Best Things to Do in Lhasa, Tibet

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Welcome to the holy land of Tibet! Here is the guide on where to stay, where to eat and the best things to do in Lhasa.

Lhasa is a spiritual place with the power to move even the most hardened traveler. Its name itself translates to mean “Place of the Gods”, and it’s easy to see why once you are here.

The spiritual city has been the centre of the Tibetan Buddhist world for over a millennium. It is here in Lhasa, an other-worldly mix of flickering butter lamps, wafting incense and prostrating pilgrims, that most visitors first fall in love with Tibet.

Shops with a touch of tradition for your browsing pleasures

Browse at shops that had been built to preserve traditional architectural look of Tibet.

These days, the booming boulevards of the modern Chinese city threaten to overwhelm the winding alleyways and backstreet temples of the Tibetan old town. So, head there before Lhasa loses that old-world charm!

All Tibet tours start in Lhasa and most tours also end here, so you’ll inevitably get an introduction to Tibet here. Regardless, Lhasa is a highlight of Tibet for many, it is recommended to spend at least 4 to 7 days in Lhasa. You’ll not only get to know more about Tibet’s history and culture but also take the time to acclimatise to the high altitude.

Entrance to a monastery

Everyday many Buddhist devotees enter temple grounds to do their practices, such as prayers, prostrations, circumambulations.

 

Best Things to Do in Lhasa

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Travel to Lhasa

  • How to travel to Lhasa
  • When to travel to Lhasa
  • How to get to Lhasa

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Travel Tips

  • Dealing with altitude in Lhasa
  • Where to stay in Lhasa
  • Where to eat in Lhasa

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Things to Do (1-5)

  1. Jokhang Temple
  2. Barkhor Square
  3. Potala Palace
  4. Tibet Museum
  5. Norbulingka Palace

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Things to Do (6-11)

  1. Trode Khangsar
  2. Sacred Yamdrok Yumtso Lake
  3. Chakpori Hill
  4. Ramoche Monastery
  5. Drak Yerpa Hermitage
  6. Nyemo Gyelche Monastery

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Day Trips from Lhasa

  1. Drepung Monastery
  2. Sera Monastery
  3. Gaden Monastery
  4. Nechung Monastery

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How to Travel to Lhasa

Tourism is highly restricted in Tibet and independent travel is not allowed, except in Lhasa.

Travelers may explore Lhasa’s markets, squares and old town on their own. It’s an amazing city, you can easily spend a week wandering around. You only need to be accompanied by a tour guide when visiting tourist attractions (any monastery and temple). Taxis are easily available in Lhasa and a one-way journey anyway in the city costs only 10 yuan (US$1.50).

Otherwise, if you plan to venture beyond Lhasa, you must book a Tibet tour to obtain a Tibet Tourism Bureau (TTB) permit; only Chinese, Taiwanese and Hong Kong travelers may enter without a visa.

Besides citizens of Singapore, Brunei and Japan, all visitors require a valid Chinese visa in addition to a Tibet permit. Get your Chinese visa at least a month before your trip, as your tour operator will need it to get the TTB permit.

A busy street with shops

 

When to Travel to Lhasa

Lhasa can be visited all year round, but the best time to visit is in spring and summer (from April to October) when the weather is not too cold. This also depends largely on your Tibet itinerary as certain parts of Tibet can only be visited in summer (e.g. Mount Kailash is covered in snow throughout the year except for summer.)

Most Tibetan festivals take place in spring and summer too, including the month-long Saga Dawa Festival (mainly to celebrate the birth of Buddha, enlightenment, and parinirvana), the week-long Shoton festival (Tibetan opera performance and Buddha Thangka unfolding ceremony) and Nagqu horse racing festival.

A busy street with shops

 

How to Get to Lhasa

Flights to Tibet are expensive, and many people suffer from altitude sickness when flying into Lhasa, via other cities in China or Kathmandu (the only international transit point) to get to Lhasa regardless of where you’re coming from. Return flights to Lhasa from Singapore are around US$500 and from Beijing for US$600.

 

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Another way of getting into Tibet is on the Qinghai-Tibet Railway. This is the highest rail travel in the world, with over 960 km (600 mi) at an elevation of over 4,000 m (13,123 ft) and almost half of the tracks built on permafrost. The rail journey starts in Beijing, the Chinese capital, taking 40 hours to reach Lhasa.

But the landscapes only begin to impress from Xining onwards, whizzing past high-altitude lakes, vast plains and mountain passes. Train tickets are not cheap, at around US$280 for a soft sleeper and $200 for a hard sleeper (prices can change depending on season) each way.

A comfortable train ride

Traveling by train is preferable as it helps to acclimatise our body to the high-altitude and we are able to enjoy the different sceneries on the way to Lhasa.

 

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Dealing with Altitude in Lhasa

The capital city Lhasa itself stands at 3,550 m (11,646 ft) above sea level. At such a dizzying height, it’s easy to suffer from AMS (Acute Mountain Sickness) if you don’t take the time to acclimatise to the conditions upon arrival in Lhasa.

Tibetan people are genetically adapted to living at higher altitudes. They have more red blood cells than most of us and that helps them to live with the limited oxygen at high altitudes.

Most people flying into Lhasa suffer from AMS; symptoms include lightheadedness, nausea, short of breath and headaches. Make sure to get some Diamox (Acetazolamide) before your trip and start the medication at least one day before landing in Lhasa. Give yourself plenty of time to rest and acclimatise in Lhasa before you explore.

Tibetan prayer flags

Tibetan prayer flags with printed mantras or prayers are strung up to bless the people and environment.

 

Where to Stay in Lhasa

Accommodation is included in most Tibet tours if you booked the tour before arriving. But if you are exploring Lhasa on your own or arriving a few days before your tour starts, it is possible to book hotels in Lhasa online. Prices are affordable, at $50 one can get a comfortable three-star hotel in the historical centre.  The best area to stay in is the old town where you’ll find plenty of temples, restaurants and narrow alleys.

More shops with the traditional style

The shops around Lhasa are built with Tibetan design, in tandem to China’s policy of preserving the traditional culture of Tibetans.

 

Here are some of the recommended hotels:

St Regis Resort Lhasa is the best place to stay in Lhasa, with its ultra luxurious and spacious rooms for those who want to splurge after roughing out in rural Tibet. It’s a walk away from town so one must get a taxi to go anywhere.

Lhasa Gang-Gyan Hotel is a comfortable 4-star hotel with high standards of accommodation and an excellent location, just a few minutes’ walk from Barkhor Square. The breakfast spread was impressive. However, hotel staff are not well conversed in English.

House of Shambala is a boutique hotel brimming with traditional Tibetan flair. They have a beautiful restaurant that serves delicious food. Rooms are decorated in true authentic Tibetan fashion.

Tashi Choeta Boutique Hotel is a simple three-star hotel that is great for the budget traveler. It is in the historical quarters, with a charming lounge area in its central courtyard. The hotel’s interior is decorated in traditional Tibetan style and the service is excellent.

Comfortable hotel room for your stay

A comfortable room with twin beds at Tasha Choela Boutique Hotel

 

Where to Eat in Lhasa

Don’t come to Tibet expecting gourmet meals; traditional Tibetan fare is simple and basic. Tibetans used to subsist on tsampa (barley flour) and butter tea, but now many Chinese dishes have been introduced to their culinary diet. Typical Tibetan dishes include yak momo (steamed dumplings with yak meat), Tibetan noodles in broth, and stir-fried vegetables with rice.

Chinese dishes usually on the menu include chili chicken, cashew chicken, double fried pork meat, and yak meat with vegetables. They’re good and authentic in my opinion but can be oily and spicy for some western tastebuds. Only in Lhasa will you find international restaurants that serve pizzas, as well as, Nepali and Indian thali sets.

A delicious Tibetan dish

A delicious Tibetan dish

 

Recommended restaurants in Lhasa:

House of Shambala is highly recommended for their delicious food and they have an impressive selection of momos. Their platters of pakora and other Tibetan Nepali snacks are excellent. With thereat atmosphere and good service provided, often diners will return again for an enjoyable meal.

Tibetan Family Kitchen is a cosy home-style diner that makes you feel like you are dining in someone’s home. Make your way there through a narrow alleyway, up the stairs through an apartment building and you’ll find yourself in a local home. You not only get to eat home-cooked Tibetan food but you can also try your hand at cooking them.

