The literal meaning of Labrang is "the lamas dwelling." The monastery was constructed in 1814 and follows the principles of the "Nyingmapa School of Tibetan Buddhism." The monastery was constructed in honor of Latsun Chembo of KongPu in Tibet as he was the one who introduced Buddhist schools to Sikkim. The monastery is very close to the Phadong Monastery, which was constructed in the 18th century by Chogyal Gyurmed Namgyal, one hundred years earlier. The archives reveal that a prince installed a precious bronze statue of Karma Guru, in wrathful form; it's installed in the shrine, on first floor of the monastery. A major renovation was done in 1978 with government aid. The walls are adorned with incredible life like frescoes of Buddhist legends, and it's structure is built up with typical Sikkimese architecture of "Rinchhen Surgye" and the eight pointed diamond symbolizes the indestructible uniqueness, of the only monastery of its kind, in Sikkim. The Monastery still functions during all the major Buddhist festivals. Recently, the government of Sikkim reinforced the old structure with steel columns to check further damages. Returning from our trip from the north, Mo came upon this dog on the monastery steps. I thought wow, this composition was a beautiful tribute to the efforts over the last months to help the street dogs of Sikkim and to her kind soul, ever consoling this dog, as she looked on with tenderness and caring........Available as 8 x 11 or 11 x 17 b & w or color photo or watercolor print on Hahnemuhle Museum Etching Fine Art Inkjet Paper, and each photograph or print is personally approved and hand-signed by me, the artist.