Tibet Lhasa Samye Monastery

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Tibet Lhasa Samye Monastery
Samye (Tibetan: བསམ་ཡས་,Chinese: 桑耶寺) was the first gompa (Buddhist monastery) built in Tibet. It was probably first constructed between 775-9 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 in Dranang, Lhoka. It was supposedly modeled on the design of Odantapuri in what is now Bihar, India.

The 18th century Puning Temple built by the Qianlong Emperor of Qing China in Chengde, Hebei was modeled after Samye.

According to tradition, the Indian monk Śāntarakṣita made the first attempt to construct the monastery while promoting his sutra-centric version of Buddhism. Finding the Samye site auspicious, he set about to build a structure there. However, the building would always collapse after reaching a certain stage. Terrified, the construction workers believed that there was a demon or obstructive tulku in a nearby river making trouble.

When Shantarakshita’s contemporary Padmasambhava arrived from northern India, he was able to subdue the energetic problems obstructing the building of Samye. According to the 5th Dalai Lama, Padmasambhava performed the Vajrakilaya dance and enacted the rite of namkha to assist Trisong Detsen and Śāntarakṣita clear away obscurations and hindrances in the building of Samye:

The great religious master Padmasambhava performed this dance in order to prepare the ground for the Samye Monastery and to pacify the malice of the lha [local mountain god spirits] and srin [malevolent spirits] in order to create the most perfect conditions.” He went on to say that after Padmasambhava consecrated the ground he erected a thread-cross — a web colored thread woven around two sticks — to catch evil. Then the purifying energy of his dance forced the malevolent spirits into a skull mounted on top of a pyramid of dough. His tantric dance cleared away all the obstacles, enabling the monastery to be built in 767. The dance was memorialized by the construction of Vajrakilaya stupas — monuments honoring the ritual kilya (purba) daggers — at the cardinal points of the monastery, where they would prevent demonic forces from entering the sacred grounds.)

The abovementioned quotation makes reference to the relationship of the kīla to the stupa and mentions torma and namkha. Moreover, the building of Samye marked the foundation of the original school of Tibetan Buddhism, the Nyingma. This helps explain how Padmasambhava’s Tantra-centric version of Buddhism gained ascendence over the sutra-based teaching of Śāntarakṣita.

Pearlman succinctly charts the origin of the institution of the Nechung Oracle:

When Padmasambhava consecrated Samye Monastery with the Vajrakilaya dance, he tamed the local spirit protector, Pehar Gyalpo, and bound him by oath to become the head of the entire hierarchy of Buddhist protective spirits. Pehar, later known as Dorje Drakden, became the principal protector of the Dalai Lamas, manifesting through the Nechung Oracle.

The original buildings have long disappeared. They have been badly damaged several times — by civil war in the 11th century, fires in the mid 17th century and in 1826, an earthquake in 1816, and in the 20th century, particularly during the Cultural Revolution. As late as the late 1980s pigs and other farm animals were allowed to wander through the sacred buildings. Each time it has been rebuilt, and today, largely due to the efforts of Choekyi Gyaltsen, 10th Panchen Lama from 1986 onward, it is again an active monastery and important pilgrimage and tourist destination.

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5-day Tibet Lhasa Samye Monastery Tour

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5-day Tibet Lhasa Samye Monastery TourThis tour covers all the three world heritage sites like The Potala palace, Jokhang Temple and Barkhor street. You can visit the Dalai lama’s summer palace and stroll in the old alleys of Barkhor street where you can enjoy the sweet tea and chat with locals or bargain with the street vendors to understand the real life in Lhasa. Besides, Never miss the chane to explore the dramatic Monks debate on the Buddhist doctrines in the Sera monastery.

At a Glance 5-day Tibet Lhasa Samye Monastery Tour

Tibet Tour Content
Day 1. Arrive in Lhasa
Day 2 Lhasa Tour – Potala Palace, Johkang Temple, and Barkhor Street (B)
Day 3 Lhasa Tour – Drepung and Sera Monastery (B)
Day 4 Lhasa/Samye Monastery/Lhasa (B)
Day 5 Departure from Lhasa(B)

5-day Tibet Lhasa Samye Monastery Tour

5-day Tibet Lhasa Samye Monastery Tour

Tour Number Price
Jan. to Mar. 550 USD/Per
Apr. to Jun. 600 USD/Per
Jul. to Aug. 670 USD/Per
Sept. to Oct. 670 USD/Per
Nov. to Dec. 550 USD/Per
Tour Feature:
1.Suitable for the travelers who with limited time or tight budget.
2.Covers the highlights of Lhasa city and surroundings,allow you to feel the beating of spiritual heart of Tibet.
3.Guided by experienced Tibetan local guide,no hidden cost ,forced shopping and tourist traps,ensure your authentic travelling experience in Tibet.
4.Small group which is less than 12 participants,not the big coach tour.