Po Ba Tsang Restaurant is a modern restaurant serving Tibetan and Chinese dishes that are huge in portions and great in flavour.

House of Shambala, a cheerful cosy restaurant that serves excellent food

House of Shambala, a cheerful cosy restaurant that serves excellent food

 

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1. Jokhang Temple

It is recommended to start your trip in Lhasa with a visit to Jokhang Temple. An ancient Tibetan saying goes “No journey to Lhasa is complete without a visit to Jokhang Temple” and for that reason, this is everyone’s first point of call.

Exterior of Jokhang Temple

Exterior of Jokhang Temple

Jokhang Temple is considered by Tibetans as the most sacred and important temple in Tibet. Dating back to the 7th century, this is the oldest Buddhist temple in the country. The beautiful ancient temple, painted in deep hues of Red and Gold, is an important pilgrimage site and it is not uncommon to see lines upon lines of pilgrims waiting outside the temple daily, ready to make their special journey.

Around the temple, you’ll find Barkhor street is where crowds of worshipers are either prostrating in prayer, turning their prayer wheels or bowing to Buddha statues.

 

2. Barkhor Square

Barkhor Square is the main square of Lhasa. The square has been a focus for violent political protests on several occasions, notably in 1998 (when a Dutch tourist was shot in the shoulder) and most recently in 2008.

Barkhor Square

Barkhor Square

These days, there’s still a presence of riot-squad vehicles surrounding the square, but the atmosphere is a lot more relaxed. There are lots of vendors selling everything from fresh produce to incense. Much of the market remains traditional and authentic, and you can watch as nomads haggle with the sellers to push for the best prices.

Pilgrims prostrating to the external wall of Jokhang Monastery

Pilgrims prostrating to the external wall of Jokhang Monastery

 

3. Potala Palace

Next, make a beeline for the world-renowned Potala Palace, former home of the Dalai Lama. This iconic building symbolizes Tibetan Buddhism and its central role in the traditional administration of Tibet. Built in the 7th century, this was the chief residence of the Dalai Lamas until the 14th Dalai Lama fled to India during the 1959 Tibetan uprising.

Potala Palace

Potala Palace was built in the 7th century and has been the chief residence of the Dalai Lamas until the 14th Dalai Lama, who is currently residing in India.

Today it’s a museum and a World Heritage Site. It’s an impressive complex to visit, with hundreds of rooms, historical artefacts and displays. You’ll have to climb quite a few steps to get up to the palace, but the view from the top is spectacular. The ancient hallways and constant aroma of incense make you feel like you’re stepping back in time.

Entrance to the Potala Palace

Entrance to the Potala Palace

 

4. Tibet Museum

After visiting Lhasa’s most popular sights, head to the Tibet Museum to see interesting exhibits and heavy Communist Party propaganda. Starting with the prehistory of Tibet, the multiple halls cover everything from weapons and musical instruments to folk handicrafts and fine ancient thangkas (Tibetan sacred art). A useful handheld audio self-touring device (10 Yuan) is available if you bring your passport as a deposit.

Tibet Museum

The halls start logically with prehistory, highlighting the Neolithic sites around Chamdo and rock paintings at Rutok and Nam-tso, mixed in with a few oddities (5000-year-old grain). The third hall features 21 thangkas of Drolma along with a central sand mandala, while the fourth room covers ethnography, with traditional costumes and yak-skin coracle boats.

 

5. Norbulingka Palace

Norbulingka was a summer palace, as well as, an administrative and religious centre for the successive Dalai Lamas from the 1780s till the 14th Dalai Lama’s self-exile in 1959. Norbulingka has been listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 2011.

Norbulingka Palace

The palace is situated on the west side of Lhasa, a short distance to the southwest of Potala Palace. Norbulingka covers an area of around 36 hectares (89 acres) and considered to have the largest man-made garden in Tibet. During the summer and autumn months, the parks in Tibet become hubs of entertainment with dancing, singing, music and festivities.

 

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6. Trode Khangsar

Trode Khangsar

The Trode Khangsar is an important chapel dedicated to Dorje Shugden in Lhasa, Tibet. It was built by His Holiness the 5th Dalai Lama towards the end of the 17th century. Dorje Shugden is an uncommon Dharma protector within Tibetan Buddhism, who is said to protect the Buddhist teachings and Nagarjuna’s Madhyamika (Middle Way) Philosophy as taught by Lama Tsongkhapa specifically. Lama Tsongkhapa was the founder of the great Gelug lineage. Trode Khangsar itself is registered as a national heritage memorial, putting it under the care of the Chinese government at a national level. As recently as 2008, the chapel was being renovated by the Chinese Government. Thus, Trode Khangsar, which is dedicated to Dorje Shugden, continues to be another powerful testament to the high respect His Holiness the 5th Dalai Lama came to develop for Dorje Shugden.

 

7. Sacred Yamdrok Yumtso Lake

Yamdrok Yumtso Lake

Yamdrok Yumtso, also known as Yamzho Yumco or ‘Turquoise Lake of the Upper Pasture’, is one of the three largest sacred lakes in Tibet. At 72 km (44.7 mi) long, Yamdrok Yumtso Lake is a freshwater lake, fed by the many streams from the surrounding mountains and as its namesake is deep turquoise in colour.

Local legend has it that the lake is the physical manifestation of the goddess Dorje Geg Kyi Tso. Many pilgrims would circumambulate this lake annually, some circumambulate using prostrations. Yamdrok Yumtso Lake is sacred as the appointed group responsible to search for the next Dalai Lama’s reincarnation will come to her for divination.

Padmasambhava, the second Buddha who in the 8th century brought Buddhism to Tibet, had been closely linked to the lake, its islands, and the surrounding area. Samding Monastery sits on a peninsula that juts into the lake, is famous for being the only monastery to be headed by a female reincarnate, Samding Dorje Phagmo. This female abbot stays and heads a community of about thirty monks and nuns in Samding Monastery.

The Yamdrok Hydropower Station, the largest in Tibet, was completed and dedicated in 1996 near the small village of Baidi at the lake’s western end.

 

8. Chakpori Hill

1938 photo of Men-Tsee-Khang on top of Chakpori (English translation is "Iron Hill"), taken from the Gate or Pargo Kaling

1938 photo of Men-Tsee-Khang on top of Chakpori (English translation is “Iron Hill”), taken from the “Western Gate” or Pargo Kaling

Chakpori seen from Potala (2013)- a large antenna on top, replaced the Tibetan Medical and Astrological College called Men-Tsee-Khang

Chakpori seen from Potala (2013)- a large antenna on top, replaced the Tibetan Medical and Astrological College called Men-Tsee-Khang

Standing tall at 3,725 m (12,221 ft) above sea level, the Chakpori Hill, also known as the “Iron Mountain” and the “Hill of Medicine King”, offers a panoramic view of its famous neighbour, the Potala Palace, the ancient city of Lhasa and its surrounding landscapes. Chakpori Hill, believed to be the soul mountain of Vajrapani, is traditionally one of three main hills known as the “Three Protectors of Tibet”. The other two are Pongwari Hill being the soul mountain of Manjushri and Marpori Hill (where Potala stands) that of Chenrezig. Chakpori Hill is a place of every photographer’s dream and there will be a crowd at dawn to capture the beautiful scenes of the first rays of the sun beaming on the Potala Palace. Princess Wencheng, the Chinese wife of King Songtsen Gampo, had prayed on this hill often, facing her imperial home in Chang’an, China.

Chakpori Hills - painted thousand Buddhas rock carvings

Chakpori Hills – painted thousand Buddhas rock carvings

Many pictures of Buddhas and Tibetan Buddhist scriptures are engraved on the hill, including a well preserved historical grotto of over a thousand years which has 69 lifelike stone statues engraved into the face of the mountain. Some of the carvings date back to the times of King Songtsen Gampo. Pilgrims will offer and place the mani stones (stones carved with sacred Buddhist mantras) by the hill, to request for blessings from the Buddhas. A place worth visiting is the spring named “Holy Water” that was the favourite of the Dalai Lama due to the pure and sweet fountain from the spring.

