What is the history of Buddhism in Ladakh?
Posted on Dec 12, 2013 by sushma.yadav
Thinking of Ladakh brings in the picture of Buddhist monk deep in meditation. Buddhism has long history in Ladakh. Vajaryana sectof Mahayana Buddhism is dominant form of BUDDHISM and is largely predominant Eastern and Central Ladakh.
Buddhism was probably introduced in Ladakh around 2nd century BC. via Central India. From Ladakh Buddhism travelled further to Tibet. Buddhism saw a decline in India around 11 th century. But as the Ladakh region came under control of Tibetan rulers so it saw a rise in influence of Tibetan Buddhism. Around 16th century King Bhadan of Namgyal dynasty was responsible for unifying Ladakh and under his reign many gompas were built. This history of Buddhism can be seen reflected in some glorious gompas like:
Hemis Gompa: Belived to be wealthiest monastery was built around in 11th century and reconstructed in 1672,. It belongs to Dugpa order.
Thiksey Gompa: Located on North of Indus river on a hill Top. It was built in 1430AD and belongs to Gelukpa Order.
Alchi Gompa: Located approximately at 60 Km from Leh this monastery was built in 1000AD by Rinchin Zangpo.
So come and experience the History of Buddhism in these amazing gompas of Leh.