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. 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 .

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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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  • S.Prathap
    Thursday, Jul 18. 2019 06:00 PM
    It is a great news to know that vegan diet helping human to have better health .Being a vegetarian has many benefits .Hopefully this article will help more people to go on vegetarian .Thank you so much for sharing this wonderful and informative article.

    Read more : https://bit.ly/2XWwxsI
  • Samfoonheei
    Thursday, Jul 18. 2019 04:17 PM
    Over the past 40 years, China have gone from traditional dynastic structure by passing a number of countries to become world powerful nation . China, under the powerful leadership , China may overtake the United States soon or later in trade , economy , technology and so forth. China is seen as harbouring the ambition to play a bigger and more important role on the world stage . China’s economic expansion and diplomatic have influence countries to befriend China and looking forward to China for help in the economic growth. Time has changed and finally the Tibetans leadership has made the right choice to befriend China. Tibet and China’s friendship in long term will surely benefits both sides. Having a dialogue ,mutual understanding and respect will be good for them for the growth of their country and benefit of their people. The Department of Information and International Relations (DIIR) holds the first workshop to enhance Chinese Outreach Campaign is a good beginning for both countries. HH Dalai Lama and many more Tibetans are looking forward to return to Tibet one day. It only can be materialised with the Tibetan leadership having more dialogues and meetings with the Chinese government to solve all the political problems and Dorje Shugden controversy.
    May the Dorje Shugden issue soon be dissolved for the sake of peace and harmony.
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this great news.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/dorje-shugden/the-importance-of-tibet-befriending-china.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Thursday, Jul 18. 2019 04:14 PM
    Comics storytelling is the only art form in which words and pictures are blended together in an integral way to tell a story. Rejoice Kechara has taken the platform of comic storytelling to the next level with its launching of Kechara Comics. From traditional folk tales to biographies of past Buddhist masters and real-life stories of people , all in comics. That’s wonderful bringing more and more people closer to understand better of Dorje Shugden and dharma.
    Congrats to the writers team for coming out with the first publication of Kechara Comics title “Karuna Find A Way”. I did enjoyed reading this comic . Its fantastic I could only say.
    Thank you Rinpoche and writers for this wonderful sharing .

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/karuna-finds-a-way.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Thursday, Jul 18. 2019 04:13 PM
    The true guru helps us open the channel to our own wisdom and discover our guru within. Guru is the one who teaches us and shows us the path to liberation. It’s very important for us to hold on the commitment to our root teacher, who taught us the practices nor matter what happens. Rinpoche has since holding on to it showing a deep guru devotion to his root teacher……HH Kyabje Zong Rinpoche who gave Rinpoche the practice of Dorje Shugden.
    Many highly attained Lamas such as HH Kyabje Pabongka Dorje Chang, HH Kyabje Trijang Dorje Chang, HH Kyabje Zong Dorje Chang teaches has since practiced, received the practice and taught thousands of Lamas the lineage and the meditation of Dorje Shugden . They cannot be wrong . Dorje Shugden is not an evil spirit but a Protector.
    Due to the ban, families , monasteries and many more has suffered, denied services to hospital, schools , attending events talks and so forth. It’s sad many families and monasteries are torn apart by this. There is more than enough evidence that there is no religious freedom or true democracy within Tibetan society which the Tibetan Learership has denied it.
    Interesting read of all the examples of what the Tibetan leadership had said , Dorje Shugden harms the Dalai Lama, and the people, all these is definitely not true. HH Dalai Lama the spiritual leader of the Tibetan people is in fact Avalokiteshvara (Chenrezig). It is impossible that HH Dalai Lama and anyone could be harmed by Dorje Shugden. Every one should be respected one and other even though they are from different religions and faith. Everyone should be given religious freedom to choose what they believe and pray . Showing compassion, love, tolerance and understanding among all people is a good choice , to live in a peaceful and harmony environment. The Tibetan Leardership (CTA) should not discriminate anyone and not be bias against someone due to their religion.
    The truth is the truth and must be reveal to all. May the ban on Dorje Shugden soon be lifted. A clear explanation tells all by Rinpoche.
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this details write up.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/one-minute-story/are-the-high-lamas-of-tibet-impotent-in-the-face-of-dorje-shugden

  • Ummamageswari
    Thursday, Jul 18. 2019 03:21 PM
    Thank you so much for this article. This article is mainly about the life path number 5 compatibility which is related to numerology-based relationship compatibility where it is believed by some of us.

    This article show the compatibility for this life path number 5 with number 1 to 33 and at the same time this article reveals the number 5’s strength and weakness and also for the opposite number. Thank you.

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  • Ummamageswari
    Thursday, Jul 18. 2019 03:17 PM
    Thank you so much for this article. This article is mainly about the life path number 4 compatibility which is related to numerology-based relationship compatibility where it is believed by some of us.

