Drepung monastery near Lhasa in the Tibet


The Drepung monastery near Lhasa in the Tibet autonomous province in China, is one of the most important monasteries of the Gelug school, also known as Yellow Hat sect.

Drepung monastery in TibetOne of the most important leaders of the Gelug school is the Dalai Lama. Tsongkhapa, the founder of the Gelug school never had political ambitions, nevertheless his successors united political and religious power in a hand. Recently the Dalai Lama renounced on his secular leadership. This is the only way to understand why the monks want to stick to the feudalistic system in Tibet. 

Inside Drepung monastery in TibetAs before, the normal population of Tibet is encouraged to give donations to the monasteries. A boy begged us and after we gave him a bill he ran directly to Drepung monastery and donated this again. As you can see in the video, the donation boxes are clearly visible in front of every altar. The reconstruction of monasteries, after its destruction during the Cultural Revolution, is funded by the Chinese government.

On their way to the Himalayas, a European group of climbers used their stay in Lhasa to acclimatize to the altitude

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