Ganden Monastery

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Ganden Monastery

Ganden Monastery was the first monastery of the Gelugpa lineage, established by its founder Tsongkhapa in 1409. It remained the head monastery for the order’s religious and political authority until 1959, when it was completely destroyed by bombing. The name comes from the Tibetan name for Tushita, the heavenly abode of Maitreya, the Buddha of the future. Ganden, once one of the “great three” Gelukpa monasteries, has been under restoration since the 1980s.