    This article show the compatibility for this life path number 4 with number 1 to 33 and at the same time this article reveals the number 4’s strength and weakness and also for the another number which is for the opposite gender. Thank you.

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  • Ummamageswari
    Thursday, Jul 18. 2019 03:13 PM
    Thank you so much for this article. This article is mainly about the life path number 3 compatibility which is related to numerology-based relationship compatibility where it is believed by some.

    This article show the compatibility for this life path number 3 with number 1 to 33 and at the same time this article reveals the number 3’s strength and weakness and also for the another number which is their partner. Thank you.

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    Thursday, Jul 18. 2019 01:11 PM
    Supriyono lived in a village in Indonesia’s East Java Province. In early October 2011, he dreamt of a bluish-red dragon surrounding his village before it finally dived into an old well. Supriyono took the dream as a sign and located the old well in the Brahu Temple complex in the Trowulan sub-district of East Java Province.

    On 11th October 2011, Supriyono climbed down the well and found a beautiful White Tara statue, coins, and golden stones from the Majapahit Empire (1293-1500 CE). He contacted the collector Johan Yan through his friend to see if he was interested in any of the items found. On 26th March 2012, Johan Yan became the owner of the White Tara statue.

    Read more about this story at https://bit.ly/2puWEZe
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    Thursday, Jul 18. 2019 01:08 PM
    In order for KFR to truly become a place of healing, His Eminence the 25th Tsem Rinpoche has conceived a number of ideas including the newly-opened Medicine Buddha Healing Fountain. Embedded within the fountain are semi-precious stones that were especially consecrated by Dorje Shugden while in trance of the Panglung Oracle; His Holiness Trijang Chocktrul Rinpoche, widely accepted to be a living emanation of Vajrayogini; our own Tsem Rinpoche and His Eminence Gangchen Rinpoche, an emanation of Medicine Buddha himself. When the water runs over these stones, it becomes charged with the healing properties of the stones and imbued with its blessings.

    Check out more about this Healing Fountain at Kechara Forest Retreat at https://bit.ly/2CtVQNk
  • nicholas
    Thursday, Jul 18. 2019 01:02 PM
    The Cittamani Tara cycle of teachings in the Gelug tradition is a unique lineage of Tara’s practice that is based on the pure vision of the great Tara-siddha Takpu Gargyi Chokyi Wangchuk. This great master had pure visions of Tara and received the initiation and commentary of the practice directly from her.

    Learn more about Cittamani Tara here: https://bit.ly/2Mq3kpa
  • Sofi
    Thursday, Jul 18. 2019 11:07 AM
    The 4th Zhabdrung Rinpoche of Bhutan and Dorje Shugden

    Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyal, the 17th Century master who rose to become the supreme authority throughout Bhutan, both in the secular and spiritual domains, and unified the country as a single nation-state.

    Read more of interesting Bhutan history: http://bit.ly/32zy6Az
  • sarassitham
    Wednesday, Jul 17. 2019 05:41 PM
    It is true that comics are not heavy thick books but they are a wonderful educational medium to bring people deep into teaching of Dharma . Thank you for sharing the first publication of Kechara Comics title “Karuna Find A Way”. Wonderful and a great idea to deliver a beautiful message which is easy to understand and enjoy reading by many level of people.
  • Samfoonheei
    Wednesday, Jul 17. 2019 05:07 PM
    The Dorje Shugden controversy has been going for over two decades. Our Guru H.E. Tsem Rinpoche is one of the many who specks out openly about this issue publicly. Having the courage, brave and honest to explain the truth to those who did not understand the whole situation.
    The Dorje Shugden’s practice have been given to Rinpoche by his root teacher Kyabje Zong Rinpoche, for spiritual purposes. Dorje Shugden is an enlightened Dharma Protector who manifested about 400 years ago from a lineage of erudite masters. Over these years many erudite masters, monks, lamas have been practicing over decades before the ban. Rinpoche has been patiently over the years to provide accurate knowledge about Dorje Shugden across the globe. These truths must be reveal to all. The truth is the truth. It has proven that the practise Dorje Shugden, we do not go to the lower realms. Many highly attained lamas practised Dorje Shugden till the end of his life and has since reincarnated back . They have even composed prayers to Dorje Shugden, give Dorje Shugden initiation, give teachings and promote Dorje Shugden as well. They believe that they will not go to the three lower realms, and will definitely reincarnate into another human form to be recognized, enthroned and continue turning the wheel of Dharma. Interesting read.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this interesting and details write up for us to understand better.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/one-minute-story/the-reasons-why-people-who-practice-dorje-shugden-do-not-go-to-the-three-lower-realms
  • Samfoonheei
    Wednesday, Jul 17. 2019 05:05 PM
    Reincarnation is religious concept that the non-physical essence of a living being starts a new life in a different physical body after biological death. Reincarnation do definitely exist and I do believe . There are scientific proof that shows reincarnation is real and there a number of proven case. Reincarnation facts has proven by science and historically and is regarded by many religions. It is believed that the biological death does not destroy the soul, the soul comes back to earth in a different form, in a different body. In Tibetan Buddhism it is considered common, where there is many highly attained lamas has reincarnated back over and over again. One such example was His Holiness Zong Rinpoche. Interesting watch and I do pick new knowledge from there.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this wonderful sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/one-minute-story/interesting-reincarnation-video
  • S.Prathap
    Wednesday, Jul 17. 2019 04:37 PM
    Situation may change but Karma is constantly recording and waiting for the right chance to strike back.We should think about others when we make our decisions
    The decision we take should not inconvenient the people around us especially our family and friends.Thank you very much for this meaningful article and teaching.

