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The Kumbum @ Palcho Monastery



The majestic Kumbum, the largest such structure in Tibet, situated in Palcho Monastery @ Gyantse County, Shigatse Prefecture, Tibet Autonomous Region of China.


A Kumbum (Tibetan: "One hundred thousand holy images") is a multi-storied aggregate of Buddhist chapels in Tibet. The Kumbum or great gomang (many-doored) chorten at Gyantse is a three dimensional mandala, meant to portray the Buddhist cosmos. The Kumbum, like other mandalas, which are portrayed by a circle within a square, enables the devotee to take part in the Buddhist perception of the universe and can depict one's potential as they move through it. Mandalas are meant to aid an individual on the path to enlightenment. The Kumbum holds a vast number of images of deities throughout its structure with Vajradhara, the cosmic Buddha, at the top.


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Taken on March 29, 2012