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VISIT THE GREAT SONGZANLIN MONASTERY

VISIT THE GREAT SONGZANLIN MONASTERY

607? Niwang Rd, Xian de Shangri-La, Préfecture autonome tibétaine de Dêqên, Yunnan, République populaire de Chine, 674400

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The monastery Songzanlin or as it is affectionately called "Little Potala" is a spiritual place that invites you to discover the mystery and traditions of Tibetan Buddhism. Since the fifth Dalai Lama chose the site through divination in 1679, the monastery has grown into the largest community in Yunnan. Built in the style of the Potala Palace in Lhasa, Tibet, the beautiful resort is located on a hill and consists of lamaseries Zhacang Jikang and in the form of Tibetan watchtowers of five floors. 146 stairs to the main prayer hall is a tiring exercise at 3300 meters, but it allows you to trace mentally the pilgrimage route that generations of Buddhists living on the board shall each year (in lap). On the way, you'll come across study rooms where young monks are trained in the Scriptures and the foundations of the monastic life. The main hall in the center is the highlight of the visit, especially during prayer time in the morning or during the holidays suitable where devotees come from all over the province to take part in the festivities. The hall itself can accommodate about 1,600 lamas sitting in meditation. As Songzanlin is affiliated with Gelugpa or Yellow Hat Sect of Tibetan Buddhism, which is the order of both the Dalai Lama and the Panchen Lama, the references to the history and philosophy of the sect are found throughout the lamasery. Among the many treasures of the monastery are the rare Buddhist scriptures written on palm leaves, which were used by the previous Panchen Lama and Lamas, and the eight famous sculptures covered with gold Sakyamuni, the Indian prince who, 5th century BC and founded Buddhism is popularly known as the "Sage of the Shakya clan".

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