Takthok Monastery

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Takthok Monastery (tib. བྲག་ཐོག་ Wylie = Brag Thog, pron. Trag Thog, "Stone Roof" in english) is a Buddhist monastery in Sakti village in Ladakh, northern India, located approximately 46 kilometres east of Leh.[1] It is the only monastery in Ladakh belonging to the Nying-ma-pa or Red Hat sect. The name Takthok, literally meaning 'rock-roof' was named because both its roof as well as walls are made up of rock. It belongs to the Nyingma tradition of Tibetan Buddhism and approximately 55 lamas reside there. It is the only Nyingma monastery in Ladakh.[2][3]

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Takthok Monastery
Entrance to Guru Rinpoche's cave
AffiliationTibetan Buddhism
FestivalsSacred Dances - 9th-10th day of the sixth month
LocationSakti, Ladakh, India
Takthok Monastery is located in Jammu and Kashmir
Takthok Monastery
Location within Jammu and Kashmir
Geographic coordinates34°0′19″N 77°49′13″E
FounderTsewang Namgyal I
View from roof of Thagthok Gompa showing courtyard and galleries

The monastery was founded around the mid-16th century during the reign of Tsewang Namgyal I (1575-1595) on a mountainside around a cave in which Padmasambhava is said to have meditated in the 8th century.[4]

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