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Ani Tsankhung Nunnery, Lhasa

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Religious Site · Hidden Gem · Architectural Building
Ani Tsankhung Nunnery is a nunnery of the Gelug school of Tibetan Buddhism in the city of Lhasa, Tibet Autonomous Region, China. It was built in the 15th century on a site that had been used for meditation by the 7th century Tibetan king Songtsän Gampo. The nuns support themselves through alms and manufacturing items such as clothing and printed texts.BuildingThe word Ani mean "nun" and "tshamkhang" means a place for spiritual retreat, or hermitage. Ani Tsankhung occupies a yellow building in the Barkhor area of downtown Lhasa. It is southeast of the Jokhang temple, and is the only nunnery in the old city of Lhasa. The building is three stories high. In the main hall there is an image of Chenresig, the multi-armed Bodhisattva of Compassion. Behind this there is a 7th-century meditation chamber that was used by Songtsän Gampo. The nunnery has a collection of thirteen Thangkas from Ming and Qing dynasties depicting Buddhas and Bodhisattvas.HistoryThe 7th century Tibetan king Songtsän Gampo used to meditate at a natural cave in this location, and recited prayers to reduce the danger of flooding by the Lhasa River. Doctor Gewahum meditated here in the 12th century. Kujor Tokden, a close disciple of Tsongkhapa, established the nunnery in the 15th century. The Tibetan Living Buddha Samding Dorje Phagmo began her life as a Buddhist at the monastery. The Lama Pabongkhapa Déchen Nyingpo and Tampa Dhoedrak, throne holder of Ganden Monastery, enlarged the nunnery to its present size early in the 20th century.
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  • This is one of my favourite places in Lhasa. Nunnery is very beautiful with many flowers, and a peaceful atmosphere. I loved watching nuns chanting.  more »
  • The nuns were having breakfast when I popped in, and the nun from whom I bought my ticket had to stop eating to sell it to me. if you are passing pop in, but it's really only one big room you can go....  more »

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