Tibetan Buddhist Monks Debating at Sera Monastery
During July Tibet Photo Tour, we visited Sera Monastery in Lhasa, Tibet. Witnessed its renowned debate of Buddhist teachings among monks. As part of the their training, monks participate in a series of debates. These debates are held in a courtyard of crushed stone. Senior monks grill junior monks on various doctrine. The junior monks are seated, while the monks questioning their knowledge of Buddhist scripture fire questions at them, accompanied by dramatic hand slapping. The hand slapping is a signal for the seated monk to respond.