Sherabling Monastery or Palpung Monastery in Himachal Pradesh
Sherabling Monastery alias Palpung Monastery is Buddhist Monastery situated near Bir in Himachal Pradesh state of India. Palpung Monastery was founded by the 8th Kenting Tai Situpa, Chokyi Jugne, in 1727.
Image taken during the visit of His Holiness the Dalai Lama to Sherabling Monastery in March 2015. Image Courtesy – Central Tibetan Administration website.
Palpung Monastery is the seat of study for Buddhists and a place for practice of monk-hood. Surrounded by pine forests, the monastery gives any visitor an unparalleled sense of peace.
The lineage of the Kenting Tai situpas, the heads of Sherabling Monastery, is traced to Bodhisattva Maitreya, main disciple of Goutama Buddha. The Monastery is currently headed by the twelfth Kenting Tai Situpa, Pema Donyo Nyingche Wangpo.
The Sherabling Monastery has one of India’s largest indoor Maitreya Buddha statue, having a height of 42 feet or 12.8 meters. The entrance of the Monastery has some of the best Thangka paintings, a form of Buddhist paintings on cotton or silk.
The Monastery is also called Palpung Monastery, as it was originally established in 1727 at Palpung, a city in Tibet. The Monastery was established at its current site in 1975. Sherabling Monastery is located not far from Baijnath Temple, one of the Twelve Jyotirlingas.
How Do I Go to Sherabling Monastery?
Sherabling Monastery is accessible from Bir city, famous for paragliding. There are bus services from major cites of Himachal Pradesh and Also from New Delhi to Baijnath, a town at around 30 kilometers distance from Bir town.