Tibet, SeraYear: 2006
Location: Tibet, Sera
Monastery Sera, close to the tibetan capital Lhasa, is of the three Gelugpa School of tibetan Buddhism university monasteries of tibet. After the Chinese invasion, the university was relocated to Indian city of Bylakuppe. though badly damaged and heavily reduced in population, Sera monastery is still standing and active. Lively debates of future lamas is accompanied by vivid gesticulation, clapping, and even physical contact. My tibetan guide has translated a fragment of the conversation: ‘’Is money important in life?’, ‘No!’. ‘Is education important in life?’. ‘Yes!’ ‘Do you need money for your education?’, ‘Yes.’, ‘So is money important in life?!’, argument closed with a loud clapping of the master student.