As Tibetans believe Buddhism, Tibet has many famous monasteries and some of them are very prestigious. If you travel to Tibet and are very interested in Tibetan Buddhism and monasteries, then you should not miss the following famous monasteries.
1 Potala Palace, Lhasa
Potala Palace listed as one of UNESCO World Heritage site in 1994. Potala Palace which built on the rocky mountain overlooking Lhasa City has an appearance like the strong fortress. It contains more than one thousand rooms. In these rooms, the most sacred rooms are Chogyal Drubphuk and Phakpa Lhakhang, which remnants fromSongtsen Gampo. Arya Lokeshvara has more than 200,000 statues and 10,000 altars in the sacred complex.
The Potala Palace is composed of two main parts, easily distinguished by its color: the Red Palace and the White Palace. It is famous for its magnificent buildings, pious atmosphere and splendid works of art. The White Palace consists of halls, temples, and courtyards, and is the residence of Dalai Lamas. The Red Palace includes a variety of rooms that worship Buddha. There are eight pagodas, including fifth to thirteenth Dalai Lamas. The tomb was a precious sacrifice, including a pagoda made of 200 thousand pearls. Potala Palace has also collected many cultural relics, such as murals, pagodas, statues, Thangka and rare classics. Anyway, when you travel to Tibet, Potala Palace is a must-see monastery in Tibet.
2 Jokhang Temple, Lhasa
Located in the old city of Lhasa, Jokhang Temple is the spiritual center of Tibet and found in 647 by Songsen Gampo. Combine characteristics of architecture in China, Tibet, and Nepal, the Jokhang Temple has become a model of Buddhist architecture in Tibet. In Jokhang Temple, there is a sacred church which dedicated to various gods and Buddha, one of the most valuable Buddhas is a 12-year-old statue of Shakyamuni. Many pilgrims around the world came to the Jokhang Temple, walking clockwise and crawling in front of Jokhang Temple. They believe a dedication prayer will bring their blessings.
3 Sera Monastery, Lhasa
Located on at the foot of Tatipu mountain in the north of Lhasa, Sera monastery is one of three Yellow Sect monastery. The hills behind Sera monastery were covered with wild roses in the process of construction.
In the monastery, you can watch the monks debating Buddhist scriptures in the back of the shade in the courtyard. Every day, hundreds of red monks join in group and practice debating skills. It was a very interesting scene. It was a very interesting scene, during which their strike positions were different from those of hip-hop singers. They were clapping, turning, pointing fingers, howling, and throwing their prayer beads. In most cases, a monk sits on the floor, and the other sits between them. They argue about Buddhist rituals and enjoy their arguments.
4 Ganden Monastery, Lhasa
Ganden Monastery is located on the South Bank of the Lhasa River, 60 km away from Lhasa city. The establishment of Ganden Monastery symbolizes the formation of the Gelug Sect of Buddhism in Tibet. It is well-known as one of the Three Great Temples together with the later established Sera Monastery and Drepung Monastery. In 1410, there are more than five hundred lamas in Ganden Monastery, so Tsongkhapa hosted a grand ceremony. Tsongkhapa also became the first Ganden Grip. As the first resident, he died in the Ganden monastery, so the status of Ganden monastery is undisputed in all Gelug monasteries.
When you go for a trip to Tibet, you should never miss a good chance to visit top monasteries in Lhasa and experience Tibet Buddhism culture.