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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  • S.Prathap
    Tuesday, Jun 2. 2020 05:00 PM
    Truly a great teacher and after years of wandering, the first monastery in the Ajahn Chah tradition was found followed by many monasteries and continues to flourish.He left the world a legacy of a GREAT TEACHER of his teachings,and realizations of the Buddha dharma.
    Despite all this, Ajahn Chah attracted an increasing number of followers who wanted to become his disciples. Thank you very much for the good sharing.

    https://bit.ly/2U2hJtx
  • Samfoonheei
    Tuesday, Jun 2. 2020 01:18 PM
    For more than a thousand years, artists have played a key role in the cultural life in Asia. At Tibet, Kashmir, and Nepal their arts flourished as its equally important part of their culture, architecture and their way of living to the outer world. The artist using art to express their knowledge, skills . The art painting reveal the way of lifestyle and strong belief they have in Buddhism. From the book ‘Arts from the Rooftop of Asia , Chinese has influence in the Tibetan paintings of thangkas and many art paintings in the region. Religious influence on Nepalese handicrafts. Interesting book revealing the history of arts with rare and precious pictures.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/art-architecture/arts-from-the-rooftop-of-asia-tibet-nepal-and-kashmir.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Tuesday, Jun 2. 2020 01:15 PM
    Very touching watching the short video, how affection and love the cat . The dead owner must have treated well and gave a lot of love to this cat . Well the lovely cat hugs and leaning its face against the video screen. Animals cannot tell us their feelings and thoughts, but they can use touch and body language to communicate. Animals do express emotion, such as grief and joy, just like one of us. They can be very loyal and protective. Do not hurt them , give them care and love.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/one-minute-story/a-touching-hug
  • S.Prathap
    Monday, Jun 1. 2020 03:45 PM
    Helena Roerich , a multi-talented Russian writer, artist, theosophist, intrepid explorer, healer and philosopher, was a great inspiration to her husband Nicholas throughout their lives.
    I wonder what kind of karma she had or the life she had lived before this life for her to be spiritual since young.Thank you for the inspiring article.

    https://bit.ly/2XIkcKI
  • Samfoonheei
    Sunday, May 31. 2020 11:45 AM
    H. E.the 12th Dagom Rinpoche was recognized as reincarnate lama, the by His Holiness Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche. He was known for teaching the Buddha Dharma and providing spiritual advice to thousands around the world. He was one of the lamas who openly fought the ban on Dorje Shugden’s practice by the Tibetan leadership. He paid a heavy price for his devotion to his gurus and commitment on the practice of Dorje Shugden. He was well known as a loving prolific teacher, scholar, writer, yogi and a great tantric master. That was before the ban , sadly all his student turned against him as such he moved to Nepal . He worked tirelessly to spread Dharma till he entered parinirvana.
    H E the 13th Dagom Rinpoche is back, with at least 20,000 people in attendance of Tibetans watched as the young reincarnation was enthroned as per tradition. The over respond attendance of the enthronement is an auspicious omen for things to come having a lama taking rebirth inside Tibet. A reincarnation of a great lama is back as proof that those who rely on Dorje Shugden as a Dharma protector do not take rebirth in the three lower realms as claims by the Tibetan leadership. Looking at those rare, precious pictures of the grand enthronement paints a thousand words. Thousands came in droves to welcome the young incarnation.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/great-lamas-masters/enthroning-a-dharma-king-the-13th-dagom-rinpoche.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Sunday, May 31. 2020 11:42 AM
    Zaya Pandita Luvsanperenlei a prolific writer was a reincarnation of one of Buddha Shakyamuni’s disciples and also a key disciple of Drepung Monastery’s Tulku Drakpa Gyaltsen. He had composed books, wrote numerous texts and prayers. Even translated other works, Buddhist texts from Tibetan language to Oirat language while still serving the religious needs of the Oirat tribes in Dzungaria, Mongolia . Zaya Pandita spread Tibetan Buddhism to the Oirats, the Khalkha and even the Kalmyk people as far as in Russia. Zaya Pandita developed the Clear Script. He also wrote a biography of the First Khalkha Jetsundampa Zanabazar. Interesting read.