    Read more : https://bit.ly/2Ggamrk

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May 1, 2019-I really enjoy this picture of these visitors visiting Dorje Shugden's grotto in Kechara Forest Retreat today. They look happy, light and blessed after doing their prayers to Dorje Shugden. I wanted to share this picture.- https://bit.ly/2UltNE4
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A postcard of my great grand aunt Princess Nirgidma of Torghut-Tsem Rinpoche
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Just now, this beautiful grape and orange infused water drink with a blue glass was brought in for me. I was amazed at the colors. Tsem Rinpoche
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Just now, this beautiful grape and orange infused water drink with a blue glass was brought in for me. I was amazed at the colors. Tsem Rinpoche
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Click on this picture and read about this very sad girl. Please offer your prayers for her to take a good rebirth. Tsem Rinpoche
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Bigfoot cafe in Bentong, Malaysia-Delicious vegetarian food in a beautiful setting- https://bit.ly/2VxdGau
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These are some of the food distribution photos taken from our kitchen last Saturday. We thanked all volunteers who have come to help for the preparation since 3pm. ~ Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
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These are some of the food distribution photos taken from our kitchen last Saturday. We thanked all volunteers who have come to help for the preparation since 3pm. ~ Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
Teacher Julie taught children Nagomi Art and they love it. Lin Mun KSDS
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Teacher Julie taught children Nagomi Art and they love it. Lin Mun KSDS
Throwback - Children volunteered in Kechara Soup Kitchen. Lin Mun KSDS
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Throwback - Children volunteered in Kechara Soup Kitchen. Lin Mun KSDS
Throwback- Fun activity in camp. Lin Mun KSDS
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Throwback- Fun activity in camp. Lin Mun KSDS
Throwback - DIY soap making activity. Lin Mun KSDS
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Throwback - DIY soap making activity. Lin Mun KSDS
Throwback- KSDS camp in Kechara Forest Retreat. Lin Mun KSDS
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Throwback- KSDS camp in Kechara Forest Retreat. Lin Mun KSDS
A simple but meaningful way to spend the weekend liberating birds. Animals deserve lots of love, care and freedom too. Through them, we learn to be more compassionate! ~Kechara Penang Study Group Jacinta
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A simple but meaningful way to spend the weekend liberating birds. Animals deserve lots of love, care and freedom too. Through them, we learn to be more compassionate! ~Kechara Penang Study Group Jacinta
Some members from Kechara Penang Study Group get together to do a Dorje Shugden puja this afternoon. Join us if you're in Penang next time. ~KPSG Jacinta
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Some members from Kechara Penang Study Group get together to do a Dorje Shugden puja this afternoon. Join us if you're in Penang next time. ~KPSG Jacinta
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Today we are doing recycling at Kechara Soup Kitchen. KEP-Serena
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Winners for Blog Chat Quiz in June 2019: 1st Prize Winner is Stella Cheang. Congratulations! Stella wins a Dorje Shugden Puja worth RM400 + Dorje Shugden pendant on black onyx. (Joy - Blog chat moderator)
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Join us for the annual Ullambana Festival on Saturday August 10th at Kechara Forest Retreat and make the most of the auspicious Ullambana month. PROGRAMME: 9:00am – Opening speech & Dharma sharing 9:30am – Grand Ullambana Gyenze Puja for good fortune, long life & merits 12:15pm – Free vegetarian lunch 2:00pm – Grand Ullambana Trakze Puja for protection & blessings 5:00pm – End The highlight of the Ullambana Festival is two powerful & extensive pujas that will be performed according to the tradition of Gaden Monastery. We've also prepared a wide selection of traditional offerings to send bountiful merits to the people who matter in your life. Don't miss this opportunity to bring tremendous benefits to your dearly departed as well as those who are still with you. For more information on the Ullambana Festival and Ullambana offerings, please get in touch with us at +609 221 5600, +603 7803 3908, +6012 987 3908 (WhatsApp only), care@kechara.com or visit our online partner
