List of Tibetan monasteries

Name

Chinese

And

Chinese character

Location

Tradition

Established

Note

Potala Palace

“Bu da la gong”布达拉宫

Lhasa

Gelug

the 7th century

1.The landmark of Lhasa, used to be the winter palace for the Dalai Lamas2.The Potala Palace sets the religion,politics,history and art in one.It is referred to the “Tibet Museum”.

Jokhang temple

“Da zhao si” 大昭寺

Lhasa

Gelug

647 AD

Lhasa main temple. Said to have been built by King Songtsen Gampo in 647; a major pilgrimage site.

Drepung Monastery

“Zhe bang si” 哲蚌寺

Lhasa

Gelug

1416

The largest monastery in the world,and The highest position of the Gelug sect monastery of Tibetan Buddhism. .

Nechung Temple

“Nai qiong si” 乃琼寺

Lhasa

Gelug

Pabonka Hermitage

“Pa bang ka” 帕邦喀

Lhasa

Gelug

7th century

Independent before 1959, has belonged to Sera since 1980.

Sera Monastery

“Se la si” 色拉寺

Lhasa

Gelug

1419

It is the second largest monastery in Tibet,with the DrepungGanden monastery collectively were known as the three major monasteries in Lhasaand was built latest .

Gandain Monastery

“Gan dan si” 甘丹寺

Lhasa

Gelug

1409

the magnificent monastery was established in 1409 by Zongkapa,founder of the Gelug Sect.

Ramoche Temple

“Xiao zhao si” 小昭寺

Lhasa

Gelug

641

Ramoche Temple is a Buddhist monastery is considered the most important temple in Lhasa after the Jokhang Temple.

Reting Monastery

Re zhen si” 热阵寺

Lhünzhub County

Gelug

1057

1.Reting Monastery is an historically important Buddhist monastery in Lhünzhub County in Lhasa.2.It is also commonly spelled “Radreng.”

Tashilumpo Monastery

“Zha shi lun bu si”扎什伦布寺

Shigatse

Gelug

1447

1.it is the largest Monastery in Tsang2.It rivals the Potala Palace.3.The monastery is the traditional seat of successive Panchen Lamas, the second highest ranking tulku lineage in the Gelug tradition of Tibetan Buddhism.4.the full name in Tibetan of the monastery means “all fortune and happiness gathered here” or “heap of glory”.

Yungbulakang Palace

Yong bu la kang”雍布拉康

Lhokha

Gelug

127 BC

it was the first building in Tibet and the palace of the first Tibetan king, Nyatri Tsenpo.

Tradruk Temple

Chang zhu si” 昌珠寺

Lhokha

Gelug

Sontzen gampo period

The largest, oldest and most important monastery in theYarlung Valley. Said to have been built by KingSongtsen Gampo.

Drak Yerpa

“Zha ye ba si” 扎叶巴寺

Lhasa

Nyingma

the 7th century

Tibet shrine is Lhasa,Lhasa shrine is Yerpa

Samye Monastery

“Sang ye si” 桑耶寺

Lhokha

Nyingma

779

Samye monastery was founded in the 8th century tubo dynasty, is the first tonsure monks monastery in Tibet

Mindrolling monastery

“Ming zhu lin si” 敏珠林寺

Lhokha

Nyingma

1676

1.One of the six “Nyingmapa mother monasteries.”2.The name in Tibetan means “Place of Perfect Emancipation”.

Dorje Drak

Duo jie zha si” 多杰扎寺

Lhokha

Nyingma

The end of 16 century

One of the six “Nyingmapa mother monasteries.”

Dzogchen monastery

“Zuo qin da yuan man si”

佐钦大圆满寺

Kham,Sichuan

Nyingma

1684

One of the six “Nyingmapa mother monasteries.”

Katok Monastery

“Ga tuo si” 噶陀寺

Baiyu,Sichuan

Nyingma

1122

One of the six “Nyingmapa mother monasteries.”

Palyul Monastery

Bai yu si” 白玉寺

Baiyu,Sichuan

Nyingma

1665

1.One of the six “Nyingmapa mother monasteries.”

  1. other Branch “Namdroling Monastery” established by Penor Rinpoche at INDIA, since 1963.

Shechen Monastery

“Xue qian si” 雪谦寺

Or

“Xie qing si” 协庆寺

Deger,Sihuan

Nyingma

1731

One of the six “Nyingmapa mother monasteries.”

Sagya Monastery

Sa jia si” 萨迦寺

Tsang

Sakya

1703

Seat of H.H. The Sakya Trizin.

Gongkar Chöde Monastery

“Gong ga qu de si”

贡嘎曲德寺

Lhokha

Sakya

1464

Ralung Monastery

“Re long si”热龙寺

Gyantse

Drukpa

1193

1.Seat of the Gyalwang Drukpa.2.It was one of the famous Tibetan temple the middle of the 14th century.

Tsurphu Monastery

“Chu bu si” 楚布寺

Lhasa

Kagyu

1189

1.Seat of H.H. The Gyalwa Karmapa.2.It is the main temple of Karma Kagyu,and the Karmapa llamas lived here

Riwoche Monastery

“Lei wu qi si” 类乌齐寺

Kham

Kagyu

1227

Seat of the Taklung Kagyu lineage.

Drigung Monastery

Zhi gong ti si”直贡梯寺

Lhasa

Kagyu

1179

Traditionally it has been the main seat of the Drikung Kagyu tradition of Tibetan Buddhism.

 Palpung Monastery

“Ba bang si” 八邦寺

Deger,Sihuan

Kagyu

1727

Seat of the Tai Situpa and Jamgon Kongtrul.

Yungdrungling Monastery

“Yong zhong lin si” 雍仲林寺

Shigatse

Bon

1834

It is the famous bon monasteries in Tibet

Menri Monastery

“Man ri si”曼日寺

or

“Mei ri si” 梅日寺

Namling County,Shigatse City

Bön

1406

1.Bon mother monasery2.The whole name is “zha xi man ri si” 扎西曼日寺 or “zha xi mei ri si”扎西梅日寺 in Chinese

Phuntsokling Monastery

Jue nang si” 觉囊寺

Shigatse

Jonang

early 12th century

Phuntsokling Monastery is The earliest monastery of Jonang.

 Narthang Monastery

“Na tang si” 纳塘寺

Shigatse

Kadam

1033

Nathang was the fourth great monastery of Tsang with Shalu Monastery, Sakya and Tashilhunpo

Nyethang Drolma Lhakhang Temple

Nie tang zhuo ma la kang

聂塘卓玛拉康

Lhasa

1274


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