Monasteries of Tibet

  • Sakya Monastery

    The monastery is a place that visitors cannot miss. The monastery lies 130 kilometers (80 miles) southwest of Shigatse. Sakya, meaning "Grey Soil" in Tibetan since the soil around is grey, is the center monastery of Sakyapa sect of Tibetan Buddhism. Its wall is painted with red, white and grey strips, which represent Manjushri, Avalokiteshvara and Vajrapani respectively. The monastery has great influence over the Tibetan history and cultural development. Owing to its valuable and voluminous amount of Buddhist sutras an ...

  • Kumbu Monastery

    The Kubum Monastery was built in the 15th century, It is situated in the west of Gyantse Town With mountains enclosing from the east, west and north 3 sides, its uniqueness is that its three Sects of Buddhism- Shaja, Ningma and Guolu are living harmoniously under one roof. Each sect has 6-7 courtyards in the monastery. There are various kinds of thankas, a huge bronze statue of Jiangba, the Jainrese of a Thousand Hands and a Thousand Eyes in the monastery.
    There is a hall of arhat made during the Ming Dynasty. The arhats ...

  • Samye Monastery

    Known as the first monastery ever built in Tibet . Situated in Dranang, Samye Monastery was completed in 779. I t was founded by the Tibetan King Trisiong Detsen and belongs to the Nyingmapa and Sakyapa sects. Samye means "unimaginable" in Tibetan. The monastery combines the styles of China , Tibet and India , and the layout was designed to represent the ideal universe described in Buddhist scriptures. It is said that the monastery was destroyed by fire and was rebuilt for three hundred years as the residence of the 6t ...

  • Drepung Monastery

    It is the biggest of the 3 monasteries, situated on the slope of Mt.Guopei. It is 10 km to the west of Lhasa . The Monastery is so big that it resembles a town. Zongkaba's disciple Jiangyang Qujie who was versed in both Esoteric and Exotoric Buddhism built it in 1416. The Monastery consists of a number of grand halls chambers, and the dalai Lamas' palaces. 190 huge pillars are standing in the Grand Hall of Guoqin, which could sit, as many as 10,000 lamas.
    With the support of plutocrats, it developed as the riches ...

  • Tashilunpo Monastery

    The Tashilhunpo Monastery sprawls on the slope of Mt. Niser , southwest of Shigatse .It covers an area of about 300,000 square meters with a floor space of about 30,000 sq. meters, painted in red and white, the buildings in the monastery stand closely together in terraced rows offering a grand and majestic view. The monastery was founded in 1447 by Gendun Zhuba, one of the principal disciples of the Founder of the Yellow Sect Zongkaba, and was then enlarged consistently by different generations of Panchen Lama until it acquired ...

  • Sera Monastery

    Sera, one of the three largest monasteries of Gelugpa, sit at the foothills of Tatipu. It is as prestigious as Drepung and Ganden, which both have longer histories. Sera, in Tibetan, means "Wild Rose Garden" since opulent wild rose woods once grew around it. The Sera monastery was completed in 1419. The Monastery is erected grandly at a mountain slope with a colorful architecture. Sera Monastery together with Ganden Monastery and Drepung Monastery in Lhasa are known as the Three Great.
    Sera is designed around a ...