Tibetan Zhiyun Monastery China

Tibetan Zhiyun Monastery China

Zhiyun Tibetan Monastery China

Built in 1727, situated about 17km from Lijiang, Yunnan Province, China.  It differs from the traditional Tibetan architecture as the carvings and designs taken from Naxi Han and Bai people.

I visited this monastery  with a tour guide arriving early morning in time to watch the young monks chanting and playing traditional music. Unfortunately we were not allowed to take photographs inside . The ages of the monks were between six and seventeen, it is a great honor for a male member of a Tibetan family to become a monk.

Stupa’s may represent the five purified elements

  • The square base represents earth
  • The hemispherical dome/vase represents water
  • The conical spire represents fire
  • The upper lotus parasol and the crescent moon represents air
  • The sun and the dissolving point represents the element of space

This was the highlight of my China trip, it was a very spiritual and moving experience.

Tibetan Zhiyun Monastery China

Tibetan Zhiyun Monastery China

Tibetan Zhiyun Monastery China

Prayer Wheel – The concept of the prayer wheel is a physical manifestation of the phrase “turning the wheel of Dharma,” which describes the way in which the Buddha taught.

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Tibetan Zhiyun Monastery China

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  3. bettyl - NZ

    What fantastic paintwork that is so bright and inviting! I admire those who dedicate their lives to a cause but I can’t help but wonder if the young ones miss a ‘normal’ childhood.

  4. Michele {Malaysian Meanders}

    I would not have guessed that this stupa was at a Tibetan monastery, so thank you for explaining why it differs from the standard architecture. I find all the symbolism very interesting. The rest of the photos look more Tibetan to me, especially that prayer whee.

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