Famous Buddha Monasteries in Nepal

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Buddhist Monasticism is one of the primitive existing forms of systematic monasteries in the history of religion. It is also regarded as one of the most ultimate associations of Buddhism. Monks and nuns are reflected to be accountable for the protection, maintenance and circulation of the Lord Gautam Buddha’s philosophy and the guidelines of Buddhist to untrained individuals. Here are the famous Buddha Monasteries in Nepal which are mentioned below:

Bouddhanath Monastery:
Bouddhanath Monastery is the Nepal’s biggest monastery situated in the Kathmandu which was built in 5th century is listed in world heritage site list by UNESCO. Bouddhanath Stupa is one of Nepal’s most divine locations for the Buddhist which is a crucial pilgrimage and meditation center. The ambience of the entire domicile lightens up with enthusiasm as cologne of incense drifts through the air. After Chinese invasion in 1959, Tibetans in thousands came to this famous Buddhist Chaitya and energized the Stupa. Every year the Tibetan New Year or the most famous festive Lhosar is celebrated in Bouddhanath every February. There are at least 29 Tibetan Gompas (Monasteries & Nunneries) around Boudhanath.

Kopan Monastery:
Kopan the Tibetan Buddhist monastery which is well located at the top of Kopan Hill is a booming monastery and home to 360 monks and nuns from Tibet and Nepal and is a religious sanctuary for visitors from around the world. It is taken over by a bravura Bodhi tree, which is said to be once the home of the astrologer to the king of Nepal. Kopan provides the flawless atmosphere for analysis and meditation for students, casual visitors, and retreaters. The Kopan Monastery also provides the witness to panoramic view of the town of Boudha below and the spectacular Himalayan mountain range. More than hundreds of visitors come to visit here yearly from around the world.

Swoyambhunath Monastery:
Swayambhunath Monastery is mythical Buddhist temple that is located on a prominence of the Kathmandu valley which is considered as one of the ancient Monastery in the world which is also known as the Monkey Temple. The word Swayambhunath signifies “the self-existent” in English. Swayambhunath was originated by the great-grandfather of King Manadeva at the beginning of the 5th century. The main gateway has 365 stone steps which need to be climbed before you reach the temple surroundings. Swayambhunath Monastery is embraced with Buddha eyes observing across the valley which is an iconic symbol. This Swayambhunath monastery provides an opportunity to study the religious harmony.  It is the most ancient and enigmatic of all the holy shrines in Kathmandu Valley.

Namobuddha Monastery:
Namo Buddha has a very gorgeous Buddhist monastery Thrangu Tashi Yangtse which is situated at east of Kathmandu. The monastery is constructed by Thrangu Rinpoche as demonstration of the three trail which are beautiful, elegant and filled with symbolic meaning as relevant to this holy Buddhist pilgrimage place. Namo Buddha is one of the most important pilgrim sites in the valley, particularly for Tibetan Buddhists. Thrangu Tashi Yangtse Monastery has divisions of study and practice and are plotted onto this supreme pilgrimage site. In the center is the main temple building, which is six stories high with another added by the curved golden roof in the Indian style. Counting from the ground up, the principal temple hall is located on the fourth floor. It has thirty-six pillars, each of which preserves a golden plated bronze Buddha at the top. In the front of the hall are statues of the Seven Generations of Buddhas which are made in Bangkok. Fifteen mandalas from the great tantras adorn the ceiling. Hidden behind the main shrine is a special sanctuary, and outside in the front of the building is a wide veranda. These all represent the characteristics of a great temple hall as described in the Vinaya.

Lumbini Monastery:
Lumbini which is the birth place of Lord Buddha and is one of the most famous divinest excursion places in the world. It is also listed in UNESCO World Heritage Site. It embraces quite a lot of aides-memoires of Lord Buddha and is bestowed by beautiful landscapes and is the ultimate pilgrimage site for Buddhist which manifests the one off interpretation of Buddhism of its home nation and together the monasteries create a fascinating map of world Buddhist philosophy. Attractive part of Lumbini is the temple of Maya Devi. This temple, dedicated to the mother of lord Buddha- Maya Devi, was excavated a few years ago. The main attraction of Lumbini remains the Sacred Mayadevi Temple, Ashoka Pillar, sacred pond, China Temple etc. The shrines and monasteries built by different countries and in different times reflect the architectural traditions of the respective countries, and thus giving Lumbini an international feel with a message of universal friendship and brotherhood. The main monastery are:

Korean MonasteryTibetan Buddhist Monastery: This classic Tibetan-style gompa was built in 2001 by Buddhists from Singapore and Nepal. The mural work inside is quite refined and a gigantic stupa under construction next door appears almost finished.

Gautami Num’s Temple: Gautami Num’s Temple is the only monastery in the compound built for female worshippers.

Zhong Hua Chinese Buddhist Monastery: This elegant monastery is one of the most impressive structures at Lumbini. Reached through a gateway flanked by Confucian deities, the elegant pagoda-style monastery looks like something from the Forbidden City.

Royal Thai Buddhist Monastery

Seto Gumba (White Buddhists Monastery):

Seto Gumba or White Budhhist Monastery also Druk Amitabh Mountain is a Buddhist monastery in Nepal which is located at Ramkot VDC of Kathmandu District. Seto Gumba is a paradise to observe the sunrise and sunset, mixture of colors and rich culture that display the valley in the most spectacular way. Endorsed with a rich Tibetan culture and architecture, it blends into intense glowing colors in the murals, statue and paintings professing Buddhism and its techniques. The visitors can get sentimental in the charisma of exploring and observing the precise surroundings that mingles in its presence. One can hear the Winds blowing like a loud music and witness the scenic views and panoramic existence makes you think of what life and you will lose time in absence. The smell, sounds and prayer flags that spread around the message of peace, patience, and calmness. The more interesting are the visuals that overlook the valley in a synchronizing way of contouring the old cultural heritage with the increasing encroachment of the concrete jungle.

Peace Gumba:

Pokhara Shanti Stupa or a Peace pagoda is a Buddhist shrine located at a hilltop in Ananda hill which was constructed by Nipponzan-Myōhōji monk Morioka Sonin with the help of local peoples under the guidance of Nichidatsu Fujii, a Buddhist monk and the founder of Nipponzan-Myōhōji.

This pagoda is constructed as a symbol of peace.
It is situated at height of 1100 meters.

One can see pokhara valley plainly.

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