Gyuto Tantric Gompa

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The little village of Sidhbari, 6km from Dharamsala towards Palampur, is the adopted home of Ogyen Trinley Dorje, who is widely accepted as the 17th Karmapa (leader of the important Karma Kagyu school of Tibetan Buddhism).

Ogyen Trinley Dorje's temporary seat is the large Gyuto Tantric Gompa. When in residence, he gives half-hour public audiences on Wednesday and Saturday at 2.30pm; foreign visitors are welcome but security is tight: bring your passport and be ready to leave bags, phones and cameras outside the auditorium.

Gyuto monks are famous for their deep-throated chanting and have performed at Glastonbury Festival, the Sydney Opera House and elsewhere.