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Mindroling Monastery

Mindroling Monastery Tour

Mindroling Monastery belongs to one of the six major monasteries of Tibetan Nyingma school. Mindroling means "Place of Perfect Emancipation" in Tibetan. The monsatery is on the south side of the Tsangpo river, about 43 kilometers east of the Lhasa airport. The Mindroling Monastery has trained its monastic university to Nyingma scholars and yogis from all over Tibet for nearly 300 years. The learning of Buddhist scriptures, astronomy, Tibetan lunar calendar, calligraphy, rhetoric, and Traditional Tibetan medicine are emphasized here. Monks are trained traditionally with thirteen years of major sutra and tantra texts of the Nyingma, and the practices stemming from various terma, especially from the lineage of Terdak Lingpa. The central Tsuglhakhang is an elegant brown stone structure on the west side of the Mindroling Monastery courtyard.
If you walk clockwise, the first chapel is the Zhelre Lhakhang. If you go upstairs, you will find the Tresor Lhakhang, which houses several treasures. The most remarkable ones including a stone hoofprint and a famed old thangka with the gold footprints and handprints of Terdak Lingpa. The host of it was originally the fifth Dalai Lama. Recently, a new white chorten has been built to replace an original 13-storey chorten, which was destroyed in the Cultural Revolution. The Taiwanese offered the fund. On the 10th day of the fifth Tibetan lunar month and the fourth day of the fourth lunar month, Mindroling Monastery will organize the cham dancing. Also, the latter festival features the creation of a sand mandala nine days later. Address: Zhanang County, Lhokha Prefecture.  Contact number: 0086-10-85968802  Admission Fee:CNY 20  Opening Hours: 09:00-18:00

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Question:I spent the day at Mindroling Monastery photographing the paintings and murals of the famous Karshodpa artist Pema Konchog. It is awesome.

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