Cangzhuolin Monastery in Bainang County, Shigatse

Chinese Name: 参卓林寺
English Name:  Cangzhuolin Monastery
Location: Located in Mayi Village of Guadong Town, Bainang County
Admission Fee: Free
Opening Hours: All Day

About Cangzhuolin Monastery in Bainang County, Shigatse

Cangzhuolin Monastery belongs to Gelug Sect of Tibetan Buddhism(藏传佛教格鲁派). It was built in eighth Century by master Bazexi Reqiongnai(巴泽西热琼乃), located in Mayi Village of Guadong Town, Bainang County, 3800 meters above sea level. Cangzhuolin Monastery is the earliest place for translation of Buddhist scriptures. During the Great Cultural Revolution, this monastery was demolished and the site was rebuilt in 1985. It covers an area of 2139.25 square meters. Cangzhuolin Monastery dedicated to Shakya Muni(释迦牟尼), Zongkeba three masters and disciples(宗喀巴师徒三尊) and Dumu(度母). There are 108 cultural relics were collected in this monastery, including a ceramic Buddha statue of Keqi in 700 years ago and a skull of dakini Sesaquzhen(空行母色萨曲珍) in 500 years ago. The skull has three Tibetan word “ah(阿)” and “Re(热)” and “da(达)”, as well as a image of Dumu. In 2010, the monastery was listed as Bainang county cultural relics protection units, then being applied to the Tibet autonomous region cultural relics protection units. Up to 2012, there are 50 monks in total. Cangzhuolin Monastery held annually two major Buddhist tradition: the Tibetan new year and Gayi Dancing Day. During these activities, thousands of people come here to worship.

Attraction Transportation: 

Cangzhuolin Monastery is located in Mayi Village of Guadong Town, Bainang County, 16 kilometers away from Bainang County seat. The advanced traffic system provides visitors convenient ways to travel. Visitors can take long-distance bus or choose self-driving.

Attraction Tips: 
• Traveling Hours: 2 hours
• Traveling Seasons: All seasons
• High Altitude Sickness Avoiding: Bring enough water or drinks, fruits and snacks with high caloric content
• Bring a good, broad spectrum sunscreen with a high SPF factor and a high SPF lip sunscreen to protect your lips too. 
• Never climb or sit on Buddhist statues or stupas.
• Avoid touching the head of monks or nuns and show respect to a nun or monk or spiritual teacher.
• Remove your shoes and your hat when entering a shrine room or monastery.