Tsurphu monastery | 楚布寺
Tsurphu monastery 楚布寺 is one of the many monastic institutions established in Central Tibet in the 11thand 12th centuries. It was founded as a meditational retreat in 1187 by Dusum Kyenpa, a lama from Kham who received his teachings from a disciple of the hermit ascetic Milarepa.
Dusum Kyenpa is regarded as the first Karmapa with a lineage of Truku that continues to this day. During the next five centuries Tsurphu monastery grew into a religious center.
Like most of Tibet’s largest monasteries, it was drawn into the political arena, leading to its destruction by Mongol armies in 1642 during a lengthy war between rivaling noble families in U and Tsang provinces (currently the east Tibet of Kham and Amdo). Tsurphu monastery slowly rebuilt and restored its status as an important Kargyupa center when nearly a thousand monks were in residence. This monastery was tragically destroyed in 1966 during the Cultural Revolution and began rebuilding in 1980 by the 16th Karmapa.
Address & Contact
Upper stream of Tsurphu River, Tui-Long-De-qing county | 拉萨市堆龙德庆县西北楚布河上游
Contact : +86 891 667-4780
09:00am – 14:00pm
RMB 40.00 per person
4,300 meters above sea level
How to get there
One round trip bus get to Tsurphu monastery from Lhasa city
- Start station: Bus stop is in the alley 200 meters from the west side of Jokhang temple | 大昭寺西侧花园南行200米胡同内
- Ticket rate: RMB 15.00 per ticket
- Departure: in between 07:00 – 08:00, departures when the vehicle is full
- Return: at 15:00pm
Summer Puja : The 10th day on the 4th Month of Tibetan Canlendar
Winter Puja : The 29th day on the 12th Month of Tibetan Canlendar