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Thangka worship activity held in Tashilhunpo Monastery

By Zhi Xinghua Source:China Tibet News 2018-04-10

From July 18 (annually between the 14th and 16th days of the fifth Tibetan lunar month), the Tashilhunpo Monastery in Shigatse City will hold a three-day Thangka worship activity. Tens of thousands of Gelug School Buddhist believers will attend the activity, during which they pray for auspices while worshipping three large-scale Thangkas portraying discrete Buddhas.

Pianduo is a Tibetan coming from Gyangze County, Shigatse City. He lived in his relatives' home so as to take part in the Thangka worship activity. On that day, he and his father and niece sit down at a square facing the Tashilhunpo Monastery because his father's leg was not good.

Gao Yongqing is a tourist who has driven to Tibet for three times. He is impressed by Tibet's unique scenery and customs. On July 17, he arrived in Shigatse City. He was excited to know the Thangka worship activity and attended the activity early in the morning on July 18. Though it rained, believers still queue orderly.

On July 18, a 40-meter-by-38-meter Thangka was held at the Tashilhunpo Monastery, the traditional seat of the Panchen Lama lineage. Tashilhunpo Monastery is one of the six Gelug sects' monasteries of Tibetan Buddhism. On March 4, 1961, it was listed as a national key cultural relic protection unit by the State Council.

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