Sera Monastery

The Sera Monastery is called “Sera Mahayana Temple”, and the Tibetan language is “Wiman Meiyuan Temple”. It is one of the six main temples of the Gelug Sect of Tibetan Buddhism. There are tens of thousands of statues of King Kong Buddha in the temple, mostly made in Tibet. Many are bronze Buddha statues brought from the mainland or India. The main hall of the main hall and the various walls of the Zha Cang Hall are preserved with a large number of colored murals. The most famous statue is the “Ma Tou Ming Wang” statue in the main hall.

The main buildings in the temple include the Cochin Hall, Mai Zha Cang, Ji Zha Cang, Aba Zha Cang and Kang Cun. The temple building is magnificent, the building is adjacent to the building, and the building is double-storey. The temple’s hall is painted with colorful murals; various types of Buddha statues, Thangka, musical instruments, feeders, prayer flags, and warp buildings abound.

The Sera Monastery is the most famous Buddhist activity and has almost become the symbol of the Sera Monastery. In fact, the debate is a discussion of Buddhist knowledge, but it can also be said to be a way of learning by the lamas. The monks of Sera Monastery had a disciplinary activity at the debate center every day at 3 pm.

This is a challenging debate. The debaters often use various gestures to enhance the debate. They either rush to urge the other party to answer the question as soon as possible, or pull the beads to use the power of the Buddha to defeat each other.

Tour time

The Sera Monastery is held at the seminary at 3 pm every day (no debate on Sunday). However, it is a bit too late to visit the main hall of the temple after the debate, because the hall usually closes before 4 o’clock. Therefore, it is recommended to arrive at Sera Monastery around 2 pm, first visit the main hall, and then go to see the debate (go can get a good position early).

Sera Monastery has a grand festival called “Sera Colching”, which means the King Kong Blessing Festival, which is unique to Sera Monastery. It is rumored that at the end of the 15th century, a diamond scorpion came from India, and it was said that it was flying to the hustle and bustle. Later, it was greeted by the Bazaar Cangbu on the Tibetan calendar on December 27 and worshipped in the temple of Danzeng.

In the past, according to the habit of every morning on the evening of December 27, the “law enforcer” who had completed the bazaar took the horse and sent it to the Potala Palace for the Dalai Lama. After the Dalai Lama blessed the Vajrayana, it was faster. The horse was sent back to the Sera Monastery. At this time, the Bazaar warehouse was uplifted, holding the vajra to the whole temple and the believers who came to worship, and blessed the blessings to protect the Buddha, Bodhisattva and the god of protection.

Drepung Monastery

Drepung Monastery is the most famous of the three major temples. From afar, a white building, like a pile of snow-white rice piled up in the foothills, is named after the Drepung Monastery. The Tibetan language means Jiji Temple. The first temple of the three Buddhist monasteries of Tibetan Buddhism, its main buildings are the Tso Chin Temple, the four major Zha Cang, Gandan Pangzhang and 50 Kangcun (that is, the school organization established according to the name of the temple).

There are quite a lot of rituals in Drepung Monastery. Every time there are large Buddhist anniversaries and the calendar days of the Tibetan calendar (that is, the 15th and 30th), the corresponding ceremonies must be held. The biggest scene is the “Snowton Festival”. Every year on June 30th of the Tibetan calendar, the Sheriff’s Temple will hold a buddha ritual, and a giant Buddha image Thangka will be displayed on the hillside, attracting a large number of believers and tourists to come and pray for a spectacular scene.

On the day of the “Snowton Festival”, the Texan Temple was the center of the exhibition, and the giant Buddha image Thangka painting was displayed in the morning, and then the Tibetan opera performance was held, which was a fun festival.

Gandan Temple

The Ganden Monastery is the full name of “Gandan Langjielin”. Ganden is a Tibetan transliteration, which means “to take the sky”, which is the world that the future Buddha Maitre has taught. It can be seen that the monks of the temple believe in “Mai Le Pure Land”, which is not located in the urban area of ​​Lhasa, but is located on the top of Wangbo Riga, at an altitude of 3,800 meters on the south bank of the Lhasa River in Lhasa Daxian County.

Ganden Monastery is the most special temple in the Six Great Temples of the Yellow Emperor. It was built by Tsongkhapa, the founder of the Gelug Sect of Tibetan Buddhism, in 1409. It can be said that it is the ancestral temple of the Gelug Sect. The head of the party.

The Tsongkhapa Masters Day is a very traditional festival of Ganden Monastery. The Tibetan calendar is held on October 25th. The Tsongkhapa Master’s Day of Jejuba is to be hanged in the temple during the day. The Buddha statue is 26 meters long and 10 meters wide. The ceremony was extremely grand and the most important traditional festival of the temple was called “Gandan Ang”. It means the Lantern Festival, and its grandeur even exceeds the Snowdon Festival.

Tour time

Ganden Temple can be visited for about 2 hours. It closes at 4 pm, so it is generally recommended to visit Lhasa from the road to Linzhi (and when Linzhi returns to Lhasa, the general temple is closed).