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The Sera Monastery (founded in 1419 by Jamchen Chojey of Sakya Yeshe, disciple of Tsongkhapa) is just located at the foot of Tatipu Hill,located 1.25 miles (2.01 km) north of Lhasa and about 5 km (3.1 mi) north of the Jokhang and it is about 6 km to...more
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Suggested duration: 2-3 hours
Wuze Hill , Sera | Chengguan District, Lhasa 850000, China
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I’d read this was a good place to visit but wasn’t too enthused about the approach to the monastery it didn’t seem very appealing, this is not a terrifically scenic place but we arrived in time to see the Monks debating. Monks work in groups...More
When I heard about the learning of mantra, classes the monks attend during the mornings, and practices of debates in the afternoon, I somehow associate Sera Monastery to as the Tibetan training ground of Buddhism monks or Buddhism University.
After 1959 Lhasa revolt, hundreds of...More
Although once housing in excess of 5,000 monks, there are only about 700 monks there now (because of the PRC government). It's not really remarkable (by Tibetan standards) but, when we were there, the monks gathered for their daily 2:00 pm "debate", which is allowed...More
Sera belongs to one of the "great three" monastries of the tibetian Buddhismus. There are now 3000 or more monks living in Sera. During the Week there are Special days where You can visit Lessons of the monks, where they work together or have consultations...More
The monk debates set this monastery apart from others that I visited while in Lhasa. The debate gets crowded with tourists though, and it’s difficult to hear what the monks are saying, however It’s a fun way to spend an afternoon.
Sera monastery is one of three Gelug order monastery. After the flight of Dalai Lama to India, they were recreated in India. I have visited Byrakuppe monastery near Bangalore which is a recreation of Sera monastery and naturally I was motivated by the desire of...More