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103. Tashi Lhunpo monastery, Shigatse, Tibet, China

Tashi Lhunpo monastery is one of the six largest monasteries of the Gelugpa school of Tibetan Buddhism. It was founded in 1447 by the closest disciple of the first Dalai Lama Gedun Drubpa.

The total area monastery covers is 700000 square meters and it consists of the great assembly hall, the previous successful Pachen Lama reliquary Chappell, etc.
But the most amazing thing about this monastery is that it contains the largest golden covered bronze statue of Maitreya Buddha which is 26.2 meters in height.

The statue sits on a splendid lotus throne in the 'European' posture with its hands in the symbolic teaching pose. A single finger of the giant figure is almost 1,5 meters in length. The statue contains 279 kg of gold and 150,000 kg of copper and brass moulded on a solid wooden frame by Tibetan and Nepalese craftsmen. There are also over 60 other chapels containing precious relics.

This monastery is popular for studies of tantric knowledge which is generally popular study subject in Tibetian buddhist monasteries.

We gave our blessings to Buddha and wished happiness also from this sacred place to everyone.Be Happy!
Om Mani Padme Hum