While returning from Billing, on the way we stopped at Palpung Sherabling Monastery.
It was founded in 1975 and is the seat of 12th Kenting Tai Situpa’s disciples from Derge and Nangchen region who live in Bir.
The monastery viewed from a distance
There is a provision for 250 monks’ quarters (but over 500 monks live here). There is a very big Buddha’s statue and a school for monks.
The main hall. Walls of the monastery.
A student needs to stay for at least 7 years committing 15 hours a day to study, debate, and learn wholeheartedly to join the Shedra. Only one day of the week, Thursday is allowed as an off. Students join this monastery as early as 5 years of age.
A young student having a good time running.
A bit of a history of the place –
Palpung Monastery (“glorious union of study and practice”) is a congregation of monasteries and centers of the Tai Situpa lineage of the Kagyu school of Tibetan Buddhism as well as the name of the Tai Situ’s monastic seat in Derge, Kham.
It originated in the 12th century and wielded considerable religious and political influence over the centuries. In 1727, King Denba Tsering founded the current monastery. It represents the seat of four lines of lamas like Tai Situpa, Jamgon Kongtrul and the Second Beru Khyentse.
It is a beautiful monastery and it offers the traditional Kagyu three-year retreat for both monks and nuns on the compound.
It is an absolute must visit to see students learning Buddhism and various martial arts including dance moves.