    Thank you Rinpoche and Seow Choong Liang for this sharing.\\

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/great-lamas-masters/zaya-pandita-luvsanperenlei-1642-1708.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Saturday, May 30. 2020 02:54 PM
    Stunning Lady Vajrayogini looks so beautiful with all these ornament offerings. Fortunate able to see such a beautiful Lady Vajrayogini. Its take a lot of time and hard work for the team . Rejoice to all. It is indeed very meritorious offering beautiful things to the Buddhas.
    A good teachings from Rinpoche explaining of why its important for us to offer beautiful ornaments to the Buddhas.
    Thank you Rinpoche .

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/dont-miss-this-offering-onto-vajra-yogini.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Saturday, May 30. 2020 02:52 PM
    The Mahabodhi temple is a UNESCO World heritage site, and been one of the 7 wonders of the Buddhist world has attracted hundred thousands of pilgrims yearly. It is the place where Gautama Buddha attained Enlightenment and under the Bodhi Tree. Its sad as it was targeted by terrorist, a series of ten bombs exploded in and around the Mahabodhi Temple complex. That was in 2013, early morning serial explosions rocked the Mahabodhi Temple injuring 2 monks and
    destroying certain parts in the pond of the Mahabodhi Temple. Windows were shattered at one of the buildings, while a wooden door at a small temple was destroyed. Luckily the temple inside was intact. The security of the temple was then tightened after this incident ever since . Some metal detectors and more cops and checkpoints were put in place. Attacks on Buddhists are rare in India, but these unfortunate incident somehow did happen.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing .

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/current-affairs/mahabodhi-temple-attacked.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Saturday, May 30. 2020 02:50 PM
    Tajikistan is a country in Central Asia surrounded by Afghanistan, China, Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan. It’s known for rugged mountains, popular for hiking and climbing. Sunni Islam is, by far, the most widely practiced religion in Tajikistan. Religious liberty might be supposed to mean that everybody is free to discuss religion. Beliefs are a choice. We have the power to choose our beliefs. Our beliefs become our reality Everyone shall have the right to freedom of thought, conscience and religion. The status of respect for religious freedom eroded during recent years. Government policies reflected a concern about Islamic extremism .Tajikistan is unique in the world because it is illegal for people under age 18 to practice religion publicly, which includes attending mosques. Women are not allowed by the government to enter certain mosques and wearing black hijabs. Shops are not allowed to sell too and women are to wear traditional Tajik colours. Not only that additionally to it, the government places strictly limits on pilgrimage visits. As reportedly they harassed devotees by forcibly shaving their beards which are not allowed. Hundreds of thousands of men even children as young as seven years old in Tajikistan arrested in recent years for wearing a beard. Banning beards and dresses is really odd. It’s the government campaign against the adoption of Islamic cultural practices. Sad human rights within Tajikistan were been violated and basic human rights remains limited . Tajikistan continues to struggle with human rights till today.Interesting read of government’s fear leading to problems further.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/current-affairs/tajikistans-battle-against-beards-to-fight-radicalisation.html
  • sarassitham
    Friday, May 29. 2020 11:30 PM
    Thanks for the interesting topic sharing where most people have great interest and
    curiosity about. Whether we choose to believe in the paranormal or not, we all have to realize that there are many strange things that has happened to all of us that are unexplainable.

    To me paranormal activities are considered as something close to religion too because in every single religion they always talk about spirits and etc. It’s whether you believe in the spiritual world or not sometimes it’s eerie and fascinating to read about all the things that go bump in the night.
  • S.Prathap
    Friday, May 29. 2020 03:38 PM
    I like herbal remedies as they work gently and is not as harmful to the body as the pharmaceutical medication. However, I would say that they are more effective as preventive due to their slow nature.
    I used to hear people say food is the best remedy for sickness prevention, when we have proper intake of food, we can stay healthy for long term.Really a informative article.Thank you very much .