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Price Inclusions:

  • Tibet travel permit and all other necessary permits to Tibet;
  • All entrance ticket fees for all tourist sites listed in the itinerary;
  • Meals as specified in the itinerary;
  • Local tour Transfers, 5-29 seats comfortable Tourist Vehicle according to Group Size.;
  • Knowledgeable English-speaking Tibetan local tour guide shared in your group;
  • Comfortable Hotel Accommodations;
  • Service Charge & Government Taxes;
  • The above tour price does not include single room supplement. If you are a solo traveler, you need to share one room with another tourist (same sex in most cases); if you prefer to stay in one room by yourself, you will have to pay the single room supplement. And the exact price depends on market fluctuation in high and off season of Tibet tour. For the exact price, please refer to your travel consultant.
  • Arrangements include planning, handling, operational and communication charges.
  • Welcome Dinner in local restaurant when group members meet in Lhasa
  • Free Airport shuttle transfer between Lhasa Gongar airport and Hotel on designated time.
  • Group tours only include a welcome dinner after your arrival in Tibet.
  • Tibet Handy Map
  • Drinking water Provided during the trip
  • One shared big Oxygen tank in the car;
  • Tourist accident/casualty insurance;

Price Exclusions:

  • International flight to and out of China;
  • Domestic flight/train to and out of Lhasa. (We can provide you the domestic flight/train ticket booking service at the BEST discount price, please contact us our travel experts for the details.)
  • Lunches and dinners are not included, please pay on site by yourself.; usually it costs about USD3-15 per person for one meal in TAR (Tibet Autonomous Region).
  • Tips to tour guide and driver, you are suggested to tip them 7 USD/day in total.;
  • Personal expenses, like laundry, phone call, snacks, soft drinks (please do the best to avoid the alcoholic beverages during your Tibet trip), optional tour activities, etc.

Airport|railway limousine service

The fee of limousine service has been covered. however, airport service is only available for the following period of time; railway station serivice is always free.

Pick-up from airport: 1.Around 12:30,pick up the clients who arrive before 12:00.
2.Around 16:00, pick up the clients who arrive before 15:40.
Drop-off to airport: 1.Around 07:30,depart from hotel to airport.
Aound 11:00,depert from hotel to airport
if: the airport limousine service is needed in other time,or the flight is delayed and miss the pick-up time,extra 400rmb.
Notice: : The vehicle will only leave until all guests, who arrive during the above period of time get on. There may be about one-hour’s waiting time. We extend our sincere apology for the inconvenience. In the meantime, you are strongly advised to book your ticket in accordance with our limousine.
5-day Tibet Lhasa Samye Monastery Tour
Day 1: Lhasa Arrival by plane or by train

You are warmly welcome to Tibet by saying Tashi Delek at the Train station/airport by our professional employee and send you to reserved hotel in Lhasa. Then have a good rest to acclimatize the high altitude in the afternoon.

Accommdation: :at Lhasa YAK Hotel(or other similar Hotel )
Meal :N/A

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tibet tour package

Day 2: Lhasa Sightseeing: Potala Palace/ Jokhang Temple/Barkhor Street(B.D)

Highlights of the day:Potala Palace/ Jokhang Temple/Barkhor Street .

Morning section to visit the famous Potala palace and explore the grandest of this myriad chapels. Afternoon we will visit the holist temple in Tibet, the Johkang Temple, and at Barkor Kora,which is the most famous Kora in Tibet,we can buy Tibentan traditional or religious things.
Things to know:
1.To better protect the 1300 years old palace, the daily tourists flow is limited to 4000 visitors,we will reserve the tickets in advance,and guaranteed the visit to Potala Palace,but the sightseeing order may subject to change according to the actural situation.
2.The stairs of Potala Palace is pretty steep,ascend slowly,no rush.
3.No lighter,liquid allowed in Potala Palace.

Accommdation: :at Lhasa YAK Hotel
Meal :Breakfirst
Hotel:YAK Hotel (or other similar Hotel )

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tibet tour package

Day 3: Lhasa Sightseeing: Drepung Monastery/ Sera Monastery (B)

Highlights:Drepung Monastery/ Sera Monastery

Today, we will visit two important monasteries in Lhasa, the Drepung and the Sera.If we are very lucky,we may even come acrossSera Monastery’s Monks debiting which was held in the courtyard at around 3;00-5:30 in the afternoon.

Accommdation: :at Lhasa YAK Hotel
Meal :Breakfirst

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lhasa tour

Day 4: Lhasa/Samye Monastery/Lhasa (B)

Highlights:Samye Monastery (more info)

Today, you will have a 290km driving along the Yarlung Tsang (Brahmaputra river), the Sand Mountain, the high mountain meadow, and the wide rivers accompany you as you are heading towards Samye Monastery, the Samye Monastery is the Tibet first Buddhist monastery, built in 8 century and the first monastery to have the three Buddhist jewels of Buddha, Dharma and Sangha. With these unique features, this splendid temple has become an attraction for visitors both at home and abroad.


Accommdation: :at Lhasa YAK Hotel
Meal :Breakfirst

Day 5: Lhasa-Your next destination

Today is the time to say good bye and depart to your next destination.We will arrange airport or train station drop-off .Thank you again for choosing our service.Bon voyage!
Accommdation: :N/A
Meal :Breakfirst

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