Tashilunpo Monastery, Shigatse
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The largest operating religious institution in Tibet, Tashilunpo Monastery is home to the world's biggest gilded statue Maitreya Buddha--Buddha of the Future. The first Dalai Lama founded the monastery in 1447 and, while other Tibetan monasteries were severely damaged during the Chinese Cultural Revolution, the major structures of this one survived almost intact. Walk the cobbled alleys winding around aged buildings and see many photographs of Panchen Lamas--the highest-ranking lamas after Dalai Lama. Look for the Panchen Lama palace with golden stupas and three statues representing Amitabha Buddha, Buddha of Infinite Light. Arrange to visit Tashilunpo Monastery and other attractions in Shigatse using our Shigatse itinerary maker.
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Après le Potala, le monastère de Tashilumpo est certainement incontournable pour une visite du Tibet. Résidence du Panchen Lama, ce monastère est situé à flanc de montagne à proximité de Shigatse. Le ... read more »After the Potala, the Tashilumpo monastery is certainly essential for a visit to Tibet. Residence of the Panchen Lama, the monastery is located on a mountainside near Shigatse. The site has a certain charm and beautiful paintings. Note 26 m high Buddha who we were told as the largest of the world.show original
Nice temple with beautiful buildings. Unfortunately some quite new due to destruction in last century. Great view of the city.
Questo grande complesso templare è la principale ragione per cui si viene in visita alla città. Fondato in epoca assai remota, questo complesso monastico è fra i più importanti per il buddismo tibetan... read more »This large temple complex is the main reason why you are visiting the city. Founded in the very remote, this monastery is one of the most important Tibetan Buddhism as a result of the second spiritual authority the Panchen Lama. The enclosure of the monastery, on the slopes of a high Hill adorned with multicolored banners of Tibetan tradition and dominated by a large Tangka paintings (the wall for exposure of large tapestry ritual with the image of the Buddha), monastic chairs meet, Chorten and stupas, temples including one very old and retains the largest existing Buddha statue in Tibet , the Winter Palace of the Panchen Lama, the temples with the burials of fifth and Nonius Panchen Lama with a large funeral stove in gold-plated silver and precious stones, a large gold mandala also of tremendous size, the temple for the burial of all the other Panchen Lama, recently rebuilt after the destruction of the cultural revolution, with all the Golden roofs de in the same style of ancient buildings Finally the large meeting room, where we arrived at 18.00 lured by the sound of an accord in which a monk was blowing with energy rallying his fellow for prayer and where wearing a cloak and yellow berets flocked the monks. The ancient Hall richly adorned and with an inner temple houses the throne of the Panchen Lama and many rows of seats of the monks who gathered here sing their rhythmic and rich of an ancient prayers singsong voices MSI also cobbled courtyard outside the impressive meeting hall, with its frescoed walls by a thousand images of Buddha, and its cloister-style balustrades also worth a stop and some pictures. Not to be missed!show original
Must visit place when you go to Tibet. Big area of Monastery sorrounding the mountain.
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May the Panchen Lama soon be released from Chinese prison. MCLEOD GANJ, India, 25 April 2014 Tibetans marked the 25th birthday of the XIth Panchen Lama, Gedhun Choekyi Nyima, on Friday, as he remains a captive of the Chinese government. Revered as the second in hierarchy after the Dalai Lama, Panchen Lama, along with his parents, disappeared a day after the Dalai Lama recognised him as the reincarnation of the Xth Panchen Lama. He was then six years old, in 1995. A few months later, the Chinese government appointed Gyaltsen Norbu as its own “Panchen Lama”. The Chinese government initially denied allegations that Gedhun Choekyi Nyima had been kidnapped. A year later, in May 1996, as international pressure mounted, China admitted to holding the XIth Panchen Lama. China said that for fear of his being kidnapped by separatists, he was being held “at the request of his parents”. Subsequently, in a series of conflicting reports, China claimed that Gedhun Choekyi Nyima was living in Beijing, and in Tibet, saying that his parents wished not to be disturbed and to lead a quiet life. Sikyong Lobsang Sangay, the Prime Minister of the Central Tibetan Administration, said in a statement that the very existence of the Panchen Lama is in doubt as he has not been seen since being taken into captivity on 17 May 1995. He said that recognition of reincarnations falls within the Tibetan spiritual domain, and only Tibetan spiritual leaders have this prerogative. It is not a political matter, particularly not for an atheist government responsible for destroying Tibetan culture in Tibet. “I also directly appeal to the Chinese authorities to release Gedun Choekyi Nyima, his family, and other prisoners of conscience. This would be a large step forward to restoring China’s moral leadership in the world.” Tibetan Centre for Human Rights and Democracy in a statement on the occasion stated that the disappearance of the Panchen Lama demonstrates the extreme hostility and suspicion with which Chinese government views Tibetan religion and its clergy. “The act also represents the manipulation of Tibetan Buddhism for political purposes as is evident in the Order no 5 issued by the Chinese government to control and institutionalize the Tibetan reincarnation system, a move that essentially prohibits Buddhist monks from reincarnating without government permission.” Tibetan Buddhists believe that the continued disappearance of the XIth Panchen Lama continues to deprive them of their right to freedom of religion or belief. Tibet Sun
Dr Nicholas Exadaktylos
Big and very interesting monastery, must be visited. Opportunities for nice photographs.
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