Tashilhunpo Monastery Grade A Incense

(1 customer review)


  • CAD: $36.82

A premium Tibetan monastery incense with a full, rich and long-lasting aroma that’s perfectly suited for offerings and meditation practice. This incense is tightly bound and wrapped in paper by the Monastery and is very fragile.

The Monastery was founded in 1447 by the 1st Dalai Lama and is located on the southern slope of the Nyiseri Mountain to the west of Shigatse City. It is the largest monastery of the Gelug Sect in Rear Tibet, and the main stage where generations of Panchen Lamas carried out religious and political activities. The name means “all fortune and happiness gathered here” or “heap of glory”.

28-30 sticks per pkg | 20-22cm x 3mm | Approx. 50g

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1 review for Tashilhunpo Monastery Grade A Incense

  1. Stephen

    I feel like in order to properly explain what this smell is doing to me I need to describe the idea of ‘simulacrum’. Jean Baudrillard coined a term ‘simulacrum’ to describe things that are copies of something that doesn’t actually exist. For instance, go to Disneyworld. It’s a Small World. You ride through and it has things like little blonde-haired white people in wooden shoes dancing under a windmill to show us “Holland” or “Netherlands.” However, I’ve been to the Netherlands and actually traveled most of the entire country, which is about the size of Rhode Island, and nowhere did I see a windmill with wooden shoed white people dancing away under it.

    This incense is interesting because it’s a simulacrum for me. It’s creating some sort of ‘fake memory’ of being in a monastery at 2500 ft and being chilly and cold and having just a fire and this smoke to warm me early in the morning. The smoke keeps me present and the fire keeps me warm as I prepare for a day of meditation. Truth is, this is that musk note I discussed with Brillian Gem, but it’s tucked into a series of scents around wood and spice that make it a cloistered monk that only gives you little glimpses of the monk.

    Something about the smell reminds me a little of a burlap sack. Perhaps the simulacrum smell I’m getting is that I’m also wearing something cheap and burlapy. Regardless, I’m enchanted by this scent and I’m terribly surprised at how good Tibetan incense can get. I’ve been burning the cheap stuff up til now, mostly from the non-Tibetan monasteries formed after the Chinese Invasion just don’t have the same access to ingredients, I believe.

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