Once a temple sat on top of the Chakpori Hill, containing the sapphire blue statue of the Tibetan Medicine King. A manifestation of Buddha Sakyamuni, the Medicine King was said to cure patients of all diseases. It was the temple where all lamas came to study traditional Tibetan medicine during the times of the 5th Dalai Lama (1642-1682). Late 17th century, the Tibetan Medical and Astrology Institute (Men-Tsee-Khang), was formally established on Chakpori Hill by Desi Sangye Gyatso. Now a towering radio antenna stands where the Medical and Astrological Institute was.

Pargo Kaling Chorten - the western gate to Lhasa

Pargo Kaling Chorten – the western gate to Lhasa

Noteworthy is the famous Pargo Kaling Chorten that sits on the spur that connects Chagpori to Potala. It serves as the western gate to Lhasa and although demolished in 1967, it had since been rebuilt in 1995.

 

9. Ramoche Monastery

Ramoche Monastery

Ramoche Monastery is the second most important Buddhist monastery in Lhasa after the Jokhang Monastery. Sitting on 4,000 square m (43,055 square ft) of land, Ramoche Monastery is a popular attraction in Lhasa and is one of the key cultural relic protection sites of the Tibet Autonomous Region. As it was built by Han Chinese architects and with Princess Wencheng in charge, the original building complex has a strong 7th century Tang Dynasty influence. The monastery reflected Princess Wencheng’s thoughts of home when it was built to face east towards China.

Jowo Mikyoe Dorje of Ramoche Monastery (click to enlarge)

In 1986, a major restoration was undertaken and only the Buddha palace on the first floor is in its original state. The three-storey main building has the first floor (with an atrium, a scripture hall, and the Buddha palace and winding corridors), the second floor is mainly residential with a small chapel housing the Buddha of Nagas, and the third floor is the bedroom reserved for His Holiness the Dalai Lama. Noteworthy are the ten pillars of the main building holding some remaining local relics such as the coiling clouds, jewelry, encased lotus flowers and Tibetan characters. One of the most important relics is the life-sized statue of Buddha Shakyamuni (known as Jowo Mikyoe Dorje) at 8-year old, which had been brought into Tibet by the Nepalese Princess Bhrikuti. The 12-year old Buddha Shakyamuni statue, brought in by Princess Wencheng from the capital Chang’an, was originally housed in Ramoche Monastery but is now residing in Jokhang.

Ramoche Monastery is a fine example of Han and Tibetan architecture and its golden peak with the upturned eave of Han style can be seen from all directions in the city of Lhasa. The Ramoche Monastery is renown to be the place for Tibetan monks to study Vajrayana Buddhism.

 

10. Drak Yerpa Hermitage

Drak-Yerpa-Hermitage

Drak Yerpa Hermitage is an important meditation site that is actually a complex of an ancient cave in Taktse County, east of Lhasa. With an elevation of 4,400 m (11,646 ft) to 4,800 m (15,748 ft), slightly higher than that of Lhasa, it helps visitors to acclimatise to the elevation of Lhasa after their visits. Drak Yerpa is especially interesting for meditators as it has a rich significant history of many important Buddhist Masters meditating in the caves. King Songtsen Gampo with his two foreign wives, Nepali princess Bhrikuti and Chinese Princess Wencheng, had meditated at Peu Marsergyi Lhakhang, where they found the self-arising sign of Buddha’s body, speech and mind. They later went to meditate at Chogyel Puk. At Sewalung, treasure finder, Darcharuba found the ritual dagger of Sera Phurzhal, on the many terma objects that Padmasambhava had hidden around Drak Yerpa. Padmasambhava spent seven months in meditation retreat at Dawa Puk and it became well known as one of the three places where he gained spiritual attainments (drub-ne). Lhalung Pelgyi Dorje had stayed in solitary meditation at Yerpa, before and after his assassination of the apostate King Langdarma.

Drak Yerpa came into prominence again during the 11th century under the Kadampa influence when Lu-me founded 108 temples on the hillside while Marton Chokyi Jungne founded the Jampa Lhakhang. Atisha was there for three years and constructed Kyormo Lhakhang and the Chokhang with the help of his main disciples.

 

11. Nyemo Gyelche Monastery

Nyemo Gyelche Monastery – Main Entrance

Nyemo Gyelche Monastery – Main Entrance

Nyemo Gyelche Monastery is located in Nyalam County and founded by Yonten Gyatso, a descendant of Thonmi Sambhota. As you walk in the very traditional ornate main prayer hall of this Gelug monastery, your eyes will be riveted to its altar where a 1.8 m (6 ft) tall statue of Lama Tsongkapa sits. Lama Tsongkapa is the founder of the Gelugpa lineage.

Lama Tsongkapa statue on the altar of the main prayer hall

Lama Tsongkapa statue on the altar of the main prayer hall (click to enlarge)

There is a protector chapel next to the main prayer hall and the main protector that is propitiated is Dorje Shugden. Nyemo Gyelche Monastery has an oracle who takes trance of the protector Dorje Shugden, known for giving powerful blessings and accurate advice. There are currently twenty-two monks at the monastery.

Nyemo Gyelche Monastery’s attractions include an annual performance of the Dorje Shugden Cham dance, which portrays the arising of this great protector of Lama Tsongkapa’s precious teachings, a fulfilment of a promise made many lifetimes before. The monks follow very stringent preparation and practices ahead of this Cham dance portraying holy beings, and it is an absolute spectacle with the costumes and splendid regalia.

Dorje Shugden in the protector chapel

Dorje Shugden in the protector chapel (click to enlarge)

Kache Marpo, a minister of Dorje Shugden

Kache Marpo, a minister of Dorje Shugden (click to enlarge)

Cham Dance in Nyemo Gyelche Monastery telling the story of Dorje Shugden arising as a protector

Cham Dance in Nyemo Gyelche Monastery telling the story of Dorje Shugden arising as a protector

Nyemo Gyelche Monastery and its monks were also featured in a documentary report about the tradition of making 3D wood mandalas, which represent the celestial abode of a deity. Although Nyemo Gyelche Monastery may not be featured in commercial tours, it is recommended to visit this monastery for its authentic traditional practices and beautiful statues, as well as its impressive ornate Tibetan interiors.

Monks of Nyemo Gyelche Monastery constructing a 3D mandala

Monks of Nyemo Gyelche Monastery constructing a 3D mandala

 

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1. Drepung Monastery

The front of Drepung Monastery

The front of Drepung Monastery

If you have over three days, it is recommended to head out to the outskirts of Lhasa to explore three of the most important monasteries in Tibet. Drepung Monastery is the largest of all Tibetan monasteries and is perched on the Gambo Utse mountain. Note that there are lots of slopes and stairs (which can get tiresome at such high altitudes), but it’s worthwhile to visit just to witness monks chanting their daily prayers and soak in the spiritual atmosphere of the monastery.

A grand view of the mountains from the top of Drepung Monastery

A grand view of the mountains from the top of Drepung Monastery

 

2. Sera Monastery

In Tibetan monasteries, monks often carry out debates for better understanding of Buddhist philosophies; but these debates are usually not opened to the public, except at Sera Monastery. Sera is another one of the three great Gelugpa monasteries of Tibet and was founded in 1419.

Exterior of Sera Monastery

Exterior of Sera Monastery

The highlight of anyone’s visit here is the monk’s debate at around 3-5pm every day. It was such an eye-opening experience seeing the monks in action. The debates were punctuated with vigorous gestures which made the whole ambience lively. They made dramatic gestures such as striking the right palm on the left palm followed with the right hand in the sliding motion towards the opponent, accompanied with verbal questions to be answered.

The courtyard of Sera Monastery with monks in a debate

The courtyard of Sera Monastery with monks in a debate

 

3. Gaden Monastery

Ganden Monastery

About 50 km (31 mi) east of Lhasa, Gaden Monastery was the first Gelugpa monastery. It was founded in 1417 CE by Tsongkhapa. Two koras (pilgrim circuits) offer astounding views over the braided Kyi-chu Valley and you’ll probably meet more pilgrims here than anywhere else. Some 400 monks now study in Gaden, and extensive reconstruction has been underway for some time now, alongside a strong police presence.

