2011-05-24

Taktsang Palphug Monastery - Bhutan


My friend Alexie from Switzerland sent me this postcard with a view of Taktsang Palphug Monastery, a  Himalayan Buddhist sacred site, also known as Paro Taktsang or The Tiger's Nest. This is one of the buildings that makes me wonder how they managed to get there the materials to built it! This Monastery is locatted in the cliffside of the upper Paro valley.


"The monastery buildings consist of four main temples and residential shelters ideally designed by adapting to the rock (granite) ledges, the caves and the rocky terrain. Out of the eight caves, four are comparatively easy to access. The cave where Padmasmabhava first entered, riding the Tiger, is known as 'Tholu Phuk' and the original cave where he resided and did meditation is known as the 'Pel Phuk'. He directed the spiritually enlightened monks to build the monastery here. The monastery is so precariously perched that it is said: "it clings to the side of the mountain like a gecko". In: Wikipedia
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