This is from a series of films by Global Television shot all over world, giving well photographed introductions to various places, of which we will be focusing on the ones of interest to Buddhists.
The films are quite light introductions to their subjects, mainly good photography, well chosen soundtracks, and a reasonable, but sometimes inaccurate, narration giving a cultural and historical introduction to its subject.
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A look at another of Tibet’s famous gonbas, or monasteries, this one is situated 60km east of Lhasa, and was a major Gelug monastery before the annexation of Tibet by China.
We see how the monastery was partially destroyed during the invasion and cultural revolution, and how the Tibetans are gradually rebuilding the monastery and it is once more a functioning pilgrimage centre.
The main attraction is the throne and resting place of Je Tsongkhapa, who also is credited with the founding of the monastery in the 15th century. The monastery is inhabited again, but with a much reduced number of monastics.
to see a set of stills click on the screenshot below
to see an album of stills click here
Culture, Monasteries, Tibet, Vajrayana