Painted murals on rocks near Gaden Monastery

Painted murals on rocks near Gaden Monastery

 

4. Nechung Monastery

This monastery, 10 minutes’ walk downhill from Drepung Monastery, is worth a visit for its historical role as the seat of the Tibetan State Oracle until 1959. The Nechung oracle was the protector of the Buddhist state, and the Dalai Lamas would make no important decision without first consulting him. Nechung Monastery is an eerie place associated with possession, exorcism and other pre-Buddhist rites. The blood-red doors at the entrance are painted with flayed human skins, and scenes of torture line the top of the outer courtyard.

Nechung Monastery

Nechung Monastery is easily reached on foot after visiting Drepung, on the way to the main road. A path leads past mani stone-carvers to the monastery (10 minutes). En route, look for the metal icon moulds dipped in streams to act like underwater prayer flags, releasing fleeting fluid icons.

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  1. Tsa Tsa Ong on Dec 12, 2019 at 2:30 pm

    Thank you very much Rinpoche and blog team for sharing this wonderful travel tips and pictures about beautiful and spiritual land of Tibet. Hope everyone will have the merits to visit beautiful Tibet for pilgrimage. ????

  2. S.Prathap on Sep 10, 2019 at 4:08 pm

    Thank you for sharing a good article .The information given was really useful,well guide over things to do and places to visit.Lhasa is a spiritual place with the power to more even the most hardened traveler.
    Just in Lhasa alone , there are so many places we can pay a visit.This place is must visit place at least once in a lifetime.Lhasa, Tibet such an unique destination.

  3. sarassitham on Feb 14, 2019 at 3:25 pm

    Always wondering what people do in Lhasa, a world famous city for the sites of historical interest in Buddhism and a spiritual land of the Tibetan. The information was super good, well guide over the things to do, places to stay and visit. Found it interesting and a marvelous place to visit as it takes only a few days to complete a full tour there. The scenery of ancient historical building and the rich cultural of the Buddhism can be seen. Even it will be a costly trip to Lhasa but the journey will be incredible. I think its a place must to visit once in lifetime .

  4. Parth2 on Feb 4, 2019 at 3:27 pm

    A beautiful, comprehensive and wonderful guide for all activities that can be done in order to explore, experience and feel Lhasa, the capital of Tibet, to it’s core. Truly tremendous and most useful with all the little information that usually overlooked.

  5. Samfoonheei on Feb 3, 2019 at 6:32 am

    Interesting …….with this travelling guide article coming at the right time for anyone planning to travel to Lhasa, Tibet. Lhasa is also known as the “roof of the world”, with so many Holy monasteries and sacred lakes for those wishing to on pilgrimage. And for tourist to see the beautiful ancient architecture buildings built centuries ago as well. Once a life time , for one to go on a pilgrimage to where all the Holy places, Tibetan State Oracle and Lakes of our Great Masters meditates and so forth. It would be wonderful to visit those historical monasteries with a long history. Looking forward to this visit to see for myself those beautiful monasteries , doing some prayers there.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

  6. Yee Yin on Jan 31, 2019 at 5:49 pm

    Thank you for this very comprehensive travel guide to Tibet. It is very useful as it has listed down all the information we need from the preparations prior to visiting Tibet to the suggested itinerary. Just in Lhasa alone, there are so many places we can visit.

    There are many holy Buddhist sites we can visit when we are in Lhasa. These places are full of positive energy because many high lamas and attained masters had been to these places doing their meditations and gaining realisations. We can collect tremendous amount of merits when we make offerings in these places.

    When I look at the landscape of Tibet and the monasteries that were built high up the mountains, I am amazed at how the building of the monasteries could be completed without modern technology. It must have been a very difficult task. Just imagine, the building materials had to be transported from the ground to the mountains maybe by animals or humans. It might have taken a long time to complete the building of the monastery, but it was not impossible.

    When we have the chance, we must go and visit Tibet. It is such a unique destination, especially for Vajrayana practitioners.

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  • Sarassitham
    Friday, Sep 24. 2021 09:37 PM
    Money is an important factor in everyone’s life. Holding cash on you hand isn’t enough. It’s how you value it, use it, grow it, and spend it, that matters most. Money is only a tool or medium to achieve happiness, it may not guarantee happiness.

    In this Covid -19 pandemic situations we know many lost their jobs , The middle class shrunk as thousands of people were pushed in poor class . On the other hand rich people were not affected much financially.

    If one seek happiness, friendliness, charitable disposition, concern for others, and similar attributes, no amount of money can buy these, you get them only by cultivating positive attitudes at the very young age.

    Contrary to what most people think, it is not money or the love of money which is the root of evil—it is greed, a love of power and authority, poverty, and a fear of want which are often the roots of evil in this world.

    https://bit.ly/3CNlpU1
  • Samfoonheei
    Friday, Sep 24. 2021 03:10 PM
    One of the greatest blessings for Buddhist practitioners of our time manifested all because of Tulku Drakpa Gyaltsen a great scholar-saint. In the book “Music Delighting the Ocean of Protectors“, the Third Trijang Rinpoche, Lobsang Yeshe Tenzin Gyatso had confirmed Depa Norbu as the murderer of Tulku Drakpa Gyaltsen. The Third Trijang Rinpoche, Lobsang Yeshe Tenzin Gyatso was a Gelugpa Lama and a direct disciple of Pabongkhapa Déchen Nyingpo. He was a junior tutor of the H H the 14th Dalai Lama and also a teacher who had taught many Gelug Lamas in the West. Due to jealousy and envy court officers of the 5th Dalai Lama murdered Tulku Drakpa Gyaltsen without the 5th Dalai Lama knowledge. It was at Depa Norbu’s hand and under his orders that Tulku Drakpa Gyaltsen was murdered. Interesting read of this post.
    Thank you Rinpoche and Pastor Jean Ai for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/external-articles/the-3rd-kyabje-trijang-rinpoche-points-out-clearly-the-murderer-of-tulku-drakpa-gyeltsen.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Friday, Sep 24. 2021 03:07 PM
    In a nutshell, Hong Kong is famous for attractions such as Causeway Bay, The Peak, and Hong Kong Disneyland. A city where skyscrapers meet centuries-old temples, Hong Kong is also known for its night markets filled with delights like dim sum and egg waffles. There’s so much more to this vibrant city. From a stunning skyline to surprising and gorgeous natural sceneries . There are many places of interest for locals and tourist such as Hong Kong Disneyland, Tian Tan Buddha , temple street night market to name a few. Renowned as the culinary capital of Asia, Hong Kong is a world of exquisite, mouth-watering international dining options and most peaceful place to visit. The imposing structure Tsing Ma Bridge is one of the most prominent landmarks of Hong Kong and that links it to Lantau Island.
    I have not been to this beautiful Hong Kong yet but heard so much about the beauty which one day love to visit. Interesting read.
    Thank you Rinpoche and Stella Cheang for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/travel/wonderful-hong-kong.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Friday, Sep 24. 2021 03:04 PM
    Beautiful unique island that’s belongs to Japan with a beautiful history. Okinawa is Japan’s southernmost prefecture, consisting of a few dozen, small beautiful islands including many inhabited islands over a vast ocean area. This particular island is a so-called Blue Zone, an area where the people live longer than most others elsewhere in the world. Okinawans are known for their longevity. Okinawa has amazing star-gazing, diving, a unique cuisine and yes, cherry blossoms too. Its also known as the “Hawaii of Japan”. The seas surrounding Okinawa’s islands are considered among the world’s most beautiful with coral reefs and abundant marine wildlife. That’s wonderful with many attractions for tourist to explore especially the Gyokusendo Cave. Its a natural museum beautifully carved over 300,000 years where this limestone cave is grown on a coral reef. Looking at those amazing pictures of the caves tell all. Interesting read and a place worth visiting to get away from the hot weather and the noise of cities. A place with plenty of interests, nice foods , cultural celebration and so forth.
    Thank you Rinpoche and Pastor Adeline for this sharing

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/art-architecture/wonderful-okinawa.html
  • Sarassitham
    Thursday, Sep 23. 2021 05:26 PM
    Thank you for this very interesting article on the amazing Xuanzang and his journey to the West. He is particularly famous for his valuable and historical spiritual journey to India. The life and adventures of a Chinese monk who made a 17-year journey to bring Buddhist teachings from India to China.

