Petit Futé's opinion on LAMAYURU GOMPA
Yung Drung Tharpa Ling, now called Soberly Shakyamuni, is one of the most spectacular monasteries in Ladakh. In equilibrium on gigantic rocks, he seems to defy gravity. From the top of it, the view on the valley is absolutely grandiose.
Dating back to the th century, it is the oldest shakyamuni in the region. It houses a community of about 200 monks from the Drigung-pa current. The monastery was formerly known as the Ling Ling ("place of freedom") because, a long time ago, bandits were entitled to asylum. At the entrance to the monastery there are large chörtens, dating from the same period as those of Alchi, and from mills to prayer. The Dukhang, a more recent structure, was built around the cave where Meditated, a great Tibetan master, in the th century. The cave, visible through a cavity in the rock, contains statues of Naropa, Marpa and Milarepa. The monastery gradually expanded over time and new structures were built around the central courtyard. Inside the enclosure you can admire collections of carpets and thangkas, as well as many murals. Attending one of the daily puja is an incredible time (usually early in the morning, around 7 pm, and at the end of the day at 18 pm).
You can see the ruins of the old houses of the monks under the monastery. If you want to approach, take care where you put your feet, the floor is fragile. The current houses of the monks are located before the entrance of the shakyamuni and form a kind of small village organized around a small monastery.
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