Durant la révolution culturelle, les gardes rouges se sont acharnés ici sur ce symbole religieux. Cependant, le Grand Temple d'or, construit au XIVe siècle, a été épargné. Les écrits de Buton Rinchen Drup comportant 227 volumes qui étaient conservés à Shalu furent brûlés par les gardes rouges.
↑Lolo Houbein, Tibetan transit, Kangaroo Press, 1999 (ISBN0731808096 et 9780731808090), p. 188« Buton Rinchen Drup himself wrote out 227 volumes of commentaries by hand with a metal pen. Copies were made over the years and any monastery worth its salt would have the complete Kanjur and Tanjur. But the originals and the scholar's pen, kept in Shalu monastery, were burnt by Red Guards during the Cultural Revolution, as were his personal writings. Scholars' hearts and pilgrims' hearts break at hearing this. »