Tibet Highland Expedition

Northeast Tibet(Amdo)

Labrang Monastery,also known as Labrang Tashikyil,
or simply Labrang Gonpa,was founded in 1710 by the First Jamyang-zhaypa,(1648-1722),in the Amdo province (A-mdo) of northeastern Tibet.It lies 250 kilometers southwest of Lanzhu,and is presently included in southwestern Kansu (Gansu) Province of China,near the border of Chinghai (Qinghai)Province.

It is counted among the six major monasteries of the Gelugpa Tradition.
The First Jamyang-zhaypa,also known as a disciple of the Fifth Dalai Lama,Ngawang-lozang-gyatso (1617-1682),was from Amdo and had studied sutra at Gomang College of Drepung Monastery (Bras-spungs dGon-pa) and tantra at Gyumay Lower Tantric College.He authored the Kunkyen textbooks later used at Gomang,Drepung Deyang College, and Labrang.

When he was Abbot of Gomang, Jamyang-zhaypa was requested by Ganden Erdene Junang, the Mongol King of Kokonor, to return to Amdo where many Mongols lived among the Tibetans. Jamyang-zhaypa accepted, and on the eve of his departure, the Gadong State Oracle prophesied that he would found a monastery in Amdo called Tashikyil. In establishing this monastery,Jamyang-zhaypa adopted the Drepung rules of discipline and chanting style for the main temple, and the Gomang style of debate.

Jamyang-zhaypa himself gave the name Genden-shaydrub Tashi-kunnay-kyilway-ling to his new monastery.The Second Panchen Lama,Losang-yeshey (Pan-chen Blo-bzang ye-shes) (1663-1737),gave it a second name, Ganden Damcho-shaydrub-dargyey-ling. "Labrang" means the residence of a great Lama.The monastery in general became known as Labrang, or Labrang Tashikyil, after the residence of Jamyang-zhaypa.The line of his reincarnations,the Jamyang-zhaypa Rinpoches,have been the traditional heads of the Labrang Monastery.

There has always been a strong connection between Labrang Tashikyil and the Mongols. Many lineages from Labrang, such as that of Kalachakra (Du -khor),spread to the Mongolian monasteries.The Buryat,Kalmyk,and Tuvinian regions of Russia used exclusively the Kunkyen textbooks of Jamyang-zhaypa.Many monasteries in Inner and Outer Mongolia used them as well.In Lhasa,the Mongols mostly studied at Gomang and Gyumay,as did Jamyang-zhaypa.

Northeast Tibet(Amdo) Tour Packages

Tibet Amdo Tour

Tibet Amdo Tour

Labrang Monastery is one of the biggest Gelukpa (Yellow hat sect) and there were more then 4000 monks living today,it has six colleges,The largest is Mayjung Tosamling,fo

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Amdo Labrang Culture Tour

Amdo Labrang Culture Tour

Take the train from Chnegdu or Beijing to Lanzhou and excursion the most sacred place in Amdo which named Labrang County or Xiahe in Chinese,this is a one of the biggest

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Amdo and Lhasa Culture Tour

Amdo and Lhasa Culture Tour

Amdo is home to the 14th Dalai Lama & is also the birth place of Tsongkhapa,the founder of the Gelukpa School of Tibetan Buddhism.Traversing the expansive grasslands of A

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Lhasa to Amdo Overland Tour

Lhasa to Amdo Overland Tour

Fly over the Himalayans and visit the most popular ancient monasteries and palaces then travel overland to Amdo Qinghai (Kokonar Lake & Kubum Monastery ) via Labrang Mona

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Amdo Labrang Via Songpan Tour

Amdo Labrang Via Songpan Tour

This is just 8 days excursion around Amdo Labrang, Lhamosi Monastery and Songpan through Chegdu and in this trip you will visit some of most popular tourist sites with gr

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