Drepung Monastery

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Drepung Monastery (Wyl. ‘bras spungs dgon pa) — one of the three great Gelugpa seats and the largest of Tibet's monasteries. Founded in 1416 by Jamyang Chöjé Tashi Pelden (1379-1449)—a direct disciple of Jé Tsongkhapa, the founder of the Gelug tradition, the monastery was later sub-divided into seven great colleges:

  1. Gomang,
  2. Loseling,
  3. Deyang,
  4. Shagkor,
  5. Gyelwa or Tosamling,
  6. Dulwa, and
  7. Ngagpa.

Before the Chinese invasion, it counted over 7,000 monks.

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