Drepung Monastery, on the slope of the Wuze Hill in Genbei five kilometers
northwest of Lhasa, is the largest monastery of Gelugpa in Tibetan Buddhism
in the world. It has more than 10,000 monks in total and possessed 141
fazendas and 540 pastures in its heyday.
Monastery, covering an area of 250,000 square meters, was founded in 1416
by a disciple of Tsong Khapa, who became the first Kampo there. It was
the very place that the second, third, and the fourth Dalai Lama held
the Sitting-in-Bed Ceremony and later enlarged by the Fifth Dalai Lama.
of the Drepung Monastery is organized on the caves and temples for Jamyang
Qoigyi, together with two magnificent white pagodas. The major buildings
are Ganden Potrang, Coqen Hall, the four Zhacangs (or Tantric colleges),
houses plenty of historical and cultural relics and Buddhist classics.
Statues of Manjushri Bodhisattva, and Sitatapatra found on the first storey
of the Coqen Hall, rare sutras on the second storey and Jamyang Qoigyi's
conch shell given by Tsong Khapa on the third one. The most important
event of the Shoton Festival - Giant Buddha Show is held in the monastery.