    Buddhism became more prevalent and more widely understood in China and subsequently elsewhere in the world. The record of his pilgrimage helps us to study and understand Buddhism and the cultures along the Silk Roads. It seems the Dharma has a life of its own as it worked its way to the West and the rest of the modern and developed world.

    I admire all these translators who made the teachings available to the rest of humanity of having translated it to the dominant language of today, and from that to other languages as well.
  • Samfoonheei
    Thursday, Sep 23. 2021 12:29 PM
    Oprah Winfrey was once a television host, a producer, actress and philanthropist. Been the world’s only black billionaire, that has remained the greatest black philanthropist in American history. The Oprah Winfrey Show ended with thousands of episodes over 25 years. The show’s host addressed serious topics from racism, AIDS and sexual abuse and provided light-hearted moments for viewers. From celebrity interviews to the comedy interviews , which I did enjoyed watching those shows. I always loved and appreciated how she a stand out person willing to represent her people, and her opinions were very valid at times.
    Even in the face of adversity and hardship, she had gone through she made it to where she is now. Inspiring story behind , from rag to riches. Interesting read.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/people/oprahs-last-show.html
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    Meditations are excellent for cognitive enhanced performance in our lives as well as relaxation. The silence and stillness we experience in meditation and
    the increased happiness and diminished stress. Calming our mind and gaining insight . Researchers had also observed that there is an immediate dramatic increase in performance on cognitive tasks following only Vajrayana styles meditation. Even just a single session of Vajrayana meditation have amazing benefits that can lead to radical enhancements in brain performance. That’s wonderful. Different meditation techniques have different results yet all meditation have excellent effects
    on the mind and body of each individual who practiced it.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this wonderful sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/current-affairs/vajrayana-meditation-techniques-can-enhance-brain-performance.html
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    Thursday, Sep 23. 2021 12:26 PM
    Earth Hour is a worldwide movement organized by the World Wide Fund for Nature. The main objective of this event which is held annually , encouraging individuals, communities, and businesses to turn off non-essential electric lights . Earth Hour is celebrated worldwide to show support for the fight against climate change and commitment towards a better planet. Well a wonderful idea and is an opportunity for millions of people world wide in support of nature and our planet. More countries are joining hands to combat the problems they are facing in fighting a cooler climate. By switching off our lights for one hour, we can make a substantial difference in energy consumption and can help reduce the effect of global warming on this planet. Earth Hour motivates people to look beyond the hour and has become a major catalyst for positive environmental impact. Its very important to preserving our environment for our future generations. Glad that Malaysia had joined the World to mark The Earth Hour in 2013.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/current-affairs/earth-hour-2013.html
  • Sarassitham
    Wednesday, Sep 22. 2021 06:12 PM
    Thanks for the article sharing, it’s funny yet it’s true. Most on the picture tells the actual play which I experience. I had a great time laughing to the pictures.
  • Sarassitham
    Monday, Sep 20. 2021 08:45 PM
    Thank you for the interesting sharing of the sacred Vajra Yogini statues and the history of the Ratsag Monastery. I am glad to come across this very powerful practice and happy to learn and get connected to this divine Buddha.

    In this modern times, we face so very many challenges with illnesses and diseases, this article is so useful and easy to practice. I had a good read on the historical site of this Monastery and blessed to see the beautiful images.
  • Samfoonheei
    Monday, Sep 20. 2021 03:09 PM
    In folklore, a ghost is the soul or spirit of a dead person appear to the living. Descriptions of ghosts vary widely that exist everywhere depending on the person who see it. Ghosts generally appearing for reasons. These could range from unsolved murders, forced suicides, preventable tragedies and so forth.
    Reading this post has a better understanding of how to solve or rather handle such situation. I do believe ghost do exist after all. To me ,we respect and having compassion for all those unseen beings we so call it ghost. Learning Buddhism and putting into practice, we have the knowledge to deal them. Doing prayers and dedicate to them to relief their sufferings.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/science-mysteries/questions-on-ghosts.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Monday, Sep 20. 2021 03:06 PM
    So touching reading article again. Lama Yeshe a rare attained being indeed giving inspiration to many , leaving a legacy . He was one of the most beloved Tibetan Buddhist masters of the late twentieth century. He was co-founded Kopan Monastery (1969) and the Foundation for the Preservation of the Mahayana Tradition (1975). He followed the Gelug tradition, and was considered unconventional in his teaching style. He is legendary pushes people’s buttons in his teaching similar to Tsem Rinpoche’s teachings . All the pushing is for the students to be better in life. We are indeed fortunate to have Rinpoche at Kechara Forest Retreat , Malaysia . Many of us have benefited from Rinpoche’s teachings .
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/great-lamas-masters/he-would-push-their-buttons.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Monday, Sep 20. 2021 03:04 PM
    Interesting stories behind of this Tsem Ladrang – The House of Devotion at Gaden Monastery . Established and sponsored by Rinpoche’s birth father, Lobsang Gyatso. Tsem Rinpoche offered Tsem Ladrang to Kensur Rinpoche his teacher after leaving for Malaysia as advice by Kensur Rinpoche who was affectionately known as ‘the bodhisattva abbot’.
    Thank you Pastor David for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/great-lamas-masters/tsem-ladrang-the-house-of-devotion.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Saturday, Sep 18. 2021 02:20 PM
    Interesting read of Dr R Nyamaa ‘s biography. Dr R Nyamaa been the very first Mongolian woman doctor of bone tuberculosis. She is a multifaceted woman who works to empower herself and empower others. To be a doctor at those days is definitely brave and courageous. A great teacher having brought many changes to the medical world, introducing many new initiatives and practices in the field of training and treatment. She did published more than 60 articles in research reports, edited 4 manuals and 4 textbooks for students and doctors. She held several post and had received many rewards for her work in medical fields. She continued to serve at the First State Medical Centre till her retirement. Interesting read .
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/inspiration-worthy-words/dr-r-nyamaa-the-grande-dame-of-mongolian-medical-health.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Saturday, Sep 18. 2021 02:19 PM
    Before reading this post I used to think witches are women wearing black and pointed hats having evil or wicked magical powers. They practice and believes to have supernatural skills and abilities such as the casting of spells. Interesting read of this post very informative indeed. I understand better now the role of witches and they have nothing to do with worshipping something negative. Many people have a lot of misconception regarding witches in fact. Through history and long ago they have been prejudiced but not now many came to realise they deserve understanding and respect. Clear and detail explanation watching those videos.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this interesting sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/science-mysteries/witches.html

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Mahapajapati Gotami, who was the first nun ordained by Lord Buddha. She was his step-mother and aunt. Buddha's mother had passed away at his birth so he was raised by Gotami.
Another nun disciple of Lord Buddha\'s. She had achieved great spiritual abilities and high attainments. She would be a proper object of refuge. This image of the eminent bhikkhuni (nun) disciple of the Buddha, Uppalavanna Theri.
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Another nun disciple of Lord Buddha's. She had achieved great spiritual abilities and high attainments. She would be a proper object of refuge. This image of the eminent bhikkhuni (nun) disciple of the Buddha, Uppalavanna Theri.
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Wandering Ascetic Painting by Nirdesha Munasinghe
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High Sri Lankan monks visit Kechara to bless our land, temple, Buddha and Dorje Shugden images. They were very kind-see pictures- https://bit.ly/2HQie2M
This is pretty amazing!

