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Drakri Hermitage

Drakri Hermitage
Monastery information
Location Lhasa Prefecture, Tibet, China
Type Tibetan Buddhist
Colleges Part of Sera Monastery

Drakri Hermitage is an historic hermitage in Tibet, belonging to Sera Monastery. It is located about 3 kilometres (1.9 mi) northeast of Lhasa, on a mountainside.

Structure

The hermitage grounds consists of five sections:

  • Main temple compound, renovated around a courtyard and comprising:
    • Temple
    • Kitchen
    • Monks' living quarters
  • Terraced complex: Formerly stables and living quarters, now in ruins
  • Building foundations: Formerly monks' living quarters, also in ruins
  • Stable for dzo (a yakcow hybrid)
  • Huts: Nuns' living quarters

History

While the hermitage (whose name derives from brag ri, meaning "crag" or "gorge") is believed to have been founded during the 18th century, little documentation of its early history exists. In 1959, the monks were evicted and Drakri converted into a prison with a reputation for severity.[1] With the expansion of other prisons in Lhasa, Drakri was eventually abandoned.

During the 1980s a representative of a rival sect to that of the original owners (headed by the Bari Lama) began restoration work on the hermitage to convert it to a Nyingma practice center. In response to objections raised by a representative of the previous owner (who was, however, unable to renovate the estate himself), the Nyingma devotee has asserted that he is renovating the hermitage in stewardship rather than ownership.[1]

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