  • Samfoonheei
    Friday, May 29. 2020 03:35 PM
    A Mongolian highly respected lama Kensur Rinpoche Jetsun Ngawang Nyima of Drepung Gomang Monastic Institution in South India was truly a great teacher of our time. He was a great teacher of the Buddhist doctrine, preserving all the teachings of Tsongkapa’s golden lineage. He was such a kind and warm lama who had invited our lama to stay in Drepung Gomang Monastery. But Rinpoche turned down as Rinpoche had promised to be at Gaden. Rinpoche was touched by his affection, and has invited Rinpoche at any time come to Drepung and update him always. Before going back to Gaden , he even blessed Rinpoche. Amazingly and beautifully of such a meeting of a highly known lama, teacher and well respected by everyone , Rinpoche met. Merely by listening to the teachings of a GREAT lama from the video is a blessing.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/great-lamas-masters/drepung-gomang-monasterys-kensur-rinpoche-jetsun-ngawang-nyima.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Friday, May 29. 2020 03:33 PM
    The White Temple of Thailand also known as Wat Rong Khun, which is outside Chiang Rai city. It is one of the most recognizable temple, attracting thousands of locals and tourist yearly. It is beautiful temple where everything in white colour, even the fishes reared in the ponds also white in colour. Well this temple is very unique as it stands out through the white colour. With the use of pieces of glass in the plaster, looks sparkling in the sun. The white colour signifies the purity of the Buddha, while the glass symbolizes the Buddha’s wisdom and the Dhamma, the Buddhist teachings.
    I have visited this amazing White Temple a few years back. Simply amazing. This bizarre-looking white temple located is the brainchild of Chiang Rai-born visual artist and painter Chalermchai Kositpipat. The temple is filled with Buddhist symbolisms, beautiful layout, architecture, all the way to the ornate reliefs and mirror decorations. Worthy visiting.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/the-white-temple-in-thailand.html
  • S.Prathap
    Thursday, May 28. 2020 04:47 PM
    Kyabje Yongyal Rinpoche is a very learned scholar, master of tantra whom were respected by many.Thank you Rinpoche for sharing with us,the wonderful meeting with Kyabje Yonyal Rinpoche in New York.
    It is wonderful and inspiring to see the demonstration of great respect among two great Masters.Thank you very much for the good article.
  • Samfoonheei
    Thursday, May 28. 2020 01:41 PM
    Wow what a great day …..the historic first Kalachakra initiation been held publicly in Tibet, China in the last 50 years. For most by H H the 11th Panchen Lama Bainqen Erdini Qoigyijabu. Many highly attained masters and incarnated lamas and teachers and more than hundred thousand over monks and nuns attended this auspicious event. Looking at those beautiful pictures tells us all. So many of them it’s a blessing for them. With so many attending this event has proves that he is indeed the unmistaken incarnation as he is claimed by some as false and a fake Panchen Lama.
    With Panchen Lama as a spiritual leader, his influence made a huge impact on the Tibetans which is on the rise, this would be wonderful. In no time they might accept Dorje Shugden’s practice. Interesting read and blessing been able to see those beautiful pictures.
    Thank You Pastor David Lai for sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/great-lamas-masters/historic-first-kalachakra-initiation-by-the-11th-panchen-lama.html

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Mahapajapati Gotami, who was the first nun ordained by Lord Buddha.
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.
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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
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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
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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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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
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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
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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
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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
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Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Seen here is Bam, Vajrayogini’s seed syllable and also Kechara's logo. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
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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
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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
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H.E. Zawa Rinpoche in deep concentration. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
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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
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The Shize Fire Puja was performed according to scriptural sources. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
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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
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More about the symbolism of the offering items here: http://bit.ly/WhatIsFirePuja - shared by Pastor Antoinette
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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.
