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Admission

To get admitted in a monastery, first one must find a resident teacher whose role is like a guide and a caretaker. After being accepted by a college or a khangtsen and if a resident teacher is found, he would then be taken to the monastery’s office for admission. After filling the admission form, his […]

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Study Program

The study of the five classical texts are divided into fourteen classes. Based on seniority, the classes are ranked as: The first class The second class The third class Zenkyang The senior Madhyamika The junior Madyamika The supplementary class of Prajnaparimita called Zurkhol Prajnaparimta forth Prajnamparimita third Prajnaparimita second Senior than old Prajnaparimita Old Prajnaparimita […]

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Term & Affiliation

Although the exact duration of one’s study at Sera Mey is not fixed, generally it takes around twenty years to attain the highest degree of Geshe Lharampa. A student who has finished fourteen years of study and examination at Sera Mey qualifies to appear for six successive years of examinations at the Gelukpa University. Upon […]

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Examinations

Memorization:Memorization Examination has been a long monastic tradition in Tibet. In this, students recite by heart all the texts that they were able to memorize in front of an examiner. This was conducted twice a year, one in summer and another in winter. Good students are able to recite thousands of pages by heart. Debate:Debate […]

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Students Activities in a Day

It is said thus in Vasubhandu’s Abhidharmakosa: “By abiding in discipline,Through hearing and concentration,One perfectly applies them into meditation.” Students should properly abide in his monastic and Vinaya rules as they engage in years of rigorous study, contemplation, and meditation. Getting up at 5 a.m. in the morning, they attend their morning prayer gathering. Breakfast […]

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The Purpose of Religious Study

In Shantideva’s ‘Engaging in the Boddhissatvas’ Deeds’ it says: “The Dharma is the only medicineTo heal the sufferings of migratory beingsAnd the source of every happiness.” The precious Dharma is the only source of relief from the sufferings as well as the source of all temporary and ultimate happiness. As such, graduating after years of […]

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