The Treasury of Lives

Tabo is an important monastery located in the Spiti Valley of Northern India. It is considered the oldest continuously operating Buddhist enclave in India and the Himalaya, having been founded in 996. Lha Lama Yeshe O is said to have sponsored the building of the monastery, and Rinchen Zangpo is said to have conceived of the idea. During the tenth and eleventh centuries, Tibetan monks and Indian scholars translated vast amounts of Buddhist texts at Tabo. The site is home to significant works of Buddhist art. Currently, it operates as a Geluk institution, housing monks and nuns, as well offering a school for young children.


Klimburg-Salter, Deborah E., and Christian. Luczanits. 1999. Tabo : A Lamp for the Kingdom : Early-Indo-Tibetan Buddhist Art in the Western Himalaya. New York, N.Y: Thames and Hudson.


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