“The work undertaken by the Gyuto monks through Gyuto House Australia in making these practical techniques, philosophical insights and universal value of loving kindness and compassion a potential part of everyday life is immensely appreciated by me”
– His Holiness the Dalai Lama
Gyuto House Australia has been in existence since 1994,
bringing the Gyuto Monks of Tibet to Australia on annual tours and retreats.
“Many thousands of years ago, in geological terms, the land masses of Tibet and Australia were said to be connected.
Today, there is a growing spiritual connection through which Tibetans and Australians are rediscovering and delighting in their shared cultural human values of kindness and compassion” interested in requesting the monks’ presence in your town? Maybe you’d like to become a Sponsor of the Gyuto Monks by sponsoring one of the refugee monks in India? Maybe you’d like to make a donation?
“The Gyuto Monks are masters of Tibetan Buddhist tantric ritual and their lives are dedicated to practicing tantric ideals. To be with them, to observe and be touched by their humanity, is to see kindness in action.”
The Gyuto Monks of Tibet have a strong tradition and history, that continues into the present day.
Gyuto House provides a base for the Gyuto Monks in Australia, hosting their visits and organizing their tour itineraries. It arranges cultural exchanges, tours, school visits and also unique programs which focus on providing emotional support through meditation and interaction with the monks.
The dual aim of helping the monks while they, in turn, help Australians to celebrate the innate qualities of kindness in the national psyche, has been an identifiable feature of all their subsequent visits since 1994.
With laughter and tears, schoolchildren from Port Adelaide to Cape York, Aboriginal elders from the Nullabor to the Wallaga Lakes, mayors, politicians, business people, public servants, academics, artists, sports enthusiasts, all races, nationalities and religions, respond positively to the warmth, love and infectious goodwill of the monks.
Gyuto House is a public benevolent institution which exists on voluntary support and sponsorship. Through it’s cultural activities, it raises funds to help Gyuto Monastery support its young refugee monks, many of whom are recent arrivals from Tibet, as well as the dwindling numbers of elderly monks who escaped Tibet in 1959, and who have struggled to preserve their ancient culture throughout the past 30 years in exile.
Gyuto House and the Gyuto Monks have no budget base and all activities are self-funding.
The Gyuto Monks of Tibet occupy a unique spiritual and cultural niche in the Australian community. Since their first visit in 1994, they have forged a very special relationship with thousands of Australians across all spectrums of society.
Gyuto House in Adelaide took shape in early 1996 with a mandate to imprint the exercise of kindness and compassion onto our cultural identity. It is an operation which links into the consciousness of ordinary individuals, rather than power structures. It is a simple approach which works through the presence of the monks themselves.
In a meeting that year with His Holiness, the Dalai Lama, he voiced his appreciation of the concept of going out into the community to spread awareness of Tibetan culture and the practical benefits of the system of values and ethics contained within the Buddhist philosophy.
Gyuto House Australia Inc. is the first of its kind in the West – a cultural art and philosophy centre based on the ancient and enduring principles and ethics found within the Gelug-pa lineage of Tibetan Buddhism and practiced by the Gyuto Monks.
From the beginning, the concept was to establish a broad-based cultural forum which, through its activities, would enable the community to explore ways of developing greater kindness, compassion and ethical behaviour.
Public programs extend to art galleries, museums, shopping centres, theatres, schools, universities and the Bush. The monks have chanted for world peace on the shores of Lake Eyre at dawn, on snow covered mountains at Falls Creek, in the Daintree rainforest, out on the Great Barrier Reef, in the desert at Maralinga; they have chanted in the Sydney Opera House and at the National Gallery of Victoria, as well as for many tiny communities such as Ceduna, South Australia, Geraldton, Western Australia; Tilba, New South Wales; and Kuranda, Far North Queensland.