Dongzhulin Monastery | 东竹林寺
Dongzhulin Monastery sits overlooking the beautiful Jinsha River Gorge (Yangtze). Dongzhulin, though not as famous as Songzanlin, is more popular with the local Tibetans. It has several “living” Buddhas and each year the Mask Dancing Ceremony attracts thousands of followers. It was built in 1667, before Sumtseling monastery, and at one time housed treasures which rivaled Potala Palace, inlcuding gilded Maitreya, statue of White Drolma, Buddhas of Three Worlds, the ruler of the hell, Manjusri, 18 Arhats statues and Tangkar scroll paintings depicting Buddhist stories. Unfortunately it was badly damaged during the Cultural Revolution and the current structure was restored in 1987.
Previously, it was named “Chong-Chong-Gang Monastery” that means a monastery by a crane lake. Originally, It was a Kagyupa tradition monastery, however, it was converted to Gelupa and merged in 1667 with other 7 small monasteries, and finally becoming Dongzhulin Monastery. In the late Qing Dynasty, there had been over 700 lamas and 10 Living Buddhas in this monastery.
The Assembly Hall of Dongzhulin Monastery is designed in earth and wooden structure with 4 floors and 82 thick pillars. On the first floor, Tsongkhapa and his two disciples named Damarenqing and Kezhujie are enshrined. Some other enshrined Buddhism deities on the same floor are Sakyamuni, Avalokitecvara (Goddess of Mercy), Bhodisattva Manjusri, Bhodisattva Samantabhadra and Drolma. The chanting hall, Buddhist chapels and chambers for Buddhist imams are settled on the 2nd and 3rd floors. Among of those, the most impressive statues are the statue of Qingba Buddha (Maitreya) and the statue of Juewolakang (Sakyamuni). It also houses a huge Tangkar, which is 8.5 meters long and 5.2 meters wide, and is mostly unfolded on the Gedong Festival in December according to Tibetan calendar.
On the east Slop of Nan-Yong-Gan-Ding, Shu-Song village, Ben-zi-lan county 奔子栏乡，书松村，南永干顶东坡上
3,000 meters above sea level
RMB 30.00 per person
How to get there
Usually, the first step is to take flights or land transportation to arrive in Shangri La city, the capital town of Diqing Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture, from which there are about more than 15 buses leave for or passing through Benzilan county where Dongzhulin Monastery is about 23 kilometers away from.
There is no direct public bus to this monastery from Benzilan, so you will have to use local minibus which usuaolly charges RMB 30.00 per person one way
Di Qing Airport Facts
Address: No. 1, Shen-Ying Road, Shangri La city
IATA Code: DIG
Altitude: 3,280 meters above sea level
Contact: +86 887 822 9916
Shangri La city Bus Station
Address: Xiangbala Avenue | 香巴拉大道
Phone: +86 887 822-3501
Altitude: 3,080 meters above sea level
Working hours: 06:00 am – 19:00 pm