First Sri Lankan Buddhist temple opened in Dubai!!!
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This is pretty amazing! First Sri Lankan Buddhist temple opened in Dubai!!!
My Dharma boy (left) and Oser girl loves to laze around on the veranda in the mornings. They enjoy all the trees, grass and relaxing under the hot sun. Sunbathing is a favorite daily activity. I care about these two doggies of mine very much and I enjoy seeing them happy. They are with me always. Tsem Rinpoche

Always be kind to animals and eat vegetarian- https://bit.ly/2Psp8h2
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My Dharma boy (left) and Oser girl loves to laze around on the veranda in the mornings. They enjoy all the trees, grass and relaxing under the hot sun. Sunbathing is a favorite daily activity. I care about these two doggies of mine very much and I enjoy seeing them happy. They are with me always. Tsem Rinpoche Always be kind to animals and eat vegetarian- https://bit.ly/2Psp8h2
After you left me Mumu, I was alone. I have no family or kin. You were my family. I can\'t stop thinking of you and I can\'t forget you. My bond and connection with you is so strong. I wish you were by my side. Tsem Rinpoche
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After you left me Mumu, I was alone. I have no family or kin. You were my family. I can't stop thinking of you and I can't forget you. My bond and connection with you is so strong. I wish you were by my side. Tsem Rinpoche
This story is a life-changer. Learn about the incredible Forest Man of India | 印度“森林之子”- https://bit.ly/2Eh4vRS
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This story is a life-changer. Learn about the incredible Forest Man of India | 印度“森林之子”- https://bit.ly/2Eh4vRS
Part 2-Beautiful billboard in Malaysia of a powerful Tibetan hero whose life serves as a great inspiration- https://bit.ly/2UltNE4
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Part 2-Beautiful billboard in Malaysia of a powerful Tibetan hero whose life serves as a great inspiration- https://bit.ly/2UltNE4
Part 1-Beautiful billboard in Malaysia of a powerful Tibetan hero whose life serves as a great inspiration- https://bit.ly/2UltNE4
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Part 1-Beautiful billboard in Malaysia of a powerful Tibetan hero whose life serves as a great inspiration- https://bit.ly/2UltNE4
The great Protector Manjushri Dorje Shugden depicted in the beautiful Mongolian style. To download a high resolution file: https://bit.ly/2Nt3FHz
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The great Protector Manjushri Dorje Shugden depicted in the beautiful Mongolian style. To download a high resolution file: https://bit.ly/2Nt3FHz
The Mystical land of Shambhala is finally ready for everyone to feast their eyes and be blessed. A beautiful post with information, art work, history, spirituality and a beautiful book composed by His Holiness the 6th Panchen Rinpoche. ~ https://bit.ly/309MHBi
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The Mystical land of Shambhala is finally ready for everyone to feast their eyes and be blessed. A beautiful post with information, art work, history, spirituality and a beautiful book composed by His Holiness the 6th Panchen Rinpoche. ~ https://bit.ly/309MHBi
Beautiful pictures of the huge Buddha in Longkou Nanshan- https://bit.ly/2LsBxVb
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Beautiful pictures of the huge Buddha in Longkou Nanshan- https://bit.ly/2LsBxVb
The reason-Very interesting thought- https://bit.ly/2V7VT5r
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The reason-Very interesting thought- https://bit.ly/2V7VT5r
NEW Bigfoot cafe in Malaysia! Food is delicious!- https://bit.ly/2VxdGau
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NEW Bigfoot cafe in Malaysia! Food is delicious!- https://bit.ly/2VxdGau
DON\'T MISS THIS!~How brave Bonnie survived by living with a herd of deer~ https://bit.ly/2Lre2eY
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DON'T MISS THIS!~How brave Bonnie survived by living with a herd of deer~ https://bit.ly/2Lre2eY
Global Superpower China Will Cut Meat Consumption by 50%! Very interesting, find out more- https://bit.ly/2V1sJFh
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Global Superpower China Will Cut Meat Consumption by 50%! Very interesting, find out more- https://bit.ly/2V1sJFh
You can download this beautiful Egyptian style Dorje Shugden Free- https://bit.ly/2Nt3FHz
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You can download this beautiful Egyptian style Dorje Shugden Free- https://bit.ly/2Nt3FHz
Beautiful high file for print of Lord Manjushri. May you be blessed- https://bit.ly/2V8mwZe
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Beautiful high file for print of Lord Manjushri. May you be blessed- https://bit.ly/2V8mwZe
Mongolian (Oymiakon) Shaman in Siberia, Russia. That is his real outfit he wears. Very unique. TR
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Mongolian (Oymiakon) Shaman in Siberia, Russia. That is his real outfit he wears. Very unique. TR
Find one of the most beautiful temples in the world in Nara, Japan. It is the 1,267 year old Todai-ji temple that houses a 15 meter Buddha Vairocana statue who is a cosmic and timeless Buddha. Emperor Shomu who sponsored this beautiful temple eventually abdicated and ordained as a Buddhist monk. Very interesting history and story. One of the places everyone should visit- https://bit.ly/2VgsHhK
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Find one of the most beautiful temples in the world in Nara, Japan. It is the 1,267 year old Todai-ji temple that houses a 15 meter Buddha Vairocana statue who is a cosmic and timeless Buddha. Emperor Shomu who sponsored this beautiful temple eventually abdicated and ordained as a Buddhist monk. Very interesting history and story. One of the places everyone should visit- https://bit.ly/2VgsHhK
Manjusri Kumara (bodhisattva of wisdom), India, Pala dynesty, 9th century, stone, Honolulu Academy of Arts
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Manjusri Kumara (bodhisattva of wisdom), India, Pala dynesty, 9th century, stone, Honolulu Academy of Arts
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Mark your calendars - we are about to embark on an epic ride! Kechara Food Bank will be travelling across the Peninsular in our giant truck to send dry food to over 2300 families. Thank you Volvo Trucks Malaysia for your generous donation of this custom-designed truck. What’s more – PPB Group Bhd is generously donating the food provision for this one-of-a-kind journey. Thank you on behalf of our grateful beneficiaries! Want to see all of this in action? Join us live or watch the videos and photos on our social media. Stay tuned!
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Mark your calendars - we are about to embark on an epic ride! Kechara Food Bank will be travelling across the Peninsular in our giant truck to send dry food to over 2300 families. Thank you Volvo Trucks Malaysia for your generous donation of this custom-designed truck. What’s more – PPB Group Bhd is generously donating the food provision for this one-of-a-kind journey. Thank you on behalf of our grateful beneficiaries! Want to see all of this in action? Join us live or watch the videos and photos on our social media. Stay tuned!
Underprivileged residents of two PPRs in Kuala Lumpur recently received a total of 427kg from our longterm surplus produce sponsor, Lotuss Stores (formerly Tesco Stores). The 65 families are our regular beneficiaries, and are grateful to receive fresh vegetables on a consistent basis right at their doorstep. One of our recipients, Rajeswari, 52, single mother of 2 children, shared that she stopped receiving welfare aid due to unforeseen circumstances. Her words: "Saya cakap untuk Kechara [Soup Kitchen] banyak terima kasih sebab kasi makanan. Dan lebih mau tolong orang lain yang susah seperti saya". Our heartfelt thank-you goes to Lotuss Stores for being a dependable source of food aid and for #helpingthepoor with us. #kecharafoodbank #makingadifference #kitajagakita #charity #foodbank #bantuan #ngomalaysia #givingback #strongertogether - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
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Underprivileged residents of two PPRs in Kuala Lumpur recently received a total of 427kg from our longterm surplus produce sponsor, Lotuss Stores (formerly Tesco Stores). The 65 families are our regular beneficiaries, and are grateful to receive fresh vegetables on a consistent basis right at their doorstep. One of our recipients, Rajeswari, 52, single mother of 2 children, shared that she stopped receiving welfare aid due to unforeseen circumstances. Her words: "Saya cakap untuk Kechara [Soup Kitchen] banyak terima kasih sebab kasi makanan. Dan lebih mau tolong orang lain yang susah seperti saya". Our heartfelt thank-you goes to Lotuss Stores for being a dependable source of food aid and for #helpingthepoor with us. #kecharafoodbank #makingadifference #kitajagakita #charity #foodbank #bantuan #ngomalaysia #givingback #strongertogether - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
Pastor Shin winning some mystery gifts for being the 1st person to answer a BONUS question during last Sunday's Blog chat quiz. Blog chat is a fun way to learn the Dharma. To find out more, check out > tsemrinpoche.com/chat. Joy - Moderator
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Pastor Shin winning some mystery gifts for being the 1st person to answer a BONUS question during last Sunday's Blog chat quiz. Blog chat is a fun way to learn the Dharma. To find out more, check out > tsemrinpoche.com/chat. Joy - Moderator
Here is Pastor Antoinette who won some mystery gifts for being the 2nd person to answer a BONUS question during last Sunday's Blog Chat quiz/discussion. To find out more check out our blog chat section for our weekly topic! Joy - Moderator
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Here is Pastor Antoinette who won some mystery gifts for being the 2nd person to answer a BONUS question during last Sunday's Blog Chat quiz/discussion. To find out more check out our blog chat section for our weekly topic! Joy - Moderator
