Sera Monastery in Lhasa, Tibet

China > Tibet > Lhasa

02 October 2010
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After a hearty biryani lunch (yes, they make decent biryanis, thanks to influence from the Nepal side), I head for another monastery of the ‘Yellow Hat’ sect – Sera Monastery – just north of Lhasa.
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Oh no, not another mountainside monastery!
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Well, phew! Not the one above, but a monastery complex just up the shady lane. Sera was founded in 1419 by a student of the founder of the Yellow Hats. It’s one of the top 3 monasteries in Tibet.
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I’m tempted to have another spin or two or three …
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The unique thing about Sera is the method of discussing theological doctrines among the monks.
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It involves expressive gestures as the disciples argues with their teachers, especially loud clappings. To prove a point, perhaps?
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A family of four lapping up the cultural feast.
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A senior monk with his three disciples.
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He’s clapping again, so point taken!
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The clapping and the gesturing and the bodily postures happen all over the courtyard.
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Nice white lens. Go Canon Go!
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Across the courtyard, the assembly hall where lectures take place.
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A common sight: elderly pilgrims being led by a daughter, maybe.
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Suddenly the monastery yak appears, and I decide to say bye-bye to Sera Monastery.
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NOTE: Read about Sera here: http://en.wikipedia…./Sera_Monastery

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