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While in Tibet we visited the Sakya monastery. During our vist a former lama was teaching student monks in ancient music. Sakya Monastery, in Tibet Autonomous Region, is the principal monastery of the Sakyapa sect of Tibetan Buddhism and is located in Sakya County, in Shigatse Prefecture, south-west Tibet. Around 160km southwest of Shigatse, the monastery lies on the hillside on the road to Tingri. Several decades before the rise of the monastery at Sakya, a revered Indian teacher, Atisha, passed through the region, and rested at the site where the northern monastery now stands. On that site he had a vision where he saw that great emanations of Avolokiteshvara, Mahakala, Manjushri, and Vajrapani would be born there, and would perform great acts for the good of the Dharma and other beings. After the vision he ordered his attendants to build a small, temporary shrine, and prayed with offerings to the Great Masters of the holy acts that were to come.

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