Powo Samling

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Powo Samling, courtesy of Treasury of lives

Powo Samling aka Powo Dashying Tashi Gön Tashi Chöding monastery (Tib. སྤོ་བོ་མདའ་ཞིང་དགོན་བཀྲ་ཤིས་ཆོས་ལྡིང་གླིང་, Wyl. spo bo mda‘ zhing dgon bkra shis chos lding) is a Geluk monastery in Powo.


Powo Samling was established in the 15th century by Lopön Sönam Rinchen (Wyl. slob dpon bsod nams rin chen) from Ngari in western Tibet.[1]


Powo Samling is a Gelukpa monastery located in upper Powo, above the northern shore of Lake Yiong Tso (aka Yi’ong Tso), on the banks of the Yiong Tsangpo. Its main temple featured statues of Tsongkhapa and his two main disciples as the centrepiece.[2][3]


At times, the monastery housed between 90 and 60 monks.

Main Practices

The main practices held were those of the Geluk tradition.

Main Incarnation Lines

The main incarnation line is the Lingtrul (Wyl. gling sprul).


  1. Phurbu rdo rje (1988), sPo bo lo rgyus, [History of Powo] Lhasa: Bod ljongs mi dmangs dpe skrun khang.
  2. It is located between 94° and 95° width and 30° height on map of East Tibet, Gecko Maps, A. Rohweder, Switzerland.
  3. Emeric Yeshe Dorje, The History of the Düdjom Tersar, forthcoming.

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