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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  • Samfoonheei
    Thursday, Jan 23. 2020 08:31 PM
    Rejoice to those able to witness such an auspicious trance in Wisdom Hall at Kechara Forest Retreat, Bentong . A privilege for many fortunate ones, to witness to our Dharma Protector Dorje Shugden and Karcho Marpo, via the Panglung oracle in full trance, which is very rare. The very first time opened to public and is a tremendous blessing and great merits for all. Panglung Kuten (oracle) was the most famous oracle of Kache Marpo and Dorje Shugden before 1959 in Tibet. Tibet has an ancient and popular tradition of oracles which involves Dharma Protector to descend into a human oracle. Panglung kuten is a very well-known oracle of over 7 great Dharma protectors, who are able to enter him, take full control of his body and speech. Many people from Tibet, Nepal , India and over the world came to seek accurate prophecies, advise and healing from this well- known oracle. For me been able to watch the video is a blessing and pictures tells me a thousand words as I only came to know Kechara in 2016.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/dorje-shugden/700-meet-a-buddha.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Thursday, Jan 23. 2020 08:15 PM
    Many Dharma practitioners rely on Dharma protectors when they seek protection . Dharma protectors play various roles in different aspects of Buddhism . The practice of Dharma protectors has evolved through a long history in India and Tibet. In all traditions of Tibetan Buddhism history, various forceful spirits were tamed by great figures like Guru Rinpoche to become protectors of Buddhism. The purpose of this Dharma Protector practice is to remove obstacles and gather all favourable conditions for their spiritual practice. Within the Nyingma tradition they have Rahula as one of Dharma protectors, Ekajati as the main protector of the Dzogchen teachings while Dorje Shugden is Gelupa Dharma protector and there so many others dharma protectors been practice. Each of the wrathful forms of each protectors varies , depicting their believed willingness to defend and guard practitioners from dangers and enemies. Dharma protectors has benefited countless of sentient beings , granting protection wisdom, material needs and so forth.
    Thank you Rinpoche and Pastor Niral for this knowledgeable post.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/dharma-protectors-of-tibetan-buddhism.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Thursday, Jan 23. 2020 08:12 PM
    Begtse Chen is one of the main protectors of the Geluk School of Tibetan Buddhism and especially revered in Mongolia. The origin of Begtse Chen can be traced to a pre-Buddhist deity in 16th century . Begtse Chen is the main protector associated with the Hayagriva cycle of Tantric Deity meditation practice.
    In Tibetan Buddhism Begtse is believed to have originated in India. The practice entered Tibet with Nyen Lotsawa in the 11th century. As a protector deity that does battle with the forces of evil and the wicked and guards the righteous and faithful . His terrifying, monstrous face it appearance serves only to frighten demons and dark spirits away and serves as a beacon of justice as well as a guardian of wisdom to all who see and revere him. Their wrathful forms depicting their believed willingness to defend and guard everyone from dangers and enemies. Interesting read to understand better of this Dharma Protector.
    Thank you for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/the-dharma-protector-begtse-chen.html
  • S.Prathap
    Thursday, Jan 23. 2020 04:33 PM
    This story is very inspiring.Plants are very important nowadays as we, humans, require oxygen to live. The confidence level in the man has influenced him to change the barren land to a place filled with thousand of various plants.
    Youngsters should take this man as a role model not only for planting trees but for the confidence in him. Not only confidence, but even loaded of courage in him.Thank you very much for the good and inspiring article.

    https://bit.ly/2TOHbmZ


  • S.Prathap
    Wednesday, Jan 22. 2020 04:38 PM
    As we can see in the video these people can help others through these powers , such abilities can also be developed through reciting mantras consistently on a daily basis.It is really interesting of to understand the existing of psychic, which may come from birth or by disaster like lightning.
    Always fascinated by people who have psychic powers. Wonder how it feels like to be able to know and see things the way they do. Personally I don’t know anyone with this ability.Thank you very much for this interesting and educational article.

