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Samye Monastery (Sangye Si), Dranang County

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3D model available in Google Earth)3D model available]]The Samye Monastery or Samye Gompa is the first Buddhist monastery built in Tibet. It was probably first constructed between 775-9 CE under the patronage of King Trisong Detsen of Tibet who sought to revitalize Buddhism, which had declined since its introduction by King Songtsän Gampo in the 7th century. The monastery is in Dranang, Lhoka Prefecture. It was supposedly modeled on the design of Odantapuri in what is now Bihar, India.The 18th century Puning Temple of Chengde, Hebei, China was modeled after the Samye Gompa.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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  • One of the oldest and most interesting Tibetan monasteries. Founded by Padmasambhava at the time of the Tibetan empire, he returned to the plan of a mandala. To realize, just climb the nearby Hill, from which you can enjoy a wonderful view on the site and the Valley of the Yarlung Tsangpo. The landscape of the region between river, mountains and sand dunes is remarkable. As for the monastery itself, the central building is in good condition and contains interesting murals. The atmosphere is very special. Unfortunately, the photos are prohibited inside under penalty of a fine, and spit on the ground also (but it's less embarrassing for us Westerners!). Visit Samye is a 'must' stay in Tibet.
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  • One of the first monasteries we visited, and one of our favorites. One special was we arrived at the monks study time, so were able to observe all the ritual and sincerity of their beliefs and study. ...  more »
  • The monastery complex consists of a large main monastery and many smaller temples around it. It looks rather like a small village. Visit the monastery of about 2 hours is more than enough.
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  • Amazing. I would go back in a heartbeat.
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  • One of the most holiest and oldest Buddhist monastery in Tibet.
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