninterrupted through the generations of great Tibetan and Indian masters, directly from the teachings of the historical Buddha himself.
The daily life of a Gyuto monk is one of continous Buddhist practice of awareness, compassion and lovingkindness cultivated for the benefit of all sentient beings. The monks achieve this through joyous effort, prayer, meditation, generosity, and through the skillful application of the tantric arts and tantric wisdom-view. Visitors experience the Monastery’s peaceful atmosphere as a reflection of the Buddha’s teachings and of the monks’ openhearted practice of their monastic vows.