Tsurphu Monastery is the principal monastery of the Karma Kaygu lineage of Kagyu sect of Tibetan Buddhism. Tsurphu monastery is located in Tholung Dechen Zong. The monastery can be reach by taking a detour on the way to Namtso or travelers can have one day for the day tour to tsurphu monastery.
History of Tsurphu Monastery
Tsurphu monastery was founded by the first Karmapa Dusum Khenpa in year 1149. Initially he visit the place and built a small house where he meditated for some time, Then he went back to Kham and found a monastery there. Later at the age of eighty he came back to Tholung and founded this monastery. then the monastery has be turned into the official residence of the successive Karmapas.
During the time of second Karmapa, there was the expansion of the monastery. He build the main assemble hall and Dritsang khang camra.
The main relics of Tsurphu monastery are the 13 huge statue of Buddhas, which took three years to make it. In the statue of main Buddha in the assemble hall there are many relics of many master of Kadampa; there is a relic of first Karmapa Dusum Khenpa, Nyam Gapo Lhaje’s heart, toung and eyes, Arahat Nyima Gongpa’s teeth, the begging bowl and walking stick of Milarepa, and relics and items belongs to lots of other great masters.
According to Monastery history, After the crafts men complete making the statue of Buddha in the main assemble hall the head of the statue is turned little towards left. beside making all the effort by the crafts men to unturned the head, there were all helpless. later the great yogic Patsh rang blow air for three times and it did the trick to unturned the head of the statue. Which is why locals consider the statue as very blessed. Great Yogic Patsh Rang bless the statue and called it a Palber Zangling Gen chick. Then he build the statue of Avalokitesvara and the five Buddhas, who will help sentence being during the bardo stage after death. in the tomb pagoda of first and second Karmapa there is a heart, tough and eyes of them.
In year 1407 the Karmapa was invited to Nanjing by then emperor of China. During each and every preaching and religious ceremony, there has a lots magical phenomenon. All those experience are recorded by the artist of emperor and each and every occurrence were draw and wrote a letters in five different languages and present to Karmapa.
Tsurphu Monastery has a history of over eight hundred years as being a seat of Karmapa. In later 1990s there has been a massive renovation undertaken by current Karmapa. This might make some part of the monastery looks like a newly constructed.
Tourist Guide to Tsurphu Monatery
While you are visiting the Tsurphu monastery, please try to look at the different finger marks of different Karmapa and look for the meditation caves of Karmapa above the monastery. If you are visiting the Tibet in the holy month of Saga Dawa, Tsurphu Monastery is must to visit to see the monks Cham Dance and the raising to prayer flag pole. during that time they will also display Thankha on the hill opposite to the Tsurphu monastery.
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