The Tashi Lhunpo monastery is located in the heart of Shigatse, the second largest city in Tibet. The monastery was founded by the first Dalai lama in year 1447. The name Tashi Lhunpo derived from the Buddhist scripture he was reading. When ever he reach the location where the current location his reading stops on the words Tashi. After consulting to his master the great Tsongkhapa. He was advice to build a monastery at the location call Tashi lunpo which literary means heap of glory. Later it was gifted to Panchen Lama when Dalai Lama moved to Drepung monastery and hence it became the official seat of successive Penchen Lama.
The monastery has three collages and four main chapels;
1) the frist chapel is called Jamkhang chemo and it house a biggest statue bronze and copper alloy statue of Gyalwa Jampa (the future Buddha). The statue is the biggest in China.
2) the second chapel is known Namgyal Lhakang, the chapel is specially for Tsongkhapa.
3) Sisum Namgyal chapel, this chapel house the pagoda tomb of tenth Penchen Lama who has achieve Parinirvana (pass away) in year 1989. The wall murals of Kalachakra mandala and the Buddha paint in gold are amazing to see.
4) the fourth chapel of the Tashi Lhunpo monastery house the pagoda tomb of 4th Penchen Lama. The courtyard below the 4th chapel is use as debate venue and the throne covered in yellow cloth is the seat of Panchen Lama where he use to watch the debates among monks.
During the fourth month of Tibetan calender (know as saga dawa), the monastery will display huge Buddha thanka for three days on the huge white wall behind the monastery. During the display time people from all over Tibet come for the audience of the Thanka.