Labrang Monastery

January 19, 2012
Xiahe Attractions

Labrang Monastery is home to the largest number of monks outside of Tibet Autonomous Region, and one of the six famous Tibetan Buddhism monasteries of the Yellow Hat institure of Tibetan Buddhasm.
Labrang was founded in 1709 and was the last of 6 great Tibetan monasteries to be built. Today it has around 1800 monks. It is located at the foot of Phoenix Mountain. Labrang meaning in Tibetan language is “place where the Buddhist Palace stands”.
It is also great place to see different Buddhist status, murals, and sutras. It is also combination of temples, institutes and accommodations. It has 500 bedrooms accommodation for monks to live, 18 halls, 6 Buddhist institutes for learning which offers Esoteric Buddhism, medicine and astrology. The monastery holds over 60,000 Tibetan sutras and thousands of rare Buddhist relics.  It has over 300 years of history.
Labrang Monastery holds seven large scales summon ceremonies each year. Among which the summons ceremony first of lunar month and Buddhist doctrine explaining ritual in the seventh lunar month are the biggest ones.