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Tibet has almost become synonymous with Buddhism and Dalai Lama. The message of Buddhism is spread in each and every corner of the region. So here is some information on the list of Buddhist Monasteries.

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Holy Places in Tibet

Sadhu in  Kathmandu
The Buddhist monasteries in Tibet resonates the atmosphere of spirituality, serenity, peacefulness and magic. The frescos and the architectural features of the monasteries evoke the actual essence of the Buddhist religion. The Buddhist monasteries in Drepung, the Jokhang, a spirtual centre, and the majestic palaces of Dalai Lama are the main attraction of the region. Norbulingka or the summer Palace and the Potala - the Traditional Seat are some of the highlights of visit.

Tibetan Monasteries

It is the oldest monastery in Tibet. This monastery was founded during the reign of King Trisong Detsen between 765 and 780 AD. Now Samye monastery is a major tourist destination. The frescos and the architectural features of this monastery is a major attraction. The architecture of this monastery reflects the style of the Odantapuri temple in Bihur, India. The central temple symbolizes a mountain, and those around it are oceans and continents.

It is situated in a fertile plain along the Lhasa River, a Brahmaputra tributary. Lhasa known as "God's place" is considered as the religious, commercial, and political center of Tibet. In the heart of Lhasa is the Jokhang, a spirtual centre, which was built by King Songtsen Gampo during 637 and 647 AD. This shrine was built to store an image of Lord Buddha, the dowry of his wife Princess Bhrikuti. The image of Buddha is still found inside the shrine. You can also found the Norbulingka, summer palace of the Dalai Lama in Lhasa. And several other monasteries like Dreprung, Sera, and Nechung, which are situated just outside the city. The most famous shrine of Lhasa is the Potala palace, built by Ngawang Lozang Gyatso during1617 and 1682.

This is situated in the Rong Chu Valley of Central Tibet. It was founded in 1056 AD. The monastery was initially associated with the Indian scholar Atisha but later it had important ties to the Dalai Lamas and the Gelugpa Order. The monastery has wall paintings of venerable lamas and Tantric gods in the assembly hall and a much-revered gold statue of Guhyasumaja, usually defined as the personal Tantric deity of Atisha. It was destroyed when the Communist took over, but now the monastery is slowly rebuilt.

Among the other monasteries are

Situated in the valley of Tro-mo just north of Yatung Monastery. The monastery has a large courtyard, which is surrounded by wooden buildings.

It is located at a height of 4280 m in the province of Tsang; it has two monasteries on the north and south sides of the Trum River.

Ganden is the first and main Gelugpa monastery, which was established by Tsong-kapa in 1417. It is situated 40 km east of Lhasa.

Dreprung is another monastery, which is situated only three miles west of Lhasa. A monk who was a disciple of Tsong-kapa named Jamyang Chöje established this monastery. It is one of the most popular religious centers in Tibet.

Other monasteries, which you can visit, are Tashilhunpo Monastery and Kumbum Monastery to name a few.

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