#KFBBentong: Ready for some exciting news? We are now at RM154,523.94 - surpassing the funds required for our Pahang food bank operations! Thank you to all who kindly donated, we are deeply moved by your care and generosity towards the less fortunate struggling in our midst. To make our shared goal to continue #helpingthepoor a reality, we are now eagerly looking for suitable premises in Bentong. We will update soon on our progress, so stay tuned! #kecharafoodbank #foodaid #bantuan #kitajagakita #hungerknowsnobarriers #endhunger #charity #ngomalaysia #Pahang - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
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#KFBBentong: Ready for some exciting news? We are now at RM154,523.94 - surpassing the funds required for our Pahang food bank operations! Thank you to all who kindly donated, we are deeply moved by your care and generosity towards the less fortunate struggling in our midst. To make our shared goal to continue #helpingthepoor a reality, we are now eagerly looking for suitable premises in Bentong. We will update soon on our progress, so stay tuned! #kecharafoodbank #foodaid #bantuan #kitajagakita #hungerknowsnobarriers #endhunger #charity #ngomalaysia #Pahang - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
#kecharafoodbank: In collaboration with Good Shepherd Services (GSS) based in Ipoh, we travelled to Buntong with food rations for 33 families. Some of the food items given include rice, noodles, cooking oil and biscuits; in total, we gave 726kg of food to these beneficiaries from the underprivileged class. We are glad to have been able to contribute, especially to families with children and in poor living conditions. We wish to thank GSS for alerting us about those in need, and we look forward to extending more support in the future together with this not-for-profit organization doing good work. - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
7 months ago
#kecharafoodbank: In collaboration with Good Shepherd Services (GSS) based in Ipoh, we travelled to Buntong with food rations for 33 families. Some of the food items given include rice, noodles, cooking oil and biscuits; in total, we gave 726kg of food to these beneficiaries from the underprivileged class. We are glad to have been able to contribute, especially to families with children and in poor living conditions. We wish to thank GSS for alerting us about those in need, and we look forward to extending more support in the future together with this not-for-profit organization doing good work. - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
In an urgent effort to provide food and necessities to the poverty-stricken in Bentong and rural areas of Pahang, we are launching Food Bank Bentong. With your support, Food Bank Bentong would be able to feed 500 families totaling 2,300 people on a regular basis, giving them a chance to enjoy a basic sense of security we consider a human right. - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
7 months ago
In an urgent effort to provide food and necessities to the poverty-stricken in Bentong and rural areas of Pahang, we are launching Food Bank Bentong. With your support, Food Bank Bentong would be able to feed 500 families totaling 2,300 people on a regular basis, giving them a chance to enjoy a basic sense of security we consider a human right. - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
Kechara Sunday Dharma School Online Teaching Every Sunday Morning 11am class - KSDS Jayce Goh
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Kechara Sunday Dharma School Online Teaching Every Sunday Morning 11am class - KSDS Jayce Goh
Re: Kechara Sunday Dharma School Online Teaching Every Sunday Morning 11am class, students attend Pastor Shin Class happily - KSDS Jayce Goh
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Re: Kechara Sunday Dharma School Online Teaching Every Sunday Morning 11am class, students attend Pastor Shin Class happily - KSDS Jayce Goh
Update on Empowerment cookies, special holiday packaging. The bakers are most grateful for the overwhelming support of 834 tubs ordered, with a big order of 314 tubs from a group of friends. Thank you to those cookie lovers who couldn’t get enough of it. Watch out for the next update. Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
9 months ago
Update on Empowerment cookies, special holiday packaging. The bakers are most grateful for the overwhelming support of 834 tubs ordered, with a big order of 314 tubs from a group of friends. Thank you to those cookie lovers who couldn’t get enough of it. Watch out for the next update. Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
Thank you, generous and kind donors, made possible by Alice Smith School's Official Site through their Build Kindness Campaign. The whooping amount of RM63,000 will provide much needed food to 25 poor families for the next 12 months. On behalf of these families, thank you! Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
9 months ago
Thank you, generous and kind donors, made possible by Alice Smith School's Official Site through their Build Kindness Campaign. The whooping amount of RM63,000 will provide much needed food to 25 poor families for the next 12 months. On behalf of these families, thank you! Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
The global pandemic hasn't been easy for all of us. Some find it diffucult to find a job to support the family. Despite that, we are still delivering basic food pack to our recipients nationwide. Thank you to our volunteers, donors, and sponsors. Without your support, we would be unable to reach out to many families. Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
9 months ago
The global pandemic hasn't been easy for all of us. Some find it diffucult to find a job to support the family. Despite that, we are still delivering basic food pack to our recipients nationwide. Thank you to our volunteers, donors, and sponsors. Without your support, we would be unable to reach out to many families. Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
Thanks to Yap Optometry for gifting Robert a new pair of glasses to see better. We wish him many clear and bright days ahead. Thank you to all sponsors. - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
10 months ago
Thanks to Yap Optometry for gifting Robert a new pair of glasses to see better. We wish him many clear and bright days ahead. Thank you to all sponsors. - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
Donation received to date: RM33,468.00 Yes! We've achieved the target for the #TamanNegara project. Fundraising is closed for this project. Thank you to all donors, 113 Orang Asli families will benefit from it. Stay tuned! #kecharafoodbank #kecharaempowerment #kecharasoupkitchen - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
10 months ago
Donation received to date: RM33,468.00 Yes! We've achieved the target for the #TamanNegara project. Fundraising is closed for this project. Thank you to all donors, 113 Orang Asli families will benefit from it. Stay tuned! #kecharafoodbank #kecharaempowerment #kecharasoupkitchen - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
FRESHLY BAKED by Kechara Empowerment trainees - Chocolate Chip Butter Cookies - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
10 months ago
FRESHLY BAKED by Kechara Empowerment trainees - Chocolate Chip Butter Cookies - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
In memory of Wilson Lee, one of our most dedicated volunteers in Penang. Our heartfelt condolences to Wilson's wife, Tze Ling, family and friends. Our thoughts are with them for their loss. Thank you for your kindness and service to KSK Penang. From all of us in KSK.
10 months ago
In memory of Wilson Lee, one of our most dedicated volunteers in Penang. Our heartfelt condolences to Wilson's wife, Tze Ling, family and friends. Our thoughts are with them for their loss. Thank you for your kindness and service to KSK Penang. From all of us in KSK.
Last weekend a Soup Kitchen activities @ Penang, Johor & Kuala Lumpur. Hot food, water, masks, biscuits, buns & fruits. This is what we give out to our friends living on the streets. Thank you to our sponsor & volunteers that make it happen. Come spread more love by being a volunteer at our activities. WhatsApp us today at 010-333-3260! See you soon! #kecharafoodbank #kecharaempowerment #kecharasoupkitchen - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
11 months ago
Last weekend a Soup Kitchen activities @ Penang, Johor & Kuala Lumpur. Hot food, water, masks, biscuits, buns & fruits. This is what we give out to our friends living on the streets. Thank you to our sponsor & volunteers that make it happen. Come spread more love by being a volunteer at our activities. WhatsApp us today at 010-333-3260! See you soon! #kecharafoodbank #kecharaempowerment #kecharasoupkitchen - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
Kechara Earth Project 13/9/2020
1 years ago
Kechara Earth Project 13/9/2020
Thank you Domino's Pizza Malaysia, Kasih & Piza campaign for sponsoring 85 boxes of pizza to our friends who live on the streets. Your flavourful pizzas have put a smile on their faces. Thank you! - Vivan @ Kechara Soup Kitchen #kecharafoodbank #kecharaempowerment #kecharasoupkitchen #KasihdanPiza #ItsAllAboutYou
1 years ago
Thank you Domino's Pizza Malaysia, Kasih & Piza campaign for sponsoring 85 boxes of pizza to our friends who live on the streets. Your flavourful pizzas have put a smile on their faces. Thank you! - Vivan @ Kechara Soup Kitchen #kecharafoodbank #kecharaempowerment #kecharasoupkitchen #KasihdanPiza #ItsAllAboutYou
Thank you Novo Nordisk! Your kind monetary donation and 1,320 boxes of masks will benefit many needy families under the Kechara Food Bank Program. Thank you! Much love from the needy families  ~ Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen #kecharafoodbank #kecharaempowerment #kecharasoupkitchen #novonordisk #novonordiskmalaysia
1 years ago
