Prayer Flags, Lungta, on Hepo Ri by Samye Monastery, Tibet, January 2011 (Photo: Erik Törner, IMs bildarkiv)
Prayer flags on Hepo Ri.
Opposite of Samye Monastery, Tibet's first monastery, lies the hill of Hepo Ri, where Guru Rinpoche vanquished the demons of Tibet. It is filled with prayer flags and great views of Samye and it's Mandala shape.
The Samye Monastery or Samye Gompa is the first Buddhist monastery built in Tibet, was most probably constructed between 775 and 779 CE under the patronage of King Trisong Detsen of Tibet who sought to revitalize Buddhism, which had declined since its introduction by King Songtsen Gampo in the 7th century.
The monastery is located in Dranang, Shannan Prefecture. It was supposedly modeled on the design of Odantapuri monastery in what is now Bihar, India.
Erik Törner is a Tibet analyst from IM who last visited Tibet in January 2011.
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