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Chupzang Nunnery (Chupzang Gönchu bzang dgon)
by José Ignacio Cabezón
April 19, 2006

Location and Layout

The main temple at ChupzangChu bzang.

The phrase chu bzangchu bzang means “good waters,” indicating that this was probably the site of a spring in former times. Chupzang Nunnery is located in the foothills of the northern section of the suburb of NyangdrenNyang bran, directly north of LhasaLha sa and northwest of SeraSe ra. It takes about forty minutes to walk from SeraSe ra to ChupzangChu bzang. The hermitage (ritröri khrod) faces south in the direction of LhasaLha sa.

The site can be divided into three major areas:

The two temple complexes are located just below the stūpa field. These are:

The interior of the main temple.

[1] We have some idea of the images that existed in this temple early in its history. Bshes gnyen tshul khrims, Lha sa’i dgon tho rin chen spungs rgyan [A Catalogue of the Monasteries of Lhasa: A Heap of Jewels; hereafter Lhasé GöntoLha sa’i dgon tho] (Bod ljongs mi dmangs dpe skrun khang, 2001), 74-75 , cites Desi Sanggyé GyatsoSde srid sangs rgyas rgya mtsho’s (1653-1705) Bai ḍūrya ser po concerning the religious images found in the main temple at the end of the seventeenth century:
  • The Buddha
  • The Medicine Buddha (MenlaSman bla)
  • Avalokiteśvara
  • The Fifth Dalai Lama (Dalai Lama Kutreng NgapaDa lai bla ma sku phreng lnga pa, 1617-1682)
In the Chapel of Deathlessness (Chimé Lhakhang’Chi med lha khang), there were statues of the Nine Deities [related to] Amitāyus (Tsepakmé LhaguTshe dpag med lha dgu). There was also a Tārā Chapel (Drölma LhakhangSgrol ma lha khang).
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Chupzang Nunnery , by José Ignacio Cabezón

Table of Contents

  1. Location and Layout
  2. History
  3. Glossary
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