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Review of Sera Monastery

Sera Monastery
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$170.00*
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Day Tour: Tibet Drepung and Sera Monasteries
Ranked #4 of 89 things to do in Lhasa
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: The Sera Monastery (founded in 1419 by Jamchen Chojey of Sakya Yeshe, disciple of Tsongkhapa) is just located at the foot of Tatipu Hill,located 1.25 miles (2.01 km) north of Lhasa and about 5 km (3.1 mi) north of the Jokhang and it is about 6 km to the northeast direction of Potala Palace. It is famous for the Buddhism activities of” Monks Debate” which happens in afternoon from Monday to Saturday. This is one highlight attraction for travel in Lhasa Tibet.
Reviewed May 17, 2013

I can't tell you whole story of my experience here but I can tell you it reminded me that humans can be humble, honest ad with a big heart without boudaries. The place is like a museum, you need to pay if you want to take pictures in every room. Not too crowded as other monasteries, it has one of the bigget assembly halls..

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Reviewed May 3, 2013

The monks of Sera have met in their courtyard for centuries to vigorously debate & defend their faith - the gestures & the ritual stamping of feet to summon & banish the devil are all completely genuine. But we couldn't escape the feeling that it has been turned into a tourist attraction [perhaps designed to demonstrate that there is freedom of religion in Tibet... ?]
A strange experience that somehow didn't quite ring true

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Reviewed April 18, 2013

Interesting place, but extra money asked for pictures in chapel and print shop. Pay the extra requested. Try to see the sand paintings (no pictures here) and a must see is the debating courtyard. Be sure to be there in time to observe the quizzing that is highly interactive. Photos here are welcomed.

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Reviewed April 12, 2013

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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Reviewed April 7, 2013

They Buddhist monks at Sera will debate each other on theology and it is absolutely fascinating to watch.

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