Penpa Dorje and Jose Cabezon are the authors of Sera Monastery, a definitive history of one of Tibet’s greatest monastic universities, located just north of the Tibetan capital, Lhasa. Founded in 1419, Sera Monastery was one of three great seats of learning in the Geluk tradition of Tibetan Buddhism, at one time holding more than 9,000 monks from across the Tibetan Buddhist world. Along the way, Sera also played an important role in Tibetan religion, culture, and politics. Today, Sera monastery under Chinese rule has just a few hundred monks, but the exile branch of Sera in India is flourishing amid all of the changes of the 21st century.
In this conversation with ICT, Dorje and Cabezon, former Sera monks themselves, will speak about their book and share perspectives on the historical, political, economic, and diplomatic aspects of this important religious institution.
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