Tsurpu monastery was found by the first karmapa Dusum Kyenpo in 1189 when he was 80 years old. He was one of the students of Gampopa, the main disciple of Milarepa. Tsurpu is located about 80Kms in the hills north-west of Lhasa and is the mother monastery of Karma Kagyu school of Tibetan Buddhism.
Originally the 41st king of Tibet Tri Relpachen used to stay here in the ninth century and there is a historic stone pillar which marks the place. Starting from the time of Dusum Kyenpa, this monastery was expanded gradually and it became an important learning and meditation center. There is a main assembly hall and many other chapels with statues of different Buddhas. Boddhisattvas and Dharma protectors. You can also see various religious relics of successive Karmapas.
The monastery suffered great destruction during the Cultural Revolution just like other monasteries, but since the open door policy it was rebuilt and today it is also one of the most important pilgrimage sites in Central Tibet.