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Samye Gönpa

Samye Samye Utse, the main temple of Samye
Samye was the first Buddhist monastery built in Tibet, somewhere around 775, at the initiative of Shantaraksita from India. The monastery was built based on the Otantapuri temple in Bihar, in the shape of a mandala, which you can be observed clearly if you climb nearby Mount Hepori. It is said that during construction the monastery collapsed without reason. The Tibetan king Trisong Detsen then invited the tantric master Padmasambhava from Uddiyana (today known as the Swat Valley in Northern Pakistan), who subdued the demons that caused the collapse, and Samye monastery was finished.
The current monastery has been reconstructed according to the original drawings after the Cultural Revolution. Even before that time the buildings have been damaged several times due to wars, fire and an earthquake.
Samye The black stupa at the North-West
Samye Monk's residences in Samye Utse
Samye The bronze bell at the Utse entrance

Mount Hepori

It is a relatively easy climb up the Hepori hill to the east of Samye, from where you have a great view on the Samye complex. It is at this hill that Padmasambhava defeated the demons that prevented the construction of the temple.

Samye Chimpuk

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