The Treasury of Lives

Lamayuru, a Drigung Kagyu monastery in Ladakh, is one of the region's oldest and largest monasteries. It may have been preexisted by a Bon monastery. According to Drigung history, the scholar Naropa caused a lake to dry up at the site, which was then turned into a monastery. Rinchen Zangpo, who is credited with founding 108 monasteries in the region, is also considered the founder of the oldest structure at Lamayuru. Famous for masked-dance festivals, it is currently home to around 150 monks.


Rizvi, Janet. 1996. Ladakh: Crossroads of High Asia. Delhi: Oxford University Press, pp. 249-250.


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