A Peaceful Visit, Ganden Sumtseling Monastery


A peaceful experience warms the heart and fills the soul. Who would have thought that I would ever be where I am in my life’s journey? After many years of just getting thru the day, after the death of my son, I finally have peace in my heart. I have seen and experienced so many things in the last couple of years, but one of the most peaceful experiences came when I visited the Sumtseling Monastery in China.


Songzanlin Monastery in Shangri-la China

At an altitude of nearly 11,000 feet, and housing close to 700 monks and lamas, the Monastery is a buddhist temple in Shangri-la China. It was chosen by the 5th Dalai Lama through divination in 1679. This Monastery was also given the nickname “Little Potala Palace” due to its unique cultural  layout, and because it resembles the Palace in Lhasa.During our visit, we were able to discover some of the Tibetan Buddhism traditions.

Upon arrival, I realized just how incredibly majestic this Monastery really is. As is everywhere in China, you come to expect a sea of stairs to climb to get to where you want to go…the top! And with the high altitude and steep set of stairs, it was a slow, breath taking (literally) ascent for some.

The top, where we wanted to go, is where the main scripture hall is located, which is in the center of the compound. The hall can hold up to 1600 lamas. While we were there, llamas gathered in the hall chanting a long, deep chant that went on for hours. It was so peaceful listening to the chants while the smell of incense lingered in the air, while gazing out over the Monastery at the mountaintops across the lake.


Monk donned in his red robe climbing the stairs


We stopped along the way to peak in doorways and crevices, seeing the monks living quarters on either side of the stairs. Monks were scurrying about, cleaning, offering blessings, studying and chanting, all donned in their red robes.

I received some beads with a blessing of “peace and happiness” to me and to all who hold the beads. I would like to share this

blessing of Peace in Happiness

blessing of Peace in Happiness

blessing with you. I have disassembled the beads

Chinese character wine charms; second from the left is a TIbetan bead blessed by the Monk

Chinese character wine charms; second from the left is a Tibetan bead blessed by the Monk

and made them into wine glass charms. If you are interested in a special Tibetan Monk blessing, message me and I will give you the details.

Wishing you all peace in your hearts and a blessed, happy life.


About cessley

I am a bereaved parent. I write to give hope to other bereaved parents who are fresh in their grief. I want them to know life begins again. It (life) is forever changed, as are you, but one day, you will smile again. You may travel, you will make new friends, your heart will mend, though never heal and it will be a painful ride. It is one step at a time....sometimes, even one breath to the next is all we can seem to live through each day. But each day will be a new beginning, a different beginning, a different you. I have two surviving children: Amy, who is married to Brandon, and they have one daughter, Avery, and one son, Dylan. and Eric who is a doctor and is Clifton's twin brother. Clifton passed away when he was nearly two years old. As any bereaved parent knows, it is tough, REALLY tough trying to live after the death of a child. I lived in Shanghai, China for three years after the death of my son, and then lived in Beijing for two years. I am discovering life again, one step at a time. I returned to Oklahoma in February , 2020 due to the uncertainty of the virus. Little did I know the uncertainty would follow me across the ocean. This is nothing compared to the death of a child. I will survive! View all posts by cessley

2 responses to “A Peaceful Visit, Ganden Sumtseling Monastery

  • Kelli Pate

    Hi honey! It’s Kelli Pate! I would love to have one or even two of the beads. I can not tell how much I have enjoyed it blog. It has really helped me in more ways then I can say. Love you so my dear!

    • cessley

      Kelli!!!! i always love to hear from you..Please tell me what is happening with you? Where are you living now? I wonder how I can get the beads to you. OF course, right now they are in China. I have a friend visiting soon, so i could send a few back. do you just want a few beads or the wine charms? let me hear from you!!

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