Tibet

Visit of Sera monastery

Important monastery in the north of Lhas

Petr Liška
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Visit of Sera monastery
Inserted: 21.02.2014
Author: Petr Liška © gigaplaces.com

Sera Monastery (3 700 m asl) is one of the three most important Gelupka university /Buddhist school/ monasteries in Tibet and it is also just a few kilometers from the center of Lhasa, so it is frequent destination of circuit trips around the country. The monastery is relatively very large (400 × 500 meters) and there are a lot of monks. In addition, from there you can set out for semi-illegal hike to the mountains above the monastery.

Great Assembly Hall

At the northern end of the monastery complex is the most important building – the Great Assembly Hall. It is interesting both from outside and inside.

Great Assembly Hall
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Renovated monastery

Great part of the monastery is now in very good condition – virtually the whole is renovated. You can find here also quiet places and corners thanks to its size.

Renovated monastery
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The monastery or university?

Around six thousand monks used to live in the monastery in its heyday. The monks studied Buddhist philosophy practically all their lifetime.

The monastery or university?
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Monastic debates

You will see dozens of monks sitting here in the shade of trees and debating.

Monastic debates
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The residential part of the monastery

The residential part of the monastery looks like a small town.

The residential part of the monastery
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The interior of monastery Sera

Wooden decorations are traditionally beautifully colored.

The interior of monastery Sera
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Above the monastery

Even if you did not plan to go to the mountains above the monastery, walk at least a few tens of meters northeast – there are beautifully painted rocks and interesting snow-white building.

Above the monastery
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