Lhasa to Tsurphu & Nenang Monasteries—Day Trip
Tsurphu & Nenang Monasteries:
The drive from Lhasa to Tsurphu, which passes through beautiful farmlands and pastures, is about two hours long. Founded in the 12th century by the 1st Karmapa, Tsurphu is the seat of the famous and powerful lineage of the Karmapas. The monastery houses revered relics of the 16th Karmapa who passed away in Chicago in 1981. Today, there are a few hundred monks in residence while the 17th Karmapa lives in exile.
Nenang Monastery is much smaller. It is the seat of the Kagyu Pawo masters. It boasts a large gilded reliquary stupa of the 10th Pawo Rinpoche who passed away in India and, two smaller stupas preserving the relics of the 16th Karmapa and the 5th Pawo Rinpoche.