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The Gyume

The Gyume or Lower Tantric College, located on the opposite side of the Kirey Hotel in East Beijing Road, is situated as a sister college to the Upper Tantric College. It is easy to miss shi working temple; look for an imposing entrance set back from the road. It is a surprisingly impressive place and little visited by foreigners.


Guymey  was found in 1434 as one of Tibet's foremost Tantric training colleges. In Lhasa, its importance was second only to the monasteries of Sera and Drepung. More than 500 monks were once in residence, and students of the college underwent a physically and intellectually gruelling course of study. The main dukhang (assembly hall) has statues of Tsongkhapa, the 13th Dalai Lama and Sakyamuni. Look for the monks' alms bowls encased in crafted leather, hanging from the pillars. Behind are huge statues of Tsongkhapa and his two main disciples, and next door is a fearsome statue of Dorje Jigje. The 2nd-and 3rd-floor chapels are sometimes open.


Adress: 15# Beijing Donglu


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