I know the main attraction in Lhasa is the Potala Palace, but I loved the Sera Monastery. It's located in a quiet spot on the side of a hill where you park and walk up a main road through different buildings used by the resident monks. There are plenty of pretty spots for pics along the way, but overall it's just a nice, peaceful stroll.
When you reach the debating courtyard get ready to enjoy the discussions. At first, before even entering the courtyard, you can hear the debates. As you get to the top of the stairs into the courtyard you see numerous groups of monks debating Buddhist philosophy topics. The debates are full of movement with different actions holding different meanings.
After getting over the initial amazement at the overall scene, start wandering around the outer sidewalk (observers are not allowed in the central debating area) and find a group of monks to watch for several minutes straight. You'll begin to see the rhythm and repeated motions used during the debates. We found a group with a particularly animated speaker who provided us with a great deal of entertainment. He was obviously very passionate about his topic and even though his movements were very expressive I would love to have been able to understand what he was saying!
A beautiful location, unique experience and passionate participants all contributed to making this my favorite destination in Lhasa.
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