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The Sera Monastery is built in 1419 and is situated 4 km from Lhasa at the foot of the Tatipu mountain. This Monastery is known as a monastic university. The tantric mysticism, the secret study, was teached here. The monks of Sera were seen as clever and dangerous, concerning the organisation of the uprising. Nowadays only 100 monks remained of the 5.000 in the past.

There are four main temples with many chapels dedicated to Tsong Khapa, Sakyamuni, Dharmapala and others.

The Sera monastery was the first monastery we visited in Tibet. All looked very colourful, especially the interior, where we saw red pillars and bright coloured and embroidered hangings. The monks were making the conical tormas. It was really impressive to be there.

Directions: 4 KM north from Lhasa.

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  • Updated Sep 18, 2004
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