In Tibet, the people are outnumbered and have been oppressed by the Chinese — their monasteries were destroyed, their education, language and their spiritual leader the Dalai Lama are condemned. For this reason many Tibetans have fled to India and Nepal. Because of restrictions in the present day China, people do not have proper passports or identity papers thus causing them to be refugees. It all begins with a dangerous journey crossing the border check points and the long grueling walk across the Himalayan mountains.
Sera Monastic Universities are of the Gelug tradition which can be traced back to Shakyamuni Buddha. It is the lineage of His Holiness the Dalai Lama and it is where
Phakyab Rinpoche graduated with his Geshe Degree.
Parents who send their child to a monastery believe that they will be reborn in a better state or when a child is ill and gets better, the parents promise in prayer to send that child to a monastery out of gratitude.
Of course, many Tibetan children have a natural desire to become a monastic as it is very common. After arrival at the Monastery, young monks have little contact with their parents with no female influence in their life. The monks are guided by a “father figure” who helps them with any health issues, managing pocket money and Buddhist studies. This “guide" has the greatest influence on the child since he is the one closest to him.
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.DONATE NOW