Lhasa Tour – Strategies of Photographing Sera Monastery
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Lhasa Tour – Strategies of Photographing Sera Monastery

Update: Dec. 31st, 2012

Scripture Debating in Sera Monastery

Lhasa Tour – Season of Photographing Sera Monastery

The Sera Monastery will hold grand Buddha Exhibition Ceremony during the Shoton Festival in summer. The scene of Buddha Exhibition Ceremony in Sera Monastery is smaller than in Drepung Monastery, but it is also worth recording the religious human scenes with your lens.

In addition, there is a grand festival in Sera Monastery named "Sera Bengqin" which means "the unique festival of getting Vajra blessed in Sera Monastery". It is said that there was a Vajra introduced from Indian in the end of 15th century. People named this Vajra as "Feilai (Flying) Pestle". Later, this Vajra was enshrined in the Danzeng Sanctuary of Sera Monastery by Jiebazhacang Kampo on December 27th in Tibetan Calendar. Since then, on the day in Tibetan Calendar, over then thousands believers will come to Sera Monastery to get blessed by the Vajra. The scene of this ceremony is even hilarious than the Buddha Exhibition in Shoton Festival. If you have Lhasa tour in this season, how could you miss this opportunity?

In addition, the famous Scripture Debating in Sera Monastery will not be affected by season and time. If there is no religious activity, you can photograph the scene of scripture debating at the Scripture Debating Garden after 3 o'clock in the afternoon.

Lhasa Tour – Location of Photographing Sera Monastery

The Scripture Debating Garden is the place to photograph the debating scenes of Lamas. The garden is surrounded by walls and with towering trees. The lamas will debate heatedly in the shadow of trees.

Go to the mountain behind the Sera Monastery along the wall of Sera Monastery, there is a high Buddha Exhibition Wall which is the place to enjoy and photograph the giant Thangka of Buddha in Shoton Festival. The rocks around the Buddha Exhibition Wall are painted with Buddhism paintings. There, you can overlook the back architectures of Potala Palace.

Lhasa Tour – Features of Sera Monastery

As one of the three largest monasteries of Lhasa, Sera Monastery is not as grand as Drepung Monastery. But the scripture debating in Sera Monastery is the most famous and distinctive. The scripture debating in every afternoon attracts various travelers come to take photos.

The scripture debating in Sera Monastery is very famous. It has become important spot and highlight of Sera Monastery. The Scripture Debating Garden is located at the northern side of the passage leading to entrance gate. In general, the scripture debating starts from 15:30 in each afternoon. Travelers can enjoy and take photos of the scripture debating.

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