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Bylakupee

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Bylakupee is in India's Mysore district, Karnataka State.

Namdroling Monastery, Bylakupee

The biggest Tibetan settlement outside of Tibet is a series of twenty villages collectively known as Bylakupee.

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Get in[edit]

Bus to Kushal Nagar from Mangalore (about 5 hours, deluxe bus is advised on this road) or from Mysore (about 2.5 hours). Auto Rickshaws can be hired in Kushal Nagar to visit the settlement (6 km. 60 Rs., at the evening it's 120 Rs.).

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See[edit][add listing]

  • Tibetan Settlements
  • Namdroling Monastery [1] is located between the 3rd and 4th camps, and with around 3,000 monks is the largest Nyingma monastery outside of Tibet. It is especially famous for its three copper and gold plated statues of Buddha (one 60 Ft. high and the other two 58 Ft. high) located in the Golden Temple. In accordance with the Vajrayana Buddhist tradition, sacred scriptures and stupas have been placed inside these statues as a means of consectration. This monastery is popular with local Tibetans who attend rituals ceremonies (pujas), and visitors are very welcome to stroll around the monastery grounds and may freely turn the prayer wheels and circumambulate the stupas. According to Tibetan belief, turning prayer wheels disseminates the prayers to the five directions. 'Wind Horses' (lungta), which are flags enscribed with prayers, have the same function.
  • Sera - This monastic community is comprised of two monasteries, Sera Jey and Sera Mey, and with a combined population of almost 5,000 it is one of the largest Tibetan Buddhist monastic communities outside of Tibet. A "Welcome to Sera" booklet (15 Rs.) in available from the shop opposite Siddhartha guesthouse and at the Tibet Network internet café.

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  • Prayer wheels. Those with enough stamina can rotate the prayer wheels that surround the monastery compound. The wheels contain consecrated mantras and prayers, and it is believed that those who turn them in a clockwise direction and with a pure motivation of benefiting others are creating the causes and conditions that will eventually place them in a position where they themselves can help relieve others of their suffering. Although turning the wheels is considered an alternative to chanting mantras, most devotees combine the two activities.

Learn[edit]

  • Thubten Lekshey Ling, mailto:info@lekshey.org Thubten Lekshey Ling is a Buddhist center at Bangalore supported by Masters from Namdroling Monastery. Those who want to know more about Tibetan Buddhism as practiced in the monasteries in Bylakkuppe can attend these teachings in Bangalore.

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  • There are small markets near some monasteries selling handicrafts.

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There are a few hotels right outside the Namdroling Monastery complex, where one can take in a meal combined with a shopping jaunt as well.

  • Olive Restaurant Reasonable prices and a friendly proprietor, who will recommend food suitable for your palette while engaging you in casual conversation is also a nice place to check out. It is located just a few hundred metres outside the Namdroling Monastery gate.
  • Namdroling Monastery Restaurant This is where monks usually have their meals, and is especially recommended for travelers with light wallets.

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  • Smoking or consuming alcohol is not permitted in the monasteries.
  • Zhamla Cafe, Fourth Camp Main Road (200 meters from Golden Temple towards 3rd camp. Just past the 4th Camp entrance on the right side.). Zhamla Cafe is a small friendly place with a charming balcony overlooking Bylakuppe. They serve a variety of veg and non-veg wraps made California style in addition to the usual fried rice. In the morning they make oil breads and brown egg omelets. A variety of teas and coffees are available. My favorite is the lemon/green tea. The owner is conversant in English and is very helpful if you need information on touring the area. The food is very good and made without the now ever-present MSG (china salt, hajinimoto)that Indian places love to use  edit

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Overseas visitors planning to stay in Bylakupee require a 'Protected Area Permit' - while these are easy to obtain, they can take several months to process. See information on Namdroling Monastery website: [2]

  • Namdroling Monastery offers simple accommodation. Tel+91 984-5339-517 [3] - basic meals are provided
  • Sera Monastery has 3 guesthouses (A simple double room is 125 Rs. and has an attached bathroom with hot water). The profits from the guesthouses help fund the hospital and school in Sera, while profits from the shops and the internet cafés are used towards upkeep of the monastery.
  • Paljor Dargye Ling Hotel, located near Namdroling Monastery. Tel+91 8223-258686

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Respect[edit]

Customs in Buddhist monasteries:

  • Wear clothing that expresses respect for the sacred nature of the site.
  • Go bare foot within the main temples. Don't even take your shoes in your backpack into the main temple.
  • Circumambulate stupas and other sacred objects in a clock-wise direction.
  • Turn prayer wheels in a clock-wise direction.
  • Do not climb onto statues or other sacred objects.
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