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05 July 2010

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The Drepung monastery is one of the three 'gelug' monastery university of Tibet. The two others are Ganden and Sera. Drepung is the oldest monastery in Tibet and the biggest monastery of all religions in the world. It was instituted in 1416 by Jamyang Chöje, an apprentice of Tsongkhapa, the initiator of the gelug school. The monastery is located on the Gambo Utse mountain, five kilometres from the western suburbs of Lhasa. Before the Chinese invasion of Tibet in 1959 there were 15,000 monks in this monastery. Nowadays strict Chinese rules restric the number of monks to only a few hundred. As a result of the Chinese limitations to the freedom of religion in Tibet, the monastery was continued in Karnata, India, for the Tibetan community in exile. In Karnata the monastery hosts around 10,000 monks.