Kumbum Jampaling or Kumbum Monastery (Ch: Ta’er si) lies 25km southwest of Xining, the capital city of Qinghai Province. Kumbum was founded in 1560 to commemorate the birthplace of Tsongkapa by Renchen Tsondru Gyaltsen. The Monastery is built around the sandal wood tree which marks the actual birthplace of Tsongkhapa, where Tsongkapa’s mother built a More »