Photo shows the Rakadra Monastery. Located in the Chengguan District of Lhasa, it is a monastery of the Gelug Sect of Tibetan Buddhism built on a cliff with a history of more than 600 years. [Photo/China Tibet Online]
Rakadra Monastery, located in the Chengguan District of Lhasa, is a monastery of the Gelug Sect of Tibetan Buddhism built on a cliff with a history of more than 600 years.
It used to be the place where Master Tsongkapa took his secluded spiritual cultivation during the 14th century when the inland China was under the reign of Emperor Yongle (1403-1424), the third emperor of the Ming Dynasty.
It is said that Emperor Yongle used to send four imperial envoys to Lhasa to look for Tsongkapa and invite him to preach in the imperial capital Beijing. Unfortunately, the master was taking his spiritual cultivation in seclusion at the place where today's Rakadra Monastery stands.