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Graceful hand mudras were also part of the ritual. - shared Pastor Antoinette
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Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Graceful hand mudras were also part of the ritual. - shared Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: One by one the offering substances were offered accompanied by traditional Tibetan recitations. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
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Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: One by one the offering substances were offered accompanied by traditional Tibetan recitations. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: JP Thong ensuring that Geshela's ritual items are within easy reach. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
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Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: JP Thong ensuring that Geshela's ritual items are within easy reach. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Pastor David Lai & Frederick Law were also on hand to assist with the puja ritual substances. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
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Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Pastor David Lai & Frederick Law were also on hand to assist with the puja ritual substances. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Pastor Niral Patel assisting H.E. Zawa Rinpoche during the puja. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
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Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Pastor Niral Patel assisting H.E. Zawa Rinpoche during the puja. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Peaceful fire pujas are excellent to remove inauspiciousness, problems that might be coming to our lifespan, wisdom, wealth, growth of Dharma. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
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Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Peaceful fire pujas are excellent to remove inauspiciousness, problems that might be coming to our lifespan, wisdom, wealth, growth of Dharma. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Over 100 Kecharians & their loved ones spent the Sunday evening immersed in this obstacle pacifying puja. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
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Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Over 100 Kecharians & their loved ones spent the Sunday evening immersed in this obstacle pacifying puja. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: H.E. Zawa Dakpa and Geshe Janchup Gyaltsen Lama inspecting the offering substances. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
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Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: H.E. Zawa Dakpa and Geshe Janchup Gyaltsen Lama inspecting the offering substances. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: H.E. Zawa Rinpoche & Geshe Janchup making last minute checks before the commencement of the Jinsek or Fire Puja. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
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Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: H.E. Zawa Rinpoche & Geshe Janchup making last minute checks before the commencement of the Jinsek or Fire Puja. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: The arrival of the Sangha conducting this sacred puja accompanied by Changtso Beng Kooi and Pastor Niral Patel - shared by Pastor Antoinette
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Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: The arrival of the Sangha conducting this sacred puja accompanied by Changtso Beng Kooi and Pastor Niral Patel - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: The site of the Peaceful Fire Puja the calls upon the pacifying energies of Shize Shugden. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
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Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: The site of the Peaceful Fire Puja the calls upon the pacifying energies of Shize Shugden. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: A close-up of the ladle. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
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Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: A close-up of the ladle. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Substances such as sticks, melted butter, kusha grass, lentils and barley were traditionally offered during the prayers to create the causes for merits, long life and to pacify obstacles. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
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Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Substances such as sticks, melted butter, kusha grass, lentils and barley were traditionally offered during the prayers to create the causes for merits, long life and to pacify obstacles. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Beautifully handcrafted torma or food offering to the Buddha. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
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Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Beautifully handcrafted torma or food offering to the Buddha. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Some of the many offering items & substances used during this highly blessed Fire Puja. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
3 months ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Some of the many offering items & substances used during this highly blessed Fire Puja. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja in Kechara Forest Retreat: A special mandala at the base where the fire puja ritual was conducted. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
3 months ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja in Kechara Forest Retreat: A special mandala at the base where the fire puja ritual was conducted. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Kechara Earth Project (KEP) 8/3/2020
3 months ago
Kechara Earth Project (KEP) 8/3/2020
Dear Kecharians and friends, We are pleased to announce that as part of the preparations for H.E. Tsem Rinpoche's reliquary stupas and incarnation chapel, mantra rolling sessions have begun in Kechara Forest Retreat. We are calling for volunteers to join us in this holy activity. DATE Daily starting 5th March 2020 until further notice TIME (1) Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday & Saturday - 10am to 10pm (2) Thursday & Sunday - 10am to 6pm VENUE Art Studio (Kechara Saraswati Arts) Kechara Forest Retreat If you're interested, kindly contact: Wong Yew Kien 012-3717896 or Karen Chong 012-7710289 We look forward to seeing you soon!
3 months ago
Dear Kecharians and friends, We are pleased to announce that as part of the preparations for H.E. Tsem Rinpoche's reliquary stupas and incarnation chapel, mantra rolling sessions have begun in Kechara Forest Retreat. We are calling for volunteers to join us in this holy activity. DATE Daily starting 5th March 2020 until further notice TIME (1) Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday & Saturday - 10am to 10pm (2) Thursday & Sunday - 10am to 6pm VENUE Art Studio (Kechara Saraswati Arts) Kechara Forest Retreat If you're interested, kindly contact: Wong Yew Kien 012-3717896 or Karen Chong 012-7710289 We look forward to seeing you soon!
