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Mindroling Monastery: Serene place for meditation

07-25-2011 16:56 BJT Special Report:This is Tibet |

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Tibetan Buddhism is known for having various different sects associated with its practice.

With religion and politics so closely tied together throughout Tibetan history, religious sects such as Gelug, Sakyapa,and the Bkav Brgyud pa have all been closely related to the ruling class. But the Rnying ma pa, or the red sect, stands out for its aversion to the world of politics.

Located in a peaceful mountain village, Mindroling Monastery is an serene environment for religious cultivation and discipline.

Deep in the snow-covered mountains and behind a white tower, welcome to the Mindroling Monastery. Located in a peaceful mountain village, the monastery is an serene environment for religious cultivation and discipline.

Historically, Mindroling Monastery was a center for Tibetan studies. The first Tibetan Sanskrit records was compiled here in the 18th century.

Xire Weise, a monk in Mindroling Monastery, said, "Mindroling monastery is a comprehensive institute for high learning. It has trained numerous respectable scholars and monks. The master interpreter and sutra chanter in the Potola Palace used to be assigned by our monastery. We are particularly known for the study of Tibetan medicine, language, religion, astronomy and the calendar."

Located in a peaceful mountain village, Mindroling Monastery
is an serene environment for religious cultivation and
discipline.

31-year-old Xire Weise has dedicated over ten years to Tibetan studies. He is now an expert on the Tibetan calendar and Tibetan medicine. As a full-time teacher in the monastery, he also works as a doctor in the monastery's clinic, offering free medical care to local villagers.

The Tibetan calendar has a history of over one thousand years. And for over three hundred years, the calendar has been calculated by Mindroling's monks.

The calendar can not only track the movement of the sun, the moon and stars, it's said that it can also predict the weather and earthquakes based on astronomy.

Xire Weise, a monk in Mindroling Monastery, said, "Here in the calendar, it records whether there will be an earthquake, solar eclipse or lunar eclipse."

Located in a peaceful mountain village, Mindroling Monastery is an serene environment for religious cultivation and discipline.

The Mindroling Monastery is also the place where Tibetan incense first originated. It's said that the it was invented by a Mindroling monk three centuries ago. The ingredients have been a secret ever since.

Ingredients for Tibetan incense include dozens of traditional Tibetan medicines. The production process is complex, strict, and arduous.

Another monk in Mindroling Monastery, said, "There are different procedures for different ingredients. Some need to be milled in the water. It takes two men half a month to mill half a kilo of these ingredients. Sometimes we need millstones. If we use machines, the fragrance is not as good. We have to do it by hand."

To the Mindroling monks, incense forms a link between the earthly mortal world and the kingdom of heaven.

And its distinctive fragrance has filled the air above the snowy plateau for hundreds of years.

Located in a peaceful mountain village, Mindroling Monastery is an serene environment for religious cultivation and discipline.

Located in a peaceful mountain village, Mindroling Monastery is an serene environment for religious cultivation and discipline.

Located in a peaceful mountain village, Mindroling
Monastery is an serene environment for religious
cultivation and discipline.

Editor:Zhang Dan |Source: CNTV.CN

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