Sakya Monastery - Tibet
Sakya Monastery - Tibet

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. 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. The northern part of the monastery was founded as the seat of the Sakya sect in 1073 by KhonKhonchongGyalpo, a Nyingmapa monk from the rich and powerful Tsang family. When traveling through the region, he came across the small shrine, and requested permission from the local inhabitants to build a monastery on the site of the shrine. Set on the hill on the north side of the Zhongquriver, the monastery was created on a grand scale, with many different buildings, sacred statues and scriptures. It later included a stupa that contained the holy relics of KhonKhonchongGyalpo.



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MAR 03, 1999
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