horns thunder out from atop the temple echoing through the darkness,
vrooom, vrooom, vrooom, then fading gently into the stillness of the
night. A moment’s silence, followed by the sound of feet padding
through the narrow streets, the rustling of robes and the low murmur of
whispered voices. The rush to the early morning puja in the main temple
fades to silence. Then slowly, in unison, the voices of 2500 monks in
prayer rises through the stillness. Lead by the Omse the chanting goes
on and on rising and falling like waves upon the sea. As I lay there in
the early morning darkness, wave upon wave washes over me, carrying me
to a place far beyond this distant land.”
Sera monastery is a colorful place
full of life, laughter and of course the Buddha Dharma. The enormous
main temple, which can hold several thousand monks, is filled with the
beautiful iconic imagery of Tibetan Buddhism. It seems there is not a
square inch that is not elaborately painted. When lead by the omse, the
voices of several thousand monks in prayer in this vast temple is a
sound that defies description. Rising and falling in tempo and
intensity it touches you in the deepest part of your soul.
rebuilding of Sera in South India began in 1970 by a handful of monks
who were forced to flee Tibet after the Chinese occupation of 1959.
Now, with well over 5,000 monks, Sera Monastery is a testimonial to the
depth of Tibetan spirituality and dedication to keeping the teachings of
the Buddha and their cultural alive.
For the western mind, the
younger school age monks who seem to be everywhere around the monastery
when school is not in session, are difficult to comprehend. How can
such a young boy be a monk? How did he come to be here and why would his
parents approve? “Path to Geshe” answers these and many more
questions about their life at Sera. The dedication of the senior
students and teachers to these young boys is inspirational.
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