Katok Monastery is one of the six principal (“mother”) monasteries of the Nyingma school of Tibetan Buddhism. It is located on a top of mountain with altitude of 4200 meters above sea level approxiamtely 70km from Pelyul county that has made this small Tibetan Town becomes the most convenient town to begin the journey onto Katok Monastery
Katok Festival is also “Katok Monk Mask Dance Festival”. It is one of the major events that Katok Monastery holds almost annually. The 10th day of the 6th Month on Tibetan Calendar is the birthday of Padmasambhava (‘Lotus-born’), whom was an 8th-century master of Buddhist tantra, and is credited with bring [simple_tooltip content=’ Vajrayana is the tantric corpus of Buddhism, refers to one of three routes to enlightenment, the other two are Srovakayona and Mahoyona’]Vajrayana [/simple_tooltip]to Tibet and Bhutan. He is revered today as one of the great patriarchs of Tibetan Buddhism and the founder of the Nyinma Pa. He is also called “Guru Rinpoche,” and “the Buddha of our time”.
Katok Festival is in memory of Padmasambhava with programs of Mask Dance that to banish the evil, chanting, and Unfolding the Thangkar at noon time when the sun is at the stongest moment of a day; 2017 Katok Festival date will be held from July 31st to August 2nd, for attending this festival please visit this page