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Sera Monastery

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Sera is one of Lhasa's great monasteries, as well as an important university monastery where monks are able to expand their philosophical knowledge. Set in the hills just north of the city, Sera was once home to over 5000 monks but after the 1959 revolt and the departure of the Dalai Lama, a great number of monks fled to Mysore in India where they have set up a parallel Sera Monastery. The monastery is best known for the daily debates (not at the weekend) by the resident monks, a ritual that is considered integral to the learning and understanding of Buddhist doctrine. Taking place in the debating courtyard, each point a monk makes is supplemented by gestures, such as claps and pushes, and is a unique sight to behold. The monastery itself is also well worth a look around, the hallways resplendent with scriptures, statues and murals.

Sera Monastery Holidays

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  • Tibetan Wonders

    Tibetan Wonders

    24 days from $7,880pp

    • Kunming's Mystical Stone Forest
    • Songzanlin Monastery
    • Glacial Tibet Countryside
    • Sun Rise over Mount Everest
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  • China & Tibet Discovery

    China & Tibet Discovery

    16 days from $6,480pp

    • Terracotta Warriors in Xian
    • Lhasa's Potala Palace
    • Chengdu's Pandas
    • Yangtze Cruise
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  • Himalayan Adventure

    Himalayan Adventure

    22 days | Please call for prices

    • Meet Chengdu's pandas
    • Sera Monastery debating
    • Mount Everest
    • Chitwan National Park
    • Kathmandu
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