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(Tib., 'dras-spung).

One of the three great Gelukpa monasteries of central Tibet.located to the west of Lhasa and constructed in 1416 by Jamyang Chörje Trashi Palden ('jam-dbyangs chos-rje bkra-shis dpal-ldan). The combined religious and secular government of the Gelukpa school was established initially at the Ganden Palace in this monastery during the lifetime of Dalai Lama V and later achieved religio-political domination of the whole of Tibet. At its peak it housed some 20,000 monks. It was largely destroyed in the Cultural Revolution but has since been partly rebuilt.

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