In December 1992, a group of twelve monks from the Monastic University of Gaden Shartse in India travel to Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico seeking out Juan Ruiz Naupari. They ask him to help them to coordinate a project throughout Latin America, the World Tour for Inner Peace. This project manifests the very same month. It starts in Mexico and for three consecutive months this pilgrimage becomes a success with the monks receiving a warm welcome from sympathizers in every country they visit.
During the Tour, multiple ecumenical meetings take place with diverse religious institutions including indigenous communities of Latin America, as well as meetings with politicians. The monks also present different spiritual and cultural activities from the Tibetan Buddhist tradition like conferences, initiations, Pujas, a type of cleansing prayer for the environment, chants and dances.
The first World Tour for Inner Peace marked the beginning of a long term relationship between the Gaden Shartse Monastery and Pneuma Institute. This continuous collaboration has led to the development of different solidarity and charitable projects such as the sponsorship of the children’s and young monks education, the reconstruction of different areas of the monastery and the expansion of the Tour throughout Europe, America and Canada.
A beautiful result of this collaboration has been the opportunity to organize different events, one being the invitation of His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama to Puerto Rico in 2004, and the sponsorship of the Buddha Maitreya Initiation given by His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama for the first time in India.
This year we are happy to announce an historic celebration, the Commemoration of the 600th year of the ascent to Parinirvana of the great Lama Tsongkhapa. This event will take place in the Ganden Monastery, which includes both Gaden Shartse and Gaden Jangtse monasteries in the city of Mundgod, India.