    https://bit.ly/37jKFBR


  • Samfoonheei
    Monday, Jan 20. 2020 04:09 PM
    Thank you Pastor David for sharing all the wonderful encounters of shopping with Rinpoche. As we know Rinpoche rarely goes shopping for himself but as gifts for various students. Reading this post simply have me thinking, one must be observant to develop knowledge, and to apply what we read from the Lamrim topics into our lives. Being observant of our surroundings and practicing situational awareness at all times.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/one-minute-story/tales-with-my-lama-the-shopping-experience-with-rinpoche
  • Samfoonheei
    Monday, Jan 20. 2020 04:08 PM
    nteresting ….in Tibetan culture wild mushrooms spotted is a symbol of good luck. At Kechara Forest Retreat ,H.E. Tsem Rinpoche’s private garden, mushrooms been spotted which is considered a good omen something good or arrival of good news , very auspicious symbol. Associated with nature and the beauty of the forest, having mushrooms popping up on one garden is rare and is very auspicious in Tibetan Buddhism, which will represent the Dharma will flourish in the near future. It’s indeed an auspicious sign.
    Thank you for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/one-minute-story/an-auspicious-omen-in-kechara-forest-retreat
  • Samfoonheei
    Monday, Jan 20. 2020 04:02 PM
    Religion should not come into politics as it is not one religion among other. These two should not mixed together or the results would be catastrophic To these days religion and politics seem to be all mixed up. It is happening to the present day where the Tibetan Leadership is against the Dorje Shugden practice. Its far too long the Dorje Shugden controversy been going on which is unnecessary and illogical causing sufferings, disharmony , discrimination and so forth among practitioners and non-practitioners. The Tibetan people should be given religious freedom to practise how and what they want. The Dalai Lama who promotes peace and harmony should do more to help those affected by the ban and not specking against them causing confusion. Hopefully the previous advice against Dorje Shugden should be retracted for the sake of a peace and harmony. It would be wonderful if Dalai Lama could have discussion with the Chinese leadership to solve the present problems once for all. China is a great and powerful nation, it would be good to have a good closer relationship . May Dalai Lama live long and back to his homeland Tibet soon. And may Dalai Lama lift the ban against Dorje Shugden .
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/dorje-shugden/dalai-lama-china-shugden.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Sunday, Jan 19. 2020 09:16 PM
    Tsem Rinpoche was one definitely a modern Lama ,it was Rinpoche that we have online knowledge , learning and practicing Dharma. Being one of the first lamas to recognise the benefits of using the Internet to spread dharma teachings for free. We are very fortunate to have met Rinpoche , whereby we are able to learn, practice Dharma teachings. I myself got to know Rinpoche through his blog . Since I stumbled across Rinpoche blog, there is no stopping for me. I have visited it daily and to increase my Buddhism knowledge . Its amazing each day I learn something new , really interest and inspiring.
    Rinpoche had set the blog to preserve the teachings as taught by his many Gurus. Rinpoche was truly a modern Lama yet maintaining all traditional commitments, guru devotion, daily practices and so forth.
    Thank you Rinpoche with folded hands and Pastor Jean Ai for sharing this wonderful post.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/one-minute-story/growing-up-with-rinpoche-the-traditional-modern-lama
  • Samfoonheei
    Sunday, Jan 19. 2020 09:14 PM
    Helmut Gassner, known as Venerable Gelong Jampa Lungtog is a senior Buddhist monk from Austria. He was an electrical engineer before, and became interested in Buddhism after meeting Venerable Geshe Rabten Rinpoche. Throughout his lifetime, he has translated for many high lamas, including His Holiness the Dalai Lama, and is a strong advocate for the practice of Dorje Shugden. Helmut Gassner were annoyed and upset by the ban of Dorje Shugden by Dalai Lama ,as he knew that the practice of Dorje Shugden is an integral part of the Gaden Tradition. He bravely spoke about it in his speech at the Friedrich-Naumann-Foundation in Germany. Its wonderful of him to tell the truth with his experience and knowledge. May more people dare to speck up about the truth.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/great-lamas-masters/translator-ven-helmut-gassner-on-dalai-lama-and-dorje-shugden.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Saturday, Jan 18. 2020 02:42 PM
    Great teachings and inspirational for us to ponder, thank you Rinpoche. Each words and sentence tell us a thousand words. Great things never come from comfort zones, is the result of hard work and hustle over time that one is successful. We ourselves got to put in action as no one else is going to do it for us. Sometimes later becomes never. We have to use each day as an opportunity to improve, to be better and to transform our mind. It might sound like a lot of work but with determination and hard work nothing is impossible in life.
    Thanks again with folded hands.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/inspiration-worthy-words/if-you-are.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Saturday, Jan 18. 2020 02:39 PM
    Interesting biography of Gendun Gyatso the second Dalai Lama. Gendun Gyatso previous Incarnations was Gendun Drub the First Dalai Lama b.1391 – d.1474. He was born an extraordinary child, able to speak in song of his previous life and expressing the wish to return to his monastery, Tashilhunpo. Even before he finished his studies , incredibly he could give teachings and give initiations. He was a renowned scholar and composer of mystical poetry, who travelled widely to extend Gelugpa influence. He was remembered as one who built the monastery Chokhor Gyel Metok Tang and involving an extremely important decision of Lhamo Latso. Lhamo Latso is a sacred lake located in southern Tibet where senior Tibetan monks go for visions to assist in the discovery of reincarnations. It is one of the most significant pilgrimage destinations in Tibetan Buddhism as to this day. He left a legacy with many volumes of verse, composition, and practice instructions.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing .

