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Ganden Monastery

Ganden Monastery lies 45 kilometres east of Lhasa. It’s a beautiful ride along the Lhasa River Valley (the Lhasa R. links with the Brahmaputra River – which also flows by Lhasa – and eventually flows into India) – both rivers having clean, glacial water much like one sees in the Rockies.

The monastery sits atop the mountainside at about 4267 metres (c. 14,000 feet) and is the first of the monasteries built by the Gelugpa or Yellow Hat sect under Tsong Khapa (or Zongkapa) in 1409. It is, in fact, the central monastery of this sect of Tibetan Buddhism. There used to be between 3500 and 4000 monks there before 1951; now there are only 400 and limited to that size by the government.
The monastery was completely destroyed following the Chinese invasion of Tibet and the subsequent events of the Cultural Revolution. Since the 1980s, it is being re-built and in use.
Ganden Monastery
Ganden Monastery
The Long and Winding Road Up to Ganden Monastery
The Long and Winding Road Up to Ganden Monastery
Yak
Yak
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Founder Tsong Khapa's Retreat House
Founder Tsong Khapa's Retreat House
Main Temple
Main Temple
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Main Hall
Main Hall
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Image of Founder Tsong Khapa
Image of Founder Tsong Khapa
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Kunlun Mountain Range
Kunlun Mountain Range
Lhasa Valley
Lhasa Valley
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Directions
Directions
Trail to Sky Burial Site
Trail to Sky Burial Site
Stupa - Lama's Burial Site
Stupa - Lama's Burial Site
View from Sky Burial Site
View from Sky Burial Site
Sky Burial Site
Sky Burial Site
Tools of the Trade
Tools of the Trade
Cause and Effect
Cause and Effect
Tsong Khapa's Retreat House
Tsong Khapa's Retreat House
Main Square
Main Square
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Retrieving Water
Retrieving Water
Happy in His Work
Happy in His Work
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