Shalu Monastery

Shigatse, China

Well-known for its “flying monks” and transcendental chronicles, the Shalu Monastery is located near Shigatse in the Tsang Province of Tibet, China. The Monastery has the magnificent 14th-century murals in the Newari, Chinese, and Mongol styles. Constructed in 1040 A.D., the Monastery is well-known for its scholarly monks who translated Sanskrit Buddhist scriptures. In ancient times, it was also a training center for thumo (invoking inner heat to combat cold weather) and trance walking. The statue of Chenresig Kasrapani is the presiding deity. After praying, the devotees are given holy water from an ancient vase. There is a strange aura of sanctity and power around the Monastery!

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