The Treasury of Lives

Drak Yerpa, a complex of ancient caves located east of Lhasa in Taktse County, is said to have been an important site in pre-Buddhist times and later was a meditation site for Buddhist figures such as Songtsen Gampo, Padmasambhava, Atisha, and many others. Legend states that Langdarma's assassin, Lhalung Pelgyi Dorje, hid and meditated in the caves of Drak Yerpa for over two decades. In the eleventh century, a Kadam monastery called Yerpa Drubde was founded at the site. It was later brought under Geluk control. It was badly damaged during the cultural revolution and since has been partially restored. 


Akester, Matthew. 2016. Jamyang Khyentse Wangpo's Guide to Central Tibet. Chicago, IL: Serindia Publications, pp. 132-139.

Gyurme Dorje. 2009. Tibet Handbook. Bath: Footprint, pp. 169-170.

Dowman, Keith. 1988. The Power-Places of Central Tibet: The Pilgrim's Guide. London: Routledge, p. 73.


The Demoness of Tibet

The Demoness of Tibet is a close copy of a well-known image located in the Tibet Museum in Lhasa. The landscape of Tibet is shown as the mythical demoness of Tibetan legend. Important Buddhist temples and monasteries are located across her body, spanning from the Ngari region in the west to Kham in the east. 


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