Norbulingka Institute promotes the traditional arts and literary studies of Tibet and comprises
the following sections: The Centre for Arts, the Academy of Tibetan Culture and the Literary and
Cultural Research Centre.
The Institute is situated in the valley below Dharamsala, 6kms from the offices of the Central
Tibetan Administration. It is built according to traditional Tibetan style, following a ground
plan based on the proportions of Avalokiteshvara, the Bodhisattva of compassion. Set amidst
beautiful gardens, surrounded by the green fields of the Kangra Valley, Norbulingka Institute
stands against a backdrop of the towering Dhauladhar mountains of the outer Himalayan range.
There are more then BOO people working, studying and living at Norbulingka: artists, craftsmen
with their apprentices, scholars, students and administrators and their families. They come from
all backgrounds and areas of Tibet. Some were born in India, but most are refugees who arrived
from Tibet in the last few years.
Norbulingka Institute provides people newly arrived from Tibet with on the job training in such
fields as administration, production, marketing and computer skills, besides apprenticeships in
traditional artistic domains. We incorporate their emerging skills into the infrastructure needed
to run the Institute, and encourage self—reliance and a positive work ethic. These principles,
based on Buddhist values, were prevalent in old Tibet, but have been overwhelmed by the upheavals
that have taken place there over the last few decades.
the deden tsuglagkhang temple
The visual focal point and spiritual centre of Norbulingka Institute is the main temple. One
thousand, one hundred and seventy-three images of the Buddha decorate the forty four foot high
temple hall. Other paintings depict the twelve deeds of the Buddha, the fourteen incarnations of
the Dalai Lama, and a host of saints, sages, and great teachers. The gilded copper statue of
Buddha Shakyamuni, made by Norbulingka Institute statue making master Pemba Dorje, is the largest
of its kind in exile. Sculpted clay images decorate the arch behind the golden statue. Altogether,
the temple is a masterpiece. It is a tribute to the many artists who worked for more than a year,
sometimes long into the night, to bring it to completion.
losel doll museum
Few people are aware of the richness and diversity of Tibetan costume. Since l984, the Losel team
of monks has endeavoured to make it known to the rest of the world. They have created more than
one hundred and sixty dolls as a result of careful research. Tibetans in exile have no national
museum and many of these costumes no longer exist in Tibet. The Losel doll collection, therefore,
represents a valuable resource that displays exact replicas of the original costumes.
norling guest house
The Norling Guest House ensures the visitors modern comfort in a rich Tibetan decor. Eight double
rooms and two suites are on two levels, the upper set around an atrium lush with tropical potted
plants. The large and comfortable rooms, furnished in elegant teak look out on to the beautiful
gardens that surround the building.
Chonor House is Norbulingka”s guesthouse in McLeod Ganj, Upper Dharamsala, the centre of the
Tibetan community in exile. It is conveniently located near the Thekehen Choling Temple with
eleven well-appointed rooms, each of which has been uniquely decorated according to a different
Tibetan theme. Set amidst tall cedars, Chonor House is peacefully removed from the hustle and
bustle of the town.
The Norbulingka Library is situated on the second floor of the temple and serves the needs of
students, researchers and visitors. It presently contains volumes in Tibetan, Chinese and in
English. Efforts are afoot to raise funds necessary to increase the number of reference works,
both in English and Tibetan.
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