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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Shigatse is the base of Banchan Lama. Tashi Lunpo is acctually the biggest monastery in Tibet. You can acctually do a circuit walking around the monastery and that was what I did and it was interestin... more »
This is a huge monastery and it is a must-see, in my opinion, even if you have seen 30 other Tibetian monasteries. Home of the Panchen Lama and monks everywhere. A great place for photos even though t... more »
La visita al Monasterio Tashilunpo te traslada atrás en el tiempo al mismo tiempo que disfrutas de su visita ya que su historia y su actual mantenimiento de su estructura y dependencias hace que su vi... more »The visit to Tashilunpo monastery moved you back in time while you enjoy your visit and that their history and their current maintenance of the structure and dependencies makes that your visit is must if you are travelling to Tibet. Sacred place for Tibetan Buddhists since here was the seat of the Panchen Lama in another form the second religious authority after the Dalai Lama. I recommend a visit and let yourself go for its history and live in the moment. It will be a unique visit.View original
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Big and very interesting monastery, must be visited. Opportunities for nice photographs._
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
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