The Sera Monastery about 2 km north of Lhasa is one of the three major monasteries of the Gelukpa university monasteries of Tibet.
The Sera Monastery once held 7000 Buddhist monks, yet today there are only 250. Yet this monastery is equally important as the Drepung Monastery.
Here the monastery’s own print shop can be visited. Some of the shelves with scripts can be passed from below. Passing below the scripts means that you have read the scripts.
A unique feature is the monks’ debates in the courtyard. Discussions are started when someone asks a question.
While doing this he claps his hands loudly. The person seated in front of him then replies.
The next day the rolls are switched. The debates in the Sera Monastery are in part conducted very intensively.
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