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Palpung Sherabling Monastery, Bir Billing Overview

The Palpung Sherabling Monastery, located at Keori near Bir, is a religious centre of eastern Tibet that offers Buddhist studies and other forms of living art and culture along with Periodic courses in Buddhist meditation and philosophy.

The monastery is divided into the old structure and new structure. This creates quite a confusion amongst tourists as the two lie at quite a distance from each other. It is one of the branches of Palpung Monastery of Eastern Tibet. Palpung means ‘glorious union of study and practice’. The monastery complex has a school, college and university to learn about the past, present and future of Buddha. More than 1200 monks are in the institute. Apart from Buddhist studies, people can also learn about music, dance, crafts and research on Ayurvedic and Tibetan medicines.  The structures have a modern look to them, yet retains the Tibetan art and influence in every square inch. The monastery houses an enormous stupa of Maitri Budh, the one who is yet to come. One who visits the monastery must, if possible, sit through the prayers, which are performed most grandly with chants and gongs. The Lamas perform the Mahakal Lama dance on certain days. The monastery complex is massive and has 250 monks’ quarters, 3 shrine halls, 6 shrine rooms, 4 retreat centres for monks and nuns, individual cabins for practitioners, museum, dispensary, cafe, canteen that serves traditional dishes, parking space and small shops selling assorted items, including miniatures and flags. The complex sits in the middle of the forest, at the foot of the Himalayas, surrounded by pine trees. Though isolated, owing to its location, the area is well connected to roads.

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Nature Walks & Meditation

The natural beauty of this colourful town with Tibetan influence can be taken in and truly experienced by talking walks around the place. Nature walks commence from the Bir Tibetan Colony to Baijnath via Palpung Sherabling Monastery and takes the tourists from beautiful forests and tea gardens. You will also find a colourful cluster of temples & other monasteries like Tsering Jong Monastery and Drukpa Kagyu Monastery.

History

The present 12th Kenting Tai Situpa established the Palpung Sherabling Monastery after a piece of land, at the foot of the Himalayas was donated, in 1975 by his disciples, who have settled in Bir, Himachal Pradesh. It gradually became his seat in the country. The concept of the monastery structure follows the ancient science of Geomancy.

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