Join us for a Peaceful Fire Puja based on Dorje Shugden’s pacifying form. This blessed puja will be conducted at the future site of H.E. Tsem Rinpoche’s outdoor reliquary stupa to pacify obstacles and for the success of the project. EVENT DETAILS • Date: Sunday, 8 March 2020 • Time: 6.00pm – 8.30pm • Venue: Kechara Forest Retreat, Bentong Admission is free, all are welcome. ADDITIONAL BENEFITS FOR SPONSORS AND ATTENDEES • Healing from illness and disease • Overcoming obstacles • Purifying past negative deeds and negative karma • Calming the environment, natural disasters and calamities • Helping the deceased to take a good rebirth • Accumulation of merits for spiritual realisations and attainments
3 months ago
Join us for a Peaceful Fire Puja based on Dorje Shugden’s pacifying form. This blessed puja will be conducted at the future site of H.E. Tsem Rinpoche’s outdoor reliquary stupa to pacify obstacles and for the success of the project. EVENT DETAILS • Date: Sunday, 8 March 2020 • Time: 6.00pm – 8.30pm • Venue: Kechara Forest Retreat, Bentong Admission is free, all are welcome. ADDITIONAL BENEFITS FOR SPONSORS AND ATTENDEES • Healing from illness and disease • Overcoming obstacles • Purifying past negative deeds and negative karma • Calming the environment, natural disasters and calamities • Helping the deceased to take a good rebirth • Accumulation of merits for spiritual realisations and attainments
Join us this weekend for Spiritual Saturday in Kechara Forest Retreat! SATURDAY, 7 MARCH 9.30 am: Polish Gyenze's wish-fulfilling lamps 11.15 am: Introduction to Ayurveda 1.00 pm: Lunch INTERESTED? WhatsApp us at +6017 672 0757 to RSVP your place (and your meal!) See all March activities: bit.ly/2vAGpjF
3 months ago
Join us this weekend for Spiritual Saturday in Kechara Forest Retreat! SATURDAY, 7 MARCH 9.30 am: Polish Gyenze's wish-fulfilling lamps 11.15 am: Introduction to Ayurveda 1.00 pm: Lunch INTERESTED? WhatsApp us at +6017 672 0757 to RSVP your place (and your meal!) See all March activities: bit.ly/2vAGpjF
Kechara Earth Project- new site at Damansara
3 months ago
Kechara Earth Project- new site at Damansara
For those who did not manage to join in for our Loma Gyonma mantra recitation, here's the prayer that you can do daily at home as a preventive measure to ward off unwanted infections and illnesses, especially contagious diseases such as Coronavirus & H1N1. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
3 months ago
For those who did not manage to join in for our Loma Gyonma mantra recitation, here's the prayer that you can do daily at home as a preventive measure to ward off unwanted infections and illnesses, especially contagious diseases such as Coronavirus & H1N1. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Special prayer session in Kechara Forest Retreat where we will be collectively accumulating a minimum of 25,000 Loma Gyonma mantras, combined with circumambulations and 108 candle offerings each to Loma Gyonma and Dorje Shugden. To receive the blessings of Loma Gyonma, the Goddess of Healing and Epidemic Diseases, and to pray for all who are at risk from the novel coronavirus to be healed and protected. -photo credit Cynthia Ng - shared by Pastor Antoinette
3 months ago
Special prayer session in Kechara Forest Retreat where we will be collectively accumulating a minimum of 25,000 Loma Gyonma mantras, combined with circumambulations and 108 candle offerings each to Loma Gyonma and Dorje Shugden. To receive the blessings of Loma Gyonma, the Goddess of Healing and Epidemic Diseases, and to pray for all who are at risk from the novel coronavirus to be healed and protected. -photo credit Cynthia Ng - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Back during the H1N1 outbreak in 2009, Rinpoche advised everyone to quickly accumulate 25,000 recitations of Loma Gyonma’s essence mantra ASAP, combined with daily recitation of both Loma Gyonma and Shize’s mantra. In view of the current situation with the global spread of the novel coronavirus, you are invited to a special prayer session in Kechara Forest Retreat where we will be collectively accumulating a minimum of 25,000 Loma Gyonma mantras, combined with circumambulations and 108 candle offerings each to Loma Gyonma and Dorje Shugden. DATE: Saturday, 15 February 2020 TIME: 3.00pm - 6.30pm VENUE: Wisdom Hall, Kechara Forest Retreat
4 months ago
Back during the H1N1 outbreak in 2009, Rinpoche advised everyone to quickly accumulate 25,000 recitations of Loma Gyonma’s essence mantra ASAP, combined with daily recitation of both Loma Gyonma and Shize’s mantra. In view of the current situation with the global spread of the novel coronavirus, you are invited to a special prayer session in Kechara Forest Retreat where we will be collectively accumulating a minimum of 25,000 Loma Gyonma mantras, combined with circumambulations and 108 candle offerings each to Loma Gyonma and Dorje Shugden. DATE: Saturday, 15 February 2020 TIME: 3.00pm - 6.30pm VENUE: Wisdom Hall, Kechara Forest Retreat
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