Minneapolis, MN, which houses the second-largest Tibetan exile community in the U.S., is also home to a traditional Buddhist monastery. Gyuto Wheel of Dharma Monastery, the first western branch of Tibet's Gyuto lineage, was created under the guidance of H.H. Dalai Lama with a two-fold mission. In addition to daily practices in meditation and mindfulness, including the often-recorded multiphonic chanting and creation of elaborate "butter sculptures" and sand mandalas, the Gyuto monks share instruction passed on directly from the historic Buddha, Siddhartha Gautama, while also preserving the unique traditions of Tibetan monastic life preserved in exile.
The Monastery, located at 2601 Taylor St. NE, is unique among Twin Cities meditation communities (several of which are detailed here) offering a direct connection to first-generation monks, many of whom have been raised since childhood in Tibetan monastic traditions.
The Monastery welcomes visitors at its public events and weekly teachings, details of which can be found at gyuto.us.