If Buddhism in Ladakh has to be described in one word, it should be called as the ‘linchpin’ or the main support system that ushers life into every bit of this magnificent tourist destination in India. Almost the entire of Ladakh Valley is illuminated by the life and preaching of Lord Buddha, and is highly influenced by the ideologies of Tibetan Buddhism.
Even while visiting the various tourist places in Ladakh, one can witness the essence of Buddhism in Ladakh. The numerous monasteries and stupas across the valley stands as a testimony to how Buddhism flourished and influenced almost all the corners of the Land of High Passes.
At present, the locals of Ladakh follows His Highness Dalai Lama as their supreme religious leader. Originally named Tenzin Gyatso, His Highness Dalai Lama is the 14th in the list of Dalai Lamas. He was recognised by the previous Lama as the incarnation of the Lord and was later crowned as the present Dalai Lama.
In addition to visiting the monasteries in Ladakh, one can also learn more about the religion and its other aspects while in here. The Central Institute of Buddhist Studies in Ladakh is one such institute that teaches the history of Buddhism in India. Located in Choglamsar; around 8km from the heart of Leh, this prestigious institute was established in 1959, it also encourages modern education among its students.