The Treasury of Lives

Katsel, located in Meldro Gungkar county just outside of Lhasa, was founded in the seventh century by Songtsen Gampo as a district controlling temple intended to supress the mythic supine demoness who personifies the Tibetan landscape. The monastery became associated with the Drigung Kagyu school and contains the relics of Drigung Rinchen Puntsok.


Gyurme Dorje. 2004. Tibet Handbook. Bath: Footprint, pp. 154-155.


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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