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Kila Goemba

Kila Goemba in Paro stands true to its Sanskrit translation, ‘the spiritual dagger that subdues all negativity’ as it stands very calmly on a sheer dizzy cliff face waiting to eliminate any negative elements coming its way. Located below the Chelela Pass and standing at an altitude of about 3,500m, Kila Goemba is one of the oldest nunneries in Bhutan dating back to the 9th century. The seven small temples are surrounded by several retreat huts that provide the perfect sanctuary to profound Buddhist practitioners who have chosen to live in self imposed isolation. The monastery houses many sacred statues including the ancient statue of Chenresig (Avalokiteshwara). The shy and ever smiling nuns skittering around minding their day to day dharma activities on their journey of renouncement adds to the sanctity of this serene monastery, situated one and a half hours drive from Paro and less than an hour from Haa.

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