Monks at Drepung Monastery

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Monks at Drepung Monastery

Monks of all ages at Drepung Monastery line up to receive blessings, while others sit and wait. Founded in 1416 just west of Lhasa, Drepung was the largest of all Tibetan monasteries and the principal seat of the Gelugpa school. Prior to the establishment of the Potala, it was the residence of the Dalai Lama. Drepung’s excellence in monastic education led to its being called the “Nalanda of Tibet” after the ancient Indian center of Buddhist learning.