On December 21st 2019, thousands of Buddhist Monks will gathered for an historic event called, The Tsongkhapa Commemoration, the 600th year anniversary of the ascension to Parinirvana of the Great Lama Tsongkhapa, the creator of the Geluk lineage, and you are invited to join us!

His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama presided over this momentous celebration that took place at the Gaden Monastery, in Karnataka India.

Pneuma Institute & Ganden Monasteries invite you to an unforgettable event that will take place in India on the 21st December, 2019.

Tenzin Gyatso

His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama

On December 21st 2019, thousands of Buddhist Monks will gather for an historic event called, The Tsongkhapa Commemoration, the 600th year anniversary of the ascension to Parinirvana of the Great Lama Tsongkhapa, the creator of the Geluk lineage, and you are invited to join us!

His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama will preside over this momentous celebration, and it will take place at the Gaden Monastery, in Karnataka India.

We are inviting you, as part of our global Pneuma community, to be one of the few privileged witnesses of this unique program and to immerse yourself in a monastic experience that your heart will never forge

Who was the Great Lama Tsongkhapa

After I pass away and my pure doctrine is absent, you will appear as an ordinary being, performing the deeds of a Buddha and establishing the Joyful Land, the great Protector, in the Land of the Snows.

 Buddha Sakyamuni

The history of Buddhism in Tibet has been turbulent, going through periods of revival and decline. Lama Tsongkhapa (1357-1419) was a Buddhist scholar and saint who lived in Tibet during a time when Buddhist teachings had degenerated.

Through deep study, profound practice and high spiritual attainments, Lama Tsongkhapa led a renaissance of pure Buddhist teachings by emphasizing study, morality and the distillation of the most important teachings from the existing schools of Buddhism in Tibet and from Indian Buddhist masters. His teachings became the basis for the establishment of the Gelug monastery, a monastic institution which survives to this day although it has since relocated to South India.

Revered as an emanation of the three great Bodhisattvas; Avalokiteshvara, Manjushri and Vajraprani, Lama Tsongkhapa embodied the respective profound qualities of enlightened compassion, wisdom and spiritual power of all three Beings.

Among the many renowned teachings he gave and dharma texts he composed, Lama Tsongkhapa’s Lamrim Chenmo, translated as The Graded Stages of the Path to Enlightenment, is considered one of his greatest works and is widely studied today, by both ordained Sangha and laypeople all over the world.

Despite his high attainments and enlightened qualities, Lama Tsongkhapa never exhibited any public display of miraculous powers, such as clairvoyance, and expressly prohibited his disciples from doing so. Instead, Lama Tsongkhapa focused on studying and teaching pure Buddhadharma, and was a role model of pure virtue.


The Gelug school of Buddhism, which means “Virtuous” tradition, arose out of his teachings, and has become one of the fastest growing Buddhist schools on the world today.

Learn more about The Great Lama Tsongkhapa

Mentally put on the armor of joyous perseverance that is enthusiastic about the following: the goal of enlightenment, the aim of accomplishing happiness and eliminating the suffering of all living beings


His Holiness explanation on Tsongkhapa's teachings

Shartse Khensur Jangchup Choeden invitation 

Personalities attending the event

Tenzin Gyatso

His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama

Jangtse Choje Rinpoche

104th Ganden Tripa, Holder of the Throne of Ganden, Head of the Geluk Lineage

Abbot of Gaden Shartse Monastery

Abbot of the Gaden Jangtse Monastery

Shartse Kensur Jangchup Choeden

Executive Director of Geluk International Foundation

Geshe Thupten Jinpa

Official Translator of His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama

Geshe Gyaltsen Dorjee

Coordinator of Gaden Shartse Monastery

Juan Ruiz Naupari

Director of Pneuma Institute


December 20th – Teachings of His Holiness the Dalai Lama at the Monastery.
December 21st – Celebration of the 600th year anniversary of the ascension to Parinirvana of the Great Lama Tsongkhapa.
December 22nd – Long-life ceremony and puja for H.H. the Dalai Lama.
December 23rd – Ceremony of gratitude to Pneuma Institute from the Ganden Monastery.

*Please note that the program is subject to change.


Graciously provided by His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama

Juan Ruiz with His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama and the Gaden Shartse and the Abbots of Gaden Jangtse Monastery


Relevance of the work of Lama Tsonkhapa in the contemporary world


Free participation in monastic meditation practices


Facilitated by Juan Ruiz Naupari


Tibetan culture, kirtan and other guests

Monks and scholars, just as you test gold
by burning, cutting and polishing it,
so too well examine my speech.
Do not accept it merely out of respect.”


 With the endorsement of His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama, this event is sponsored by Pneuma Institute a 501c3 US non-profit organization, and is an extension of The Buddha Maitreya Project, which is a collaboration between Juan Ruiz Naupari and the Tibetan monasteries for the last 25 years.

Thanks to the efforts of the

Sponsors and event organizers

Celebrating the Tsongkhapa 600 Years of Parinirvana in Malasya.

“In conjunction with the International Year of Lama Tsongkhapa 2019, which commemorates the 600th year of the passing of Lama Tsongkhapa, the founder of the Geluk Tibetan Buddhist tradition, there will be a two-day event, featuring an exhibition of the life and works of Lama Tsongkhapa, as well as teachings based upon one of Lama Tsongkhapa’s seminal text, “In Praise of Dependent Arising”, by the current supreme Head of the Geluk Tradition, His Holiness, the 104th Ganden Tripa, Lobsang Tenzin Rinpoche.

This event is co-organized by the Geluk International Foundation, based in India and the Vajrayana Buddhist Council of Malaysia together with 14 Geluk organizations based in Malaysia:

1. Awakening Vajra Kuala Lumpur
2. Chokyi Gyaltsen Centre
3. Jewel Heart Buddhist Society Malaysia
4. Kadam Tashi Choe Ling Malaysia
5. Kuan Yin Contemplation Order
6. Losang Dragpa Buddhist Society
7. Negeri Sembilan Meditation Society
8. Phende Lekshey Ling Centre 
9. Phuntsok Choling Gurun
10. Rinchen Jangsem Ling
11. Sakyamuni Dharma Centre
12. The Land of Compassion Buddha
13. Thekchen Choling Malaysia
14. Tibetan Buddhist Cultural Centre.”

Geluk Foundation

Tsongkhapa Year will be celebrated also in New York.​

The event will be attended by His Holiness Garden Tri Rinpoche and His Eminence Jangtse Choje Rinpoche as special guests.


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