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INSIDE THE TENGBOCHE MONASTERY: A JEWEL OF EVEREST AND THE SHERPA CULTURE

Tengboche is a virgin and spiritual land of devotees that is located in the Khumbu valley of eastern Nepal.

Tengboche is a virgin and spiritual land of devotees that is located in the Khumbu valley of eastern Nepal. The place is so sincere that its non-violent cause that none of the animals are ever murdered here.

Overview

Tengboche Monastery ( Thyangboche or Dawa Choling Gompa ) is a Tibetan-Buddhist monastery built by Lama Gulu with the help of the Sherpa inhabitants of the greater Khumbu valley. Located in the village of Khumjung at 3,867 m (12,687 ft), it is the highest monastery in the world and the largest in the entire region.

The monastery falls under the Sagarmatha National Park , declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO , therefore, the protection and maintenance of this historic hotel is also underway by the trust of the park together with other interested parties.

Thyangboche must be one of the most beautiful places in the world. The height is over 12,000 feet, which provides a platform beyond the comparison of the best mountain landscapes I have seen in my life, whether in the Himalayas or elsewhere.

~ John Hunt (British Everest Expedition, 1953)

History

The main entrance to the monastery is guarded by the statues of the mythical lions

Built by Lama Gulu (Chatang Chotar) in 1916 with the blessing of Ngawang Tenzin Norbu , who pays homage to Lama Sangwa Dorje , a great divine Buddhist being.

Tengboche monastery is the first monastery of celibacy under the Nyingma lineage of Vajrayana Buddhism . A convent of nuns called Debuche Monjas (Ani) was also established in the vicinity, administered by the monastery of Tengboche, as Vajrayana Buddhism does not discriminate between the sexes and promotes divine teaching.

1 1939 Earthquake

The monastery was severely destroyed by the earthquake of 1939, which not only makes the Tengboche but the entire nation. Many of his ancient relics, writing and sculptures were destroyed or lost. The monks and the local community, with the support of a skilled carpenter from Lhasa, restored the monastery.

2 The Crisis of 1989

The monastery was engulfed in massive fire in January 1989 due to an electrical short circuit causing devastation of almost the entire property, along with old artifacts and records. Passersby rescued some books and paintings. Since then, it has been completely rebuilt.

The renovation of the property has been carried out under Tengboche Monastery Development Project , Sir Edmund Hillary and Himalayan Trust and American Himalayan Heritage Foundation , together with occasional donations from hikers and other sources.

Everest Trek

Trekkers During Everest Base Camp

Tengboche village falls on the way to the Base Camp of Everest, the most popular hiking trail in the world. Staying in the village and spending time exploring the cultural and historical riches of the region, as well as the monastery can be offered with interesting resources about the greater Sherpa culture and Vajrayana Buddhism.

Mani Rimdu is the most important local festival held in the region during October and November, once considered the best for hiking, thus allowing hikers the chance to observe the first event hand in hand.

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