Welcome to Tashi Lhunpo Monastery UK Trust, supporting Tashi Lhunpo Monastery in Bylakuppe, South India

Tashi Lhunpo Monastery is one of the most important monasteries in Central Tibet besides being the traditional seat of the Panchen Lama.

After the Tibetan national uprising that took place in 1959, a handful of Tashi Lhunpo Monastery monks along with many thousands of Tibetans escaped into India. The Monastery was then subsequently re-established in Bylakuppe in Karnataka State, India. With the induction of new recruits over the years, the Monastery today has about 400 monks. Most of our major monasteries are thriving, but Tashi Lhunpo is still facing difficulties.

Through the Tashi Lhunpo Monastery UK Trust's educational and cultural exchanges, including chanting and cham performances, the monks share our unique Tibetan culture and their special monastic tradition with people in Europe and other parts of the world. The Trust also supports the Monastery's work in India. Any assistance extended to the Tashi Lhunpo Monastery will be much appreciated. As Patron of the Tashi Lhunpo Monastery UK Trust and because of my unique relationship with the Tashi Lhunpo Monastery I support the work of the Trust and wish it success in its attempt to help the Monastery here in India.




On Wednesday 25th April 2018, to mark the Panchen Lama's 29th Birthday, Tashi Lhunpo Monastery will make an attempt to break the record for the largest number of candles alight on a birthday cake at the same time.  The current record is 72,585.  We will attempt to light 130,000 candles to represent the heartfelt wish of all Tibetans in exile for justice and freedom for the Panchen Lama.  To help and support us in this attempt, please offer a donation of any amount.   You can make your donation here. Please add 'Panchen Lama Birthday Cake' in the message box.  Thank you!  


Dates for the 2018 tour are now being confirmed, and the full up to date list is now on the Tours Page.  Highlights include the Dharma Festival from 11th-15th July in Gaunts House, Wimborne, Dorset, where we will be joined by Mongolian Khoomi Singers Michael Ormiston and Candida Valentino, the wonderful singer Sika Deer, Tashi Mannox (world-famous Tibetan calligrapher) all in the beautiful house and grounds.  The box office is now open for VERY EARLY BIRD TICKETS until 11th March at https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/dharma-festival-tickets-42744352509.  Book your places now!  

We will be in Edinburgh for nearly three weeks for the Fringe, and in London for a number of events including a celebration of His Holiness the Dalai Lama's birthday in July.  Please click here for more information.


Our project for 2017/18 is the construction of a new Kitchen for the Monastery, following His Holiness the Dalai Lama's advice to make sure that monks were offered a good, nutritious diet to help them complete their studies successfully.  The new kitchen in the monastery is long overdue, and will benefit the whole community.  Please visit our Appeal page for more information.