The Shalu Monastery is about 30 kilometers away from Shigatse, Tibet, and is located on the side of the highway from Shigatse to Gyangze. According to the history, the Shalu Monastery was built in 1087 AD. By 1320 AD, the monastery invited Buton Master to preside over the affairs. Since then, the Shalu School of Tibetan Buddhist was established. By the time of 1333 AD, Buton Master rebuilt the monastery.
The Shalu Monastery contains a large number of historical relics such as murals, Buddhist statues, Buddhist texts, Thangka and talismans. Among them, there are four famous treasures of Shalu Monastery:
The first is the "sutra board": 108 pieces of small wood board were used to form a square, and each piece of wood board was engraved with a script. When believers went to worship, they all hoped to receive a script of "disaster relief and blessing" printed with the sutra board.
The second is the "holy water in brass urn": A large brass urn with diameter of 2000px is set in the southeast corner of the Great Hall. It is said that this urn will change the holy water contained every twelve years. The people get the "holy water" in this urn will have auspicious life.
The third is the "stone tablet of Mantra": In the legend, the tablet was unearthed when digging the foundation for the monastery and was written six characters of Mantra. So, the tablet is known as a nature Mantra stone. Now it is buried as the foundation of Shalu Monastery.
The fourth is the "stone basin": Be put in front of the Main Hall, the basin is said to be used by the builder of Shalu Monastery. It's amazing that the rain doesn't spill after it's full.
Shalu Monastery (Shigatse)
Location: Southeast of Shigatse, Tibet
Suggested Duration: 1 hour