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The Drepung monastery , Drepung Monastery , China
Drepung Monastery

The monastery is located some six miles west of Lhasa, and is still inhabited by several hundred monks.

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The Drepung monastery China
By Amy Adejokun Amy Adejokun Section editor

Discover The Drepung monastery

The Drepung monastery, some six miles west of Lhasa, still has several hundred monks. Despite considerable destruction, the place continues to be interesting due to its tantric school, a gigantic statue of Buddha carved into the rock, and impressive kitchens, where the monks' meals are prepared.

The Drepung monastery

The Drepung monastery , Monastic life in Drepung , China
Monastic life in Drepung

The Drepung Monastery is one of the main monasteries in Tibet, along with those of Ganden and Sera.

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The Drepung monastery , Ganden Podang, Drepung , China
Ganden Podang, Drepung

Ganden Podang in the Drepung Monastery was the residence of the Dalai Lama until the 17th century.

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The Drepung monastery , Drepung, Tibet , China
Drepung, Tibet

The Drepung Monastery is called the 'rice heap' because it consists of a chaotic group of white buildings.

The Drepung monastery , The Drepung Monastery , China
The Drepung Monastery

Along with the monasteries of Ganden and Sera, the school of Drepung offered the highest level of education in Tibetan Buddhism philosophy and theology.

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The Drepung monastery , The treasures of Drepung , China
The treasures of Drepung

The Drepung Monastery held many treasures before it was destroyed by the Chinese.

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