About Us

About Gaden Shartse Monastery

First, let us introduce to you our mother Monastery – Gaden Shartse, which is located in Mundgod, South India. Gaden Monastery was founded in Tibet by Je Tsongkhapa (1357 – 1419), the great Tibetan Buddhist scholar and accomplished master. In 1409, Je Tsongkhapa established Gaden Monastery and consequently the Gelug School of Tibetan Buddhism. Gaden Monastery is comprised by two colleges – Gaden Shartse, and Gaden Jangtse. Gaden Shartse Monastery has a population of about 1,500 monks, of which all Sangha are provided with food, accommodation and education. The Sangha community lead lives of monastic discipline and are focused on monastic studies to become leading scholars to teach and guide beings like how Buddha Shakyamuni did in the past. Today, Gaden Monastery remains as one of the three great learning seats of Tibet.

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About Gaden Shartse Dro-Phen Ling

  • About Us

  • Our Founder

  • Spiritual Director

  • Resident Monks

  • Office Team

  • Committee Members

History of Gaden Shartse Dro-Phen Ling

In 2002, Mama Karen founded this Dharma centre with the sincere intention of sharing the precious teachings she had experienced, for the benefit of all beings. She established and dedicated the centre to her revered Guru, the late Kyabje Lati Dorje Chang, who, in a heartfelt gesture, bestowed the center to Gaden Shartse Monastery—a place that held a special place in his heart. The name "DRO-PHEN LING" was bestowed upon us by His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama in India in December 2001, which translates to "a place to benefit beings". In demonstration of our affiliation with our mother monastery, dear Lati Rinpoche added 'Gaden Shartse' to the name a few years later.

On November 3, 2002, GSDPL was officially established. Under the guidance of our esteemed Teachers and the leadership of Mama Karen, GSDPL steadily flourished. Despite the passing of dear Lati Rinpoche on April 10, 2010, Mama Karen persevered, leading GSDPL with the same pure motivation for the benefit of all beings. We were fortunate to receive teachings and blessings from many highly qualified teachers, nurturing a vibrant community of sincere Dharma practitioners.

Over the years, our community has grown, with more lives touched and transformed by the teachings and pujas conducted by the monks of Gaden Shartse Monastery. We engaged in regular retreats both locally and internationally, fostering a joyful community of members, sponsors, and volunteers dedicated to learning and practicing the Dharma. Mama Karen passed away in February 2018. Despite the huge loss, GSDPL continues to thrive, as Mama has laid a strong foundation for us.

In December 2018, we were blessed when H.E. Kyabje Zong Rinpoche accepted our request to become the center’s new Spiritual Director. Operationally, GSDPL is now led by Mama Karen’s three children - Jamie, Brenda, and Ivan. We look forward to many more fruitful years ahead, guided by the blessings of the late Kyabje Lati Dorje Chang and our precious Teachers, especially under the close guidance of H.E. Kyabje Zong Rinpoche.

Our Logo

Gaden Shartse Dro-Phen Ling (GSDPL) Logo

The logo of Gaden Shartse Dro-Phen Ling is largely adapted from the logo of Gaden Shartse Monastery, which is symbolic of our roots in our mother monastery.

Inside the logo you see the group of three hybrid creatures formed from the union of three pairs of traditionally hostile enemies. They are known as the ‘three victorious creatures of harmony’, as they overcome traditional hatred for each other and co-exist in harmony. These three hybrid creatures are known as: (1) the eight-legged lion, (2) the fish with fur, (3) the sea-dragon.

Just like the three hybrid creatures in the logo, GSDPL promotes compassion, peace and harmony with one another in a loving environment between dharma brothers and sisters.

Our Mission

Gaden Shartse Dro-Phen Ling (GSDPL) was established in the aim of propagating the pure teachings of Lord Buddha Shakyamuni, as well as promoting Tibetan Buddhism, especially the Gelug lineage of Lama Tsong Khapa, in Singapore. We hope to provide a conducive environment for one’s dharma study and meditation and be a place for dharma friends to gather and practise together.

Our Roots

Gaden Shartse Dro-Phen Ling is founded by our dearest teacher, the late Khensur Kyabje Lati Rinpoche. We are a direct collegiate affiliate of Gaden Shartse Norling College, a distinguished monastic institution originating from Tibet, which later reestablished in Mundgod, South India.

The first part of our name “Gaden Shartse” symbolize that our roots hail from Gaden Shartse Monastery. The second part of our name “Dro-Phen Ling” was auspiciously conferred upon by His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama in Gaden Monastery in the December of 2001.

The dharma centre officially started in July 2002 where its premises was located at No. 12 Guillemard Lane. After 15 years, we relocated to our current premises at No. 39, Geylang Lorong 20 in 2017. Gaden Shartse Dro-Phen Ling continues to grow from strength to strength with a current base of 4,000 members.