Mandala Chapel at Tholing monastery | Photos of Tibet
Photo of the ruins of the Yeshe-O mandala chapel at Tholing monastery, Guge, Tibet.
Tholing monastery was built by King Yeshe-O in 997 C.E. and became the centre of a renewal of Tibetan Buddhism under the teacher Atisha who came from India.
On contemporary maps, Guge is now known by the Chinese name Zanda.
The Yesho-O chapel is in the shape of a mandala. All the statues and almost all of the wall paintings were destroyed in the 1960's cultural revolution.
You can see outlines on the walls where statues of Buddhas and Bodhisattvas once stood. The central stupa has been demolished but there are intricate decorative carvings that still remain around the base.