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Garma Monastery

Garma Monastery

It is also called Garma Dainsa and Garma Lhading monastery. Built in 1185 at the foot of Baixishan Mountain in Chamdo County,

Garma Monastery

it belonged to the Garma Gagyu Sect (founded by Garmapa Duisong Qenba, disciple of Dapo Lhagyi, in 1147). The sect took the lead in adopting the Living Buddha reincarnation system. In the 13th century, the sect won honorific red and black hats from the Ming Dynasty emperor, resulting in it thereafter being called the Black Hat Sect and the Red Hat Sect. The monastery features a combination of Chinese, Tibetan and Naxi architectural styles. For example, it boasts upturned eaves in the shape of lions?paws (designed by Tibetan artisans), which are flanked by eaves in the shape of the beard of dragons (designed by Chinese artisans) on the left and eaves in the shape of an elephant trunk (designed by Naxi artisans). Its cultural relics include a 17-meter-high clay sculpture of Maitreya and frescoes telling the story of Chinese envoys visiting the monastery. The monastery also has a hall containing no pillars, which enshrines a tooth of the second-generation Master Garma Gaxi.


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