Chöding Hermitage


A path branches off the kora (pilgrim circuit) up side steps beside the thangka wall to the Chöding hermitage. The hermitage was a retreat of Tsongkhapa's, and predates Sera. There is not a great deal to see, but it's a short walk and the views from the hermitage are worthwhile. A path continues south around the hillside past a holy spring to a viewpoint that has fine views of Sera and Lhasa beyond.

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1. Thangka Wall

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Next to some rock paintings is this support wall, used to hang a giant thangka during festivals.

2. Kitchen

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This atmospheric monastery kitchen on the eastern side of the main assembly hall is worth a visit.

3. Main Assembly Hall

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The main assembly hall (Tsogchen) is the largest of Sera’s buildings and dates to 1710. The central hall is particularly impressive and is noted for its…

4. Hardong Kangtsang

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Hardong served as a residence for monks studying at Sera Je College. In the first inner chapel, look for a photo of Ekai Kawaguchi, the Japanese monk who…

5. Debating Courtyard

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There is usually monk debating here on weekday afternoons from around 3pm to 5pm, which provides a welcome relief from peering at Buddhist iconography…

6. Sand Mandalas

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A small building to the side of the printing press holds these three sand mandalas.

7. Printing Press

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Before leaving the monastery it’s worth having a look at the printing blocks in this new hall. Photos are ¥10. Prints made on site are for sale (¥25 to …

8. Sera Je College

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This is the largest of Sera’s colleges, generally accessed from a western side entrance. It has a breathtaking main hall, hung with thangkas and lit by…