Due to the policies of China’s cultural revolution in the 1960s, religious activities were no longer allowed in Tibet and the practice of Buddhism was disavowed. Many Tibetan monasteries were destroyed; Tibetan cultural education, language and their spiritual leader His Holiness the Dalai Lama were condemned. As a result, many Tibetans and monastics, including the Dalai Lama fled to India and Nepal where they can guard their heritage and treasured knowledge.... It all began with a dangerous journey crossing the border check points and a long grueling walk across the Himalayan mountains.
At Sera the students study religious texts but they also get a modern education such as general science, mathematics, social studies, Tibetan calligraphy, Tibetan language and grammar, English and Hindi.
From class 7 on children begin studying philosophical texts and begin debating sessions.
Sera is split into two schools; Sera Jey and Sera Mey. They house approximately 5000 monks. Their Buddhist studies will take at least 20 to 35 years after which they take exams and receive Geshe degree levels (Bachelors, Masters and PhD).
The heavy monthly burden for Sera to feed, cloth and provide basic needs and services of electricity and water can be overwhelming. Please consider sponsoring a monk on a monthly basis if you can.Contribute to Gain Spiritual Merit
Note: Healing Buddha Foundation is a non-profit organization 501(c)(3).