The Treasury of Lives

The Temples of Lhasa, © Andre Alexander

The Jebumgang temple was built at the end of the nineteenth century by the then regent of Tibet, the Ninth Demo Ngawang Lobzang Trinle Rabgye. The name refers to the 100,000 clay mould figures of Je Tsongkhapa that were once contained in a stupa. When the stupa collapsed, Ngawang Lobzang Trinle Rabgye built the temple to contain the 100,000 tsatsa. The Thirteenth Dalai Lama's government entrusted the care of the Jebumgang temple to the Potala's Namgyel Dratsang


Alexander, André. 2005. The Temples of Lhasa: Tibetan Buddhist architecture from the 7th to the 21st centuries. Chicago: Serindia Publications, pp. 259-269.

Larsen, Knud, and Amund Sinding-Larsen. 2001. The Lhasa atlas: traditional Tibetan architecture and townscape. London: Serindia Publications, pp. 72, 144.


Perspective Drawing of Lhasa

This drawing shows Lhasa before 1950 from an elevated perspective. The highly detailed representation shows many major monasteries and landmarks of Lhasa.

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