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/great-lamas-masters/the-second-dalai-lama-gendun-gyatso.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Saturday, Jan 18. 2020 02:38 PM
    Master Cheng Yen is a Taiwanese Buddhist nun, most known for her work as a teacher and philanthropist. She is the founder of the Buddhist Compassion Relief Tzu Chi Foundation, a non-governmental organization.
    She is involved in various charitable works such as international disaster relief, environmental protection and preservation, community volunteering, health donations and so forth. She is an extraordinary Buddhist nun who has devoted whole her life to helping others,and was recognized internationally with numerous awards to date. Master Cheng Yen continues this noble path of teaching the Buddha Dharma, skillfully revealing how this ancient wisdom is as relevant today, as ever. And, she is a truly inspirational force when it comes to helping us realize that we should put compassion in action by alleviating the suffering of others. She is also known as Mother Teresa of the East to many.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this inspiring post.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/great-lamas-masters/mother-teresa-of-the-east.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Friday, Jan 17. 2020 05:58 PM
    Thank you Rinpoche for the sharing . FEARLESS is getting back up and fighting for what we want over and over again without giving up. Successful people have no fear of failure they stay open to all possibilities of the outcomes. We embrace change, even change that appears negative by thinking positive. Being fearless is more about who we are, rather than what we do. Fearless people are great, they are full of life, good energy, passion and self-belief. We must try as we never know if we do not try. Keep trying as the success rate is higher than we thought.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/inspiration-worthy-words/thoughts.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Friday, Jan 17. 2020 05:54 PM
    Happiness is not made by what we own, it is what we share and giving generously and sincerely. A simple gift by June Tang tells all. Given sincerely from her heart on her birthday to Rinpoche . It’s all done without money, that’s very true and that’s what I consider true generosity for sure. Giving what she could. She give all and yet she feel as if it costs her nothing. But to Rinpoche its mean a lot of sincerity We seek to give with an open, pure heart, with no attachment to what we are .
    Quoted… no true spiritual life is possible without a generous heart. Generosity allies itself with an inner feeling of abundance—the feeling that we have enough to share.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing .

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/study-groups/its-all-done-without-money.html

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Mahapajapati Gotami, who was the first nun ordained by Lord Buddha.
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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.
Wandering Ascetic Painting by Nirdesha Munasinghe
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Wandering Ascetic Painting by Nirdesha Munasinghe
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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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
8 months ago
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
Silver Manjusri figure from Ngemplak Semongan (Indonesia). Apparently during the Shailendra Dynasty, Mahayana Buddhism was very strong in Indonesia. This Dynasty promoted Mahayana Buddhism and Manjushri was a principal Buddha of worship.
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Silver Manjusri figure from Ngemplak Semongan (Indonesia). Apparently during the Shailendra Dynasty, Mahayana Buddhism was very strong in Indonesia. This Dynasty promoted Mahayana Buddhism and Manjushri was a principal Buddha of worship.
In Buddhism: The Importance of Having a Clean Room- https://bit.ly/2ZgrbKS
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In Buddhism: The Importance of Having a Clean Room- https://bit.ly/2ZgrbKS
There is an area near Lumbini, Nepal, they have sightings of Yeti for hundreds of years. So they have signages in the area with Yeti artwork to highlight this. Interesting. TR
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There is an area near Lumbini, Nepal, they have sightings of Yeti for hundreds of years. So they have signages in the area with Yeti artwork to highlight this. Interesting. TR
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