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Ganden Monastery Incense
Ganden Monastery in Tibet
Ganden Monastery is one of the 'great three' Gelugpa university monasteries of Tibet, located on Wangbur Mountain, Tagtse County, 47 kilometers from Lhasa. The other two are Sera Monastery and Drepung Monastery. Being the furthest from Lhasa of the three university monasteries, Ganden traditionally had a smaller population with some 6,000 monks in the early 20th century. However, it was the original monastery of the Geluk order, founded by Tsongkhapa himself in 1409, and traditionally considered to be the seat of Gelug administrative and political power. The Ganden Tripa or 'throne-holder of Ganden' is the head of the Gelugpa school (and not the Dalai Lama as is widely misunderstood).

Ganden Monastery consisted of two colleges, Jangtse and Shartse, meaning North Peak and East Peak respectively.

Of all the great monasteries in Tibet, Ganden suffered most during the "cultural revolution" (1966-76). Most of its buildings, including the Assembly Hall, the Golden Tomb of Tsongkhapa, the Jiangtse College and the Shartse College were demolished. The monastery was completely destroyed following the Chinese invasion of Tibet, and since the 1980s, a small part is being re-built and in use. Ganden has been re-established on a much larger scale in Karnataka, India by the Tibetan population in exile.

Ganden Grass - Khenpa

GANDEN GRASS, also named “Obstacles Clearing Grass” or called Khenpa in Tibetan, originates from Ganden Monastery in Tibet.

It is believed that Je Tsongkapa, Founder of Gelug Sect, wanted to eliminate the suffering and sicknesses of all sentient beings. So he cut and scattered his hair on the ground. From the hair grew a special type of grass and it was known as Ganden Grass.

Ganden Grass’s taste is dry and bitter. It has been used as a Tibetan Medicinal herb to cure various sicknesses for many generations.  It is good for clearing obstacles and can be used for putting into holy statues and stupas. Many sages of all Tibetan Sects praised the distinguished benefits and uses of this herb.

This powdered Ganden Grass, harvested from the Ganden Monastery area, gives off a fresh grassy scent.



Ganden Grass - 75 grams



Ganden Grass - 250 grams



Breathing in Ganden Khenpa or Lawudo Incense
Advice regarding this practice from Lama Zopa Rinpoche

"It is very beneficial to burn incense from Ganden in Tibet and very beneficial for the
person with SARS to smell and breathe in this incense deeply. (The proper name of the
Ganden incense is Ganden Khenpa incense.) Lawudo incense can also be used in the same

First, you should first bless the incense by reciting many malas of Vajrayogini mantra;
from time to time, you can also do a little recitation of Most Secret Hayagriva mantra. Blow
on the incense and then burn it and breath it in.

Ganden Monastery in Tibet

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