Samye Monastery (Sangye Si), Dranang County

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3D model available in Google Earth)3D model available]]Samye was the first gompa (Buddhist monastery) built in Tibet. It was probably first constructed between 775-9 under the patronage of King Trisong Detsen of Tibet who sought to revitalize Buddhism, which had declined since its introduction by King Songtsen Gampo in the 7th century. The monastery is in Dranang, Lhoka. It was supposedly modeled on the design of Odantapuri in what is now Bihar, India.The 18th century Puning Temple built by the Qianlong Emperor of Qing China in Chengde, Hebei was modeled after Samye.HistoryAccording to tradition, the Indian monk Śāntarakṣita made the first attempt to construct the monastery while promoting his sutra-centric version of Buddhism. Finding the Samye site auspicious, he set about to build a structure there. However, the building would always collapse after reaching a certain stage. Terrified, the construction workers believed that there was a demon or obstructive tulku in a nearby river making trouble.
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  • Suggest to go with the pilgrims, I was a few years ago, early in the morning (like 5 points) in the Jokhang Temple Square has a special car to go, on the bus there are not know the grandmother of the delicious fruit to me, to the Mulberry Temple, first registered guest house, hostel conditions are more general, similar to the university dormitory, but one night. The afternoon special car will pull everyone to the Green Park worship, the mountain is relatively high, there is a plateau reaction of the words do not climb, along the way the temples and customs are very beautiful. The next morning the car will take us to another practice (sorry forget the name), but also on the mountainside, before sunrise, Sunrise will be seen in the mid-levels of the Yarlung Zangbo River valley. Down the hill after the bus to Mulberry Temple, sang Temple in the legend of the afterlife soul back to the place, but that door has been closed, we secretly watched for a long time. The temple is very good, even if saw the Jokhang Temple Ramoche Tashilhunpo, also will not esthetic fatigue. A temple, two spiritual land, is my favorite trip to Tibet.
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  • The whole monastery complex is very beautiful. It is built in a mandala shape and if you have time to go up the hill nearby, you will get a wonderful areal view of it. There are countless small chapel...  more »
  • It is a traditional Buddhist temple, nice but very far from Lhasa, I suggest to visit but to avoid to stay night in local hotel and guest house.  more »
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  • Interesting monastery that gives you Tibetan monastic culture of Tibet.
  • Amazing. I would go back in a heartbeat.
  • First and Oldest monastery in Tibet. Stay for two days. Trekking chimpuk hermit is recommended. Great semi dessert landscape
  • ITS SO Amazing
  • Monastery with a long history

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