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Join us for the annual Ullambana Festival on Saturday August 10th at Kechara Forest Retreat and make the most of the auspicious Ullambana month. PROGRAMME: 9:00am – Opening speech & Dharma sharing 9:30am – Grand Ullambana Gyenze Puja for good fortune, long life & merits 12:15pm – Free vegetarian lunch 2:00pm – Grand Ullambana Trakze Puja for protection & blessings 5:00pm – End The highlight of the Ullambana Festival is two powerful & extensive pujas that will be performed according to the tradition of Gaden Monastery. We've also prepared a wide selection of traditional offerings to send bountiful merits to the people who matter in your life. Don't miss this opportunity to bring tremendous benefits to your dearly departed as well as those who are still with you. For more information on the Ullambana Festival and Ullambana offerings, please get in touch with us at +609 221 5600, +603 7803 3908, +6012 987 3908 (WhatsApp only), care@kechara.com or visit our online partner
Join us this weekend for SPIRITUAL SATURDAY in Kechara Forest Retreat! SATURDAY, 13 JULY 9.00 am: Cook for the community - salted eggs & pineapple jam 11.00 am: Book Club - Compassion Conquers All (Eng) / Time To Wake Up (Chi) 12.30 pm: Lunch INTERESTED? To RSVP your place (and your meal!), contact us: +6017 965 9484 (WhatsApp) retreat@kechara.com See all July activities: bit.ly/2FCrJm6
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In our Johor Bahru office, our single mother trainees get busy to do up the products taught to them by our #volunteers while their children were given additional tuition classes in another room. ~ Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
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In our Johor Bahru office, our single mother trainees get busy to do up the products taught to them by our #volunteers while their children were given additional tuition classes in another room. ~ Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
How To Clear Disturbances by Pastor Niral - Monday 8. July 2019 at 9:30pm in Kechara House, Jalan PJU 1/3G, SunwayMas Commercial Centre 47301 Petaling Jaya
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How To Clear Disturbances by Pastor Niral - Monday 8. July 2019 at 9:30pm in Kechara House, Jalan PJU 1/3G, SunwayMas Commercial Centre 47301 Petaling Jaya
Kechara Pastor Tat Ming is conducting a blessing prayer for a traveling tour bus at our holy place, Kechara Forest Retreat. By Pastor Yek Yee, shared by Pastor Antoinette
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Kechara Pastor Tat Ming is conducting a blessing prayer for a traveling tour bus at our holy place, Kechara Forest Retreat. By Pastor Yek Yee, shared by Pastor Antoinette
Kechara Pastor Tat Ming is conducting a blessing prayer for a traveling tour bus at our holy place, Kechara Forest Retreat. By Pastor Yek Yee, shared by Pastor Antoinette
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Kechara Pastor Tat Ming is conducting a blessing prayer for a traveling tour bus at our holy place, Kechara Forest Retreat. By Pastor Yek Yee, shared by Pastor Antoinette
Kechara Pastor Tat Ming is conducting a blessing prayer for a traveling tour bus at our holy place, Kechara Forest Retreat. By Pastor Yek Yee, shared by Pastor Antoinette
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Kechara Pastor Tat Ming is conducting a blessing prayer for a traveling tour bus at our holy place, Kechara Forest Retreat. By Pastor Yek Yee, shared by Pastor Antoinette
Kechara Pastor Tat Ming is conducting a blessing prayer for a traveling tour bus at our holy place, Kechara Forest Retreat. By Pastor Yek Yee, shared by Pastor Antoinette
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Kechara Pastor Tat Ming is conducting a blessing prayer for a traveling tour bus at our holy place, Kechara Forest Retreat. By Pastor Yek Yee, shared by Pastor Antoinette
Kechara Pastor Tat Ming is conducting a blessing prayer for a traveling tour bus at our holy place, Kechara Forest Retreat. By Pastor Yek Yee, shared by Pastor Antoinette
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Kechara Pastor Tat Ming is conducting a blessing prayer for a traveling tour bus at our holy place, Kechara Forest Retreat. By Pastor Yek Yee, shared by Pastor Antoinette
Kechara Pastor Tat Ming is conducting a blessing prayer for a traveling tour bus at our holy place, Kechara Forest Retreat. By Pastor Yek Yee, shared by Pastor Antoinette
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Kechara Pastor Tat Ming is conducting a blessing prayer for a traveling tour bus at our holy place, Kechara Forest Retreat. By Pastor Yek Yee, shared by Pastor Antoinette
Teachers went to recce the Farm in the City before the outing with students. Lin Mun KSDS
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Teachers went to recce the Farm in the City before the outing with students. Lin Mun KSDS
Teachers and students do mantra recitation together before the start of dharma class. Lin Mun KSDS
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Teachers and students do mantra recitation together before the start of dharma class. Lin Mun KSDS
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