DORJE SHUGDEN CHAPEL (Lhasa, Tibet) – built by The Dalai Lama

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In the 17th Century, the Fifth Dalai Lama had Trode Khangsar built in dedication to the Protector Dorje Shugden.
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inside was also commissioned by the 5th Dalai Lama. By the end of the 17th Century, the Fifth Dalai Lama’s Regent Desi Sangye Gyatso entrusted Trode Khangsar to Riwo Choling, a Gelug Monastery.

Today it is in full use and located behind the main Chapel of Jowo Buddha or central Cathedral of Lhasa just off the
main circumambulation circuit or barkor.

Many pilgrims visit and monks are available daily performing
pujas/ceremonies to Dorje Shugden daily. It is open to tourists.

This chapel is over 350 years old in the heart of Lhasa

Dorje Shugden Chapel is 8 mins walk from Jokhang

More information on Trode Khangsar can be found in this book, page 195-199. It is available on

Book Details

  • Hardcover: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Serindia Publications; illustrated edition edition (November 15, 2005)
  • Language: English

(from the front flap of this book) The Temples of Lhasa is a comprehensive survey of historic Buddhist sites in the
Tibetan capital of Lhasa. The study is based on the Tibet Heritage Fund’s official five-year architectural conservation
project in Tibet during which the author and his team had unlimited access to the buildings studied. The documented
sites span the entire known history of Tibetan Buddhist art and architecture from the 7th to the 21st centuries.

The book is divided into thirteen chapters, covering all the major and minor temples in historic Lhasa. These include
some of Tibet’s oldest and most revered sites, such as the Lhasa Tsuklakhang and Ramoche, as well as lesser-known
but highly important sites such as the Jebumgang Lhakhang, Meru Dratsang, and Meru Nyingpa. It is illustrated with
numerous color plates taken over a period of roughly fifteen years from the mid-1980s to today and is augmented with
rare photographs and reproductions of Tibetan paintings. This book also provides detailed architectural drawings and
maps made by the project. Each site has been completely surveyed documented and analyzed. The history of each site
has been written — often for the first time — based on source texts and survey results, as well as up-to-date technology
such as carbon dating, dendrochronology, and satellite data. Tibetan source texts and oral accounts have also been
used to reconstruct the original design of the sites. Matthew Akester has contributed translations of Tibetan source
texts, including excerpts from the writings of the Fifth and Thirteenth Dalai Lamas.

This documentation of Tibetan Buddhist temple buildings is the most detailed of its kind, and is the first professional
study of some of Tibet’s most significant religious buildings. The comparative analysis of Tibetan Buddhist
architecture covers thirteen centuries of architectural history in Tibet.


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