Aryapalo Ling


The restored Aryapalo Ling was Samye’s first building and retains a lovely ancient feel. The statue of Arya Lokeshvara is similar to one seen in the Potala Palace. A small door allows pilgrims to inch around the base of the protector Tamdrin. There's a sacred tree in the courtyard, a birdsong-filled space that epitomises the tranquility of Samye.

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