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Sakya Monastery, Shigatse
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Sakya Monastery, also known as dPal Sa skya or Pel Sakya is a Buddhist monastery situated 25 km southeast of a bridge which is about 127 km west of Shigatse on the road to Tingri in Tibet.As the seat of the Sakya school of Tibetan Buddhism, it was founded in 1073, by Konchok Gyelpo, originally a Nyingmapa monk of the powerful noble family of the Tsang and became the first Sakya Trizin. Its powerful abbots governed Tibet during the 13th and the 14th centuries under the overlordship of the Mongol Yuan dynasty after the downfall of the Tibetan Empire until they were eclipsed by the rise of the new Kagyu and Gelug schools of Tibetan Buddhism.Its Mongolian architecture is quite different from that of temples in Lhasa and Yarlung. The only surviving ancient building is the Lhakang Chempo or Sibgon Trulpa. Originally a cave in the mountainside, it was built in 1268 by dpon-chen Sakya Sangpo in 1268 and restored in the 16th century. It contains some of the most magnificent surviving artwork in all of Tibet, which appears not to have been damaged in recent times.The Gompa grounds cover more than 18,000 square metres, while the huge main hall covers some 6,000 square metres.
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  • the main hall is largely in its original state. Many monasteries were so destroyed and was rebuilt. This one is to admire on the newly entered buildings in the old state. Highly addictive!
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  • One of the more distant but also one of the best among those usually seen, after the long, slow road eyes will be rewarded
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  • It is the head temple of the Sakya sect. It is the difference between gray and Red temple with Temple of the other. It is settled in the same tone of Sakya District itself. Sakya sect of India, Nepal, many were different from the priest's turban, also would have received. It also succeed child Lama reincarnation, not because the marriage is permitted. Was quite interesting because it is different from other denominations.
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  • One of the most important monasteries in Tibet, fort like Mongolian architecture, with a huge collection of scrolls. Suffered a lot of destruction during the cultural revolution. Toilets for the visitors is a big problem._
  • ས་སྐྱ་དགོན་པ་ནི་ས་སྐྱའི་གོང་མ་རྣམ་ལྔའི་གདན་ས་གཙོ་བོ་ཡིན། དེར་རིག་གསར་དུས་ཉམས་ཉེས་ཆེན་པོ་བྱུང་ན་ཡང་དགོན་པའི་ནང་སྙིང་དེ་མི་ཉམས་པར་སྔར་བཞིན་བསྡད་འདུག
  • Fantastic monastery and people in general, with houses in a style unique and different from other parts of Tibet
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  • 札西德勒

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