Thank you Novo Nordisk! Your kind monetary donation and 1,320 boxes of masks will benefit many needy families under the Kechara Food Bank Program. Thank you! Much love from the needy families ~ Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen #kecharafoodbank #kecharaempowerment #kecharasoupkitchen #novonordisk #novonordiskmalaysia
We were graced with the presence of Tengku Zatashah & The Alice Smith School Foundation yesterday. 130 homeless were blessed to be served by them. RM 20,000 donated by Alice Smith School Foundation will benefit 100 families registered under Kechara Food Bank Program. Thank you! Much love from the needy families ~ Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen #kecharafoodbank #kecharaempowerment #kecharasoupkitchen #alicesmithschoolfoundation #alicesmithschool #volunteerism #homeless
1 years ago
We were graced with the presence of Tengku Zatashah & The Alice Smith School Foundation yesterday. 130 homeless were blessed to be served by them. RM 20,000 donated by Alice Smith School Foundation will benefit 100 families registered under Kechara Food Bank Program. Thank you! Much love from the needy families ~ Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen #kecharafoodbank #kecharaempowerment #kecharasoupkitchen #alicesmithschoolfoundation #alicesmithschool #volunteerism #homeless
Thanks to the effort of our outstation team, we were able to mobilise food provisions to 600 families living in Kelantan, Penang, Negeri Sembilan, Melaka and Johor during the Raya period with each of these families receiving RM200 worth of provisions. Adding onto the current 368 families in Klang Valley, a total of 968 families were benefitted from this. Special thanks to the sponsors who have contributed especially Hong Leong Foundation and partially from Tesco Malaysia (where we also ordered the provisions from). ~ Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
1 years ago
Thanks to the effort of our outstation team, we were able to mobilise food provisions to 600 families living in Kelantan, Penang, Negeri Sembilan, Melaka and Johor during the Raya period with each of these families receiving RM200 worth of provisions. Adding onto the current 368 families in Klang Valley, a total of 968 families were benefitted from this. Special thanks to the sponsors who have contributed especially Hong Leong Foundation and partially from Tesco Malaysia (where we also ordered the provisions from). ~ Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
So glad that our soup kitchen operations are back in full swing. Good to see the clients are observing the SOPs. Some of them lost their job during MCO and ended up on the streets. Special thanks to our sponsors and volunteers for the great support! - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
1 years ago
So glad that our soup kitchen operations are back in full swing. Good to see the clients are observing the SOPs. Some of them lost their job during MCO and ended up on the streets. Special thanks to our sponsors and volunteers for the great support! - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
From serving cooked food to the homeless clients on the streets to mobilising provisions to the needy individuals in PPRs and shelters, we thank everyone of our Johor Bahru team for their kind contributions and effort to make it for the needy despite all the challenges! - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
1 years ago
From serving cooked food to the homeless clients on the streets to mobilising provisions to the needy individuals in PPRs and shelters, we thank everyone of our Johor Bahru team for their kind contributions and effort to make it for the needy despite all the challenges! - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
More photos taken from our "Hari Raya Hampers" distribution this week. Making sure everyone of our clients have something to be cheerful about. Apart from food, daily used items such as hygiene products, kitchen utensils, assorted fabric items, stationary items and toys were also included into our hamper bags making it extra heavier this month! Food items alone were about 35kg per family! Taking this opportunity to wish everyone of our Muslim volunteers, friends, supporters and clients a Selamat Hari Raya Aidilfitri and Maaf Zahir Batin. No doubt this year's celebration will be very different but appreciate everyone is safe and protected from the pandemic. We are in this together and let's work to fight this pandemic together! Thanking all sponsors and donors for the generous support enabling us to continue serve the needy with food, love and care. Big shoutout too to our wonderful team which already depleted by our very own strict SOP. All of you who worked tirelessly behind the s
1 years ago
More photos taken from our "Hari Raya Hampers" distribution this week. Making sure everyone of our clients have something to be cheerful about. Apart from food, daily used items such as hygiene products, kitchen utensils, assorted fabric items, stationary items and toys were also included into our hamper bags making it extra heavier this month! Food items alone were about 35kg per family! Taking this opportunity to wish everyone of our Muslim volunteers, friends, supporters and clients a Selamat Hari Raya Aidilfitri and Maaf Zahir Batin. No doubt this year's celebration will be very different but appreciate everyone is safe and protected from the pandemic. We are in this together and let's work to fight this pandemic together! Thanking all sponsors and donors for the generous support enabling us to continue serve the needy with food, love and care. Big shoutout too to our wonderful team which already depleted by our very own strict SOP. All of you who worked tirelessly behind the s
Our team have been working extra hours for the past few weeks to deliver provisions and hamper goodies to the needy families before Hari Raya! Heart warming to see the smiling faces of our recipients upon receiving 3 bags full of food and daily used items. Thanks to everyone of you who have contributed to our foodbank enabling us to give all our recipients (especially those celebrating) a Raya to remember! - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
1 years ago
Our team have been working extra hours for the past few weeks to deliver provisions and hamper goodies to the needy families before Hari Raya! Heart warming to see the smiling faces of our recipients upon receiving 3 bags full of food and daily used items. Thanks to everyone of you who have contributed to our foodbank enabling us to give all our recipients (especially those celebrating) a Raya to remember! - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
Thankful to all donors and those who have been committed in contributing not just money but time over the past testing weeks to help us ease the work of our frontliners and also the livelihood of the needy, their struggles over this pandemic period seemed a little easier to bear with because of your contributions! - Vivian @Kechara Soup Kitchen
1 years ago
Thankful to all donors and those who have been committed in contributing not just money but time over the past testing weeks to help us ease the work of our frontliners and also the livelihood of the needy, their struggles over this pandemic period seemed a little easier to bear with because of your contributions! - Vivian @Kechara Soup Kitchen
KSDS Level 2 virtual class, Lin Mun KSDS
1 years ago
KSDS Level 2 virtual class, Lin Mun KSDS
KSDS Level 3 virtual class. Lin Mun KSDS
1 years ago
KSDS Level 3 virtual class. Lin Mun KSDS
Wesak 2020
1 years ago
Wesak 2020
Recycle today for a better tomorrow. KEP-Serena
2 yearss ago
Recycle today for a better tomorrow. KEP-Serena
Today we are having recycling at Kechara Soup Kitchen. Do drop by here if you would like to get ride of the recyclable items from home. KEP - Serena
2 yearss ago
Today we are having recycling at Kechara Soup Kitchen. Do drop by here if you would like to get ride of the recyclable items from home. KEP - Serena
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Seen here is Bam, Vajrayogini’s seed syllable and also Kechara's logo. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
2 yearss ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Seen here is Bam, Vajrayogini’s seed syllable and also Kechara's logo. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: More melted butter was offered. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
2 yearss ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: More melted butter was offered. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
H.E. Zawa Rinpoche in deep concentration. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
2 yearss ago
H.E. Zawa Rinpoche in deep concentration. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Geshela is seen here wearing ceremonial hat called tsoksha. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
2 yearss ago
Geshela is seen here wearing ceremonial hat called tsoksha. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
The Shize Fire Puja was performed according to scriptural sources. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
2 yearss ago
The Shize Fire Puja was performed according to scriptural sources. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
To find out more about the substances offered during jinsek/fire puja, have a read here: http://bit.ly/WhatIsFirePuja - shared by Pastor Antoinette
2 yearss ago
To find out more about the substances offered during jinsek/fire puja, have a read here: http://bit.ly/WhatIsFirePuja - shared by Pastor Antoinette
More about the symbolism of the offering items here: http://bit.ly/WhatIsFirePuja - shared by Pastor Antoinette
2 yearss ago
More about the symbolism of the offering items here: http://bit.ly/WhatIsFirePuja - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Amongst all pujas, the fire puja is considered the king of all Pujas. It is the most powerful of all pujas within Tibetan Buddhism and its purpose is basically to remove all obstacles and its stains to enlightenment.
2 yearss ago
Amongst all pujas, the fire puja is considered the king of all Pujas. It is the most powerful of all pujas within Tibetan Buddhism and its purpose is basically to remove all obstacles and its stains to enlightenment.
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