Sakya Monastery located on the foot of Benbo Mountain, Sakya County, Shigatse, Tibet, China. It is a Tibetan Buddhist Sakya monastery and is the main Monastery of the Sakya. "Sakya" is a Tibetan-language translation that means gray soil. In 1073, a descendant of a Tibetan noble family discovered an auspicious land on the south hillside of Benbo Mountain. So, he contributed capital to build Sakya Monastery, and then gradually formed the Sakya sect. The wall of Sakya Monastery is painted with red, white and cyan colors, which respectively symbolizing Manjusri Bodhisattva, Avalokitesvara and Vajrapani Bodhisattva. Therefore, Sakya is also commonly referred as the "Flower Religion".
Sakya Monastery has over 3,000 elegant murals featured in religion, history, culture and social life, and the topic majority in Buddhist text, doctrine, legend tale, history storie, landscape, flower, auspicious beast and decorate pattern.
Every year, Sakya Monastery will host a series of dharma assemblies, the majorities are: Rain Praying Day in the 5th Tibetan month; Grand Dharma Assembly in summer and winter, with religious dancing performance. In the religious dancing performance, the dancers are wearing Dharma Protector and auspicious beast masks. The dancing uses simple stories to express the Dharma eliminating monsters. During the summer and winter Dharma Assemblies, the monks and believers will arrive Sakya Monastery for praying.
Sakya Monastery (Shigatse)
Location: Sakya County, Shigatse, Tibet
Suggested Duration: 2 hours