Founded by Venerable Dagpo Rinpoche:
As the continuation of the Tibetan Buddhist Centre founded in 1978, Ganden Ling Institute was recognised as a Buddhist congregation by the French government in 1995. In France it is the first Buddhist congregation of the Gelug Order (the order of “those following the virtuous tradition”). Its founder, the great Tibetan master Je Tsongkhapa, established Ganden Monastery in 1409.
This independent community consists of non-resident, committed Buddhists, both monastics and lay people, under the authority of a Superior General, who gather regularly to pray and meditate. Its members aim to deepen their spiritual commitment and achieve the qualities of the Mahayana so as to work for all beings' happiness.
Guépèle Institute is the cultural organisation founded in 1994 that works in collaboration with Ganden Ling Institute in organising teachings, study programs, group meditations, lectures, exhibits and so forth.
It has created a multi-level study program inspired by those of monastic universities, to learn about Buddhist philosophy, its concepts and terminology and thereby enrich spiritual practice. It also organizes retreats dedicated to study and meditation, and lessons in Tibetan language. In addition the institute publishes transcripts of discourses given by Venerable Dagpo Rinpoche and various masters invited to the institutes.
Entraide Franco-Tibétaine is a humanitarian and cultural organisation created in 1987 to financially support Tibetan refugees living in India and help them preserve their traditions. It assists the elderly, the sick, school children and monks. The donations it collects are entirely allocated to its projects – sponsoring the living expenses of students and seniors, building lodgings, schools and old people's homes and providing medical care.
The organisation primarily supports Drepung Gomang and Dagpo Shedrup Ling Monastic Universities as Venerable Dagpo Rinpoche was a student of the former and is the spiritual and temporal leader of the latter. Dagpo Shedrup Ling was first re-established at Bomdila in N.E. India. It then moved to the Mainpat region before finally settling in the Kullu Valley at the foot of the Western Himalayas in 2005.
1992: The transfer to Veneux-les-Sablons, Seine-et-Marne, France.