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Sera Monastery

The Sera Monastery at the foot of Tatipu Hill is located in the northern suburb of Lhasa City. It is one of three famous monasteries in Lhasa along with the Drepung Monastery and the Ganden Monastery. The Sera Monastery is dedicated to the Gelugpa or Yellow Hat Sect, a branch of Tibetan Buddhism, founded by Tsong Khapa. Jamchen Chojey, one of Tsong Khapa's disciples built the monastery in 1419 during the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644). The monastery was named Sera which means wild rose in the Tibetan language, because the hill behind it was covered with wild roses in bloom when the monastery was built.
Scriptures written in gold powder, fine statues, scent cloth and unparalleled murals can be found in these halls. Colorful debates on Buddhist doctrines are held here and these employ a style distinctive from those at Lhasa's other famous monasteries.
The Prayer Hall
The Prayer Hall
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Prayer Flags Pole
Prayer Flags Pole
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Examination Time
Examination Time
Monk Being Examined for Higher Office
Monk Being Examined for Higher Office
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Tsongkhapa Reliquary
Tsongkhapa Reliquary
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Examinee
Examinee
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Serving Tea
Serving Tea
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Hangings
Hangings
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Sand Mandala
Sand Mandala
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Debating
Debating
Debating
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Debating
Debating
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Ablutions
Ablutions
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Prayer Wheels
Prayer Wheels
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Om Mani Padme Hum
Om Mani Padme Hum
Destruction After Cultural Revolution
Destruction After Cultural Revolution
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