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Seda Monastery

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The monastery was built in 1980. It was designed by Jigme Phuntsok, the most influential lama of the Nyingma tradition of Tibetan Buddhism in contemporary Tibet. In 1993, the daily Le Monde deemed the monastery the biggest Buddhist school in the world. The houses have red roofs and cluster on the mountain. They take up several square kilometers. At the top of the mountain, there is a temple called “Tan Cheng