Why is the Nechung Monastery special?
Nechung Monastery has an important place in Tibetan history as the seat of Nechung, the state Oracle of Tibet. It’s located just below Drepung Monastery, four miles west of Lhasa.
Nechung Monastery Highlights
Nechung Monastery lies a couple of minutes' walk down the hill from Drepung Monastery and is worth visiting. It's much the smallest and most personal of these monasteries easily accessible from Lhasa, and is the least visited, and therefore the most peaceful.
Established in 1973 by the Venerable Nechung Rinpoche, Nechung Dorje Drayang Ling is a center for the dissemination of the Buddhist teachings. This is a place for great masters to teach and for students to practice teachings through contemplation and meditation.
Also, it is the only monastery where one may take photos freely. Historically its importance is that until 1959 it was the monastery of the State Oracle. For this reason the imagery painted on the walls is more than usually fierce and bloody (flayed human skins and souls in torment).
The Nechung Monks perform various ceremonies for all living beings in general and particularly for the longevity of the Dalai Lama and the well being of the Tibetan Government.
Authentic Tibetan music
If you want authentic Tibetan music, not just chants but Tibetans horns, this is the one to get, recorded in the city where the Dalai Lama lives. If you can listen to the whole CD all the way through, it'll create a great meditative affect.