Founded by Lama Lhawang Lotus, the Stok Gompa of Ladakh dates back to the 14th century. It is a subsidiary of the Spituk Gompa and belongs to the yellow-hat sect of Buddhism. The entrance verandah of the monastery is adorned with colorful murals of the Guardians of the Four Directions. The recently repainted Dukhang of the Stok Gompa houses a number of banners and thankas. The left wall of the Dukhang has images of Vajrapani (Vajra-in-Hand) and Avalokitesvara (Lord of All He Surveys) in his four-armed manifestation.
The right wall stands proudly with the images of Sakyamuni (the
Historical Buddha), his two disciples, Amchi (the Buddha Medicine), Tara
(the Saviouress) and Nangyalma. There is a central throne inside the
Stok Monastery of Leh Ladakh, which has been reserved for the Dalai Lama
and the one on its right is for the head lama of Stok. Behind the
Dukhang is a small chapel, constituting the oldest part of the Gompa.
The central image inside the temple is that of Tsong-kha-pa, the founder
of the yellow-hat sect of Tibetan Buddhism.
On the right-hand side of the Dukhang is another small chapel, housing
a row of Buddha images that depict the eight hand gestures of Buddha.
The Stok Monastery of Ladakh also has a library, with complete set of
the Kandshur, the 108 volumes of the Buddha's teachings. Some time back,
a new temple of Avalokitesvara was added to the monastery. It houses a
large image of Avalokitesvara with his 1,000 arms and 11 heads. Nearby
the Stok Gompa, a ritual dance-mask takes place on the 9th and 10th day
of the Tibetan 1st month.