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Stakna Monastery, Leh

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Stakna Monastery or Stakna Gompa is a Buddhist monastery of the Drugpa sect in Stakna, Leh district, Ladakh, northern India, 21 or 25 kilometres from Leh on the left bank of the Indus River.It was founded in the late 16th century by a Bhutanese scholar and saint, Chosje Jamyang Palkar. The name, literally meaning 'tiger's nose' was given because it was built on a hill shaped like a tiger's nose. Of note is a sacred Arya Avalokitesvara statue from Kamrup, Assam. Stakna has a residence of approximately 30 monks.
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  • The monastery is certainly nice and worth the visit. If you are lucky, as has happened to me, you might come across the monastery Rinpoche Stakna. The Rinpoche is a spiritual guide and dispense blessings to villagers, in their territory, but they are also administrators on matters of money and all the properties of the monastery. They shall be appointed within the Tibetan Buddhism, after a long search in several villages, following the indications of the former Rinpoche. The Rinpoche to Stakna is H.E Dorjey Rinpoche and Migyur Thinley Jigmet. Stakna was chosen at the age of 18 months and since then lives in the monastery under the guidance of the masters. But basically a child remains always a child, peering from a window on the pilgrims or visitors and after a poignant encounter, invites us to watch her bike scarrozzando along the balcony ...
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  • Stakna, for us, was a worthwhile trip after Thiksey. hardly anyone visits here and we had the place to ourself. A lovely monk gave us a personal guided tour of all the temples. The views also are love...  more »
  • Because there were ony three other visitors, the resident monk took us around the three different temples, one of them which is normally not open. He explained a number of details as well as special a...  more »