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A Brief History

Drepung Loseling monastery was established near Lhasa, Tibet in 1416 by Chojey Tashi Palden. It had four departments, of which Loseling, or "The Hermitage of the Radiant Mind," was the largest, housing more than three quarters of Drepung's ten to fifteen thousand monks. It educated peoples not only from Tibet, but from regions as far north as Siberia and Buriat of eastern Russia, to the Himalayan kingdoms in north India. Drepung Loseling was especially close to the Dalai Lama incarnations; the Second Dalai Lama made his residence here in 1494 and subsequent incarnations maintained this link through the residence that he later built at Drepung, the Ganden Potrang.

After the Chinese Communist invasion of Tibet in 1959 and the forced closure and destruction of its 6,500 monasteries, some 250 monks from Loseling managed to escape the holocaust and rebuilt their institution in Karnataka State, South India. The traditional training program was thus preserved and soon news of their existence spread through Central Asia.

Over the years many more young spiritual aspirants have subsequently fled Chinese-occupied Tibet and sought entrance into the monastery in the hope of learning and thus helping to preserve their traditional culture. The number of monks presently in the re-established Loseling have swelled to more than 2,500.

Drepung Loseling Monastery established its American seat in 1989 as a result of the first world tour of Sacred Music Sacred Dance. It is located in Mineral Bluff, Georgia and is named Losel Shedrup Ling. It has grown to include its principle affiliates in Atlanta, GA; Knoxville, TN; Nashville, TN; Asheville, NC; and Birmingham, AL. Each of the affiliate locations is provided with teachers from Drepung Loseling Monastery. Losel Shedrup Ling also coordinates events such as Sacred Music Sacred Dance and other programs.

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