DREPUNG MONASTERY

Drepung Monastery is situated at the foot of the Mountain Gambo Utse, 5 KM  from the western suburb of Lhasa, This monastery was established in 1416 by Tsong Khapa’s disciple Jamyang Qoigyi, who was versed in both Esoteric  and Exotoric Buddhism and became the first Kampo there. It is also known as the most important monastery of Gelugpa in Tibetan Buddhism. Covering an area of 250,000 square meters (299,007 square yards), it held 7,700 monks in total and possessed 141 fazendas and 540 pastures in its heyday, and is the largest-scale monastery among the ones of the same kind. Seen from afar, its grand, white construction gives the appearance of a heap of rice. As such, it was given the name ‘Drepung‘, which, in the Tibetan language, means ‘Collecting Rice.

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