The Buddhist Monastery – Tashilunpo Monastery

Tashilhunpo Monastery

Shigatse has not only beautiful natural scenery but also rich cultural landscapes. Tashilhunpo Monastery is located in the mount Niseri of Shigatse, which is the largest monastery in Shigatse region. The fourth Panchen Lamas was the first Panchen lama to be canonized. Since then, Tashilumbo Monastery has become the station of Panchen Lamas in the past ages and has been extended by them.

Highlights

Chin Hall

Chin hall, located in the center of Tashilhunpo Monastery, was built in 1447 and can accommodate 3,800 monks. There are also Shakyamuni hall, Maitreya hall, and tara hall, among which the most magnificent building is Maitreya hall.

Qangba Buddha—Largest Bronze Buddha In The World

Maitreya hall is also called the Qangba hall. There are five floors in the Maitreya hall and two cloisters below. The temple is thirty meters high, all built of stone, the joints are dense, sacred and solemn. The entire hall is a ladder shape, layer upon layer folded high. A lion lies at the top of each floor. The hall is decorated with bronze pillars and gold roofs, imposing and magnificent. The statue of Maitreya is enshrined in the middle, with a total height of 26.2 meters. It sits on the 3.8 meters high pedestal of the lotus flower. There are more than 1,400 diamonds, pearls, amber, coral, pine stones and other precious stones between the brows of the Buddha statue. It is the largest bronze statue of Buddha in the world.

Tashilhunpo Sun Set Buddha

At the northeast corner of the Tashihungpo Monastery stands a towering structure that higher than all the buildings in the Monastery. hIt has been a unique landscape among Tibetan temples for hundreds of years, it strongly attracts the Buddhist believers and tourists to come to worship and to visit. Three days around May 15 in the Tibetan calendar, a grand exhibition activity will be held there, commonly known as exhibition Shaifo. In these three days, it will display giant portraits of the past Buddha, the present Buddha, and the future Buddha, which can be seen from dozens of kilometers away. At this time, believers and monks from all sides,

Golden Pagoda

Tashilhunpo Monastery has many cultural relics, among which the most spectacular one is the golden pagoda. The golden pagoda is very rich, according to the religious rituals, the entire pagoda is divided into three layers. The lower layer contains highland barley, wheat, rice, tea, salt, alkali, all kinds of dried fruit and sugar, sandalwood, all kinds of medicinal materials, all kinds of silk, golden carving saddle, rhinoceros horn, silver treasure, jewelry, master cassock, and Tibetan costume. The middle layer contains Tripitaka, the classic works of three great gurus of Gelug school, the classic works of Panchen, and the sutras written by Panchen scriptures teachers, Beiye scriptures, Jinzhi scriptures, etc.

Tashilhunpo Monastery, as the largest monastery in Shigatse, it is almost like a palace, and in addition to its amazing size, it looked as gorgeous as a palace on the outside.

Together with the “three major monasteries” in Lhasa, Ganden monastery, Sera monastery, and Drepung monastery, it is known as the “four major monasteries” of the Gelug sect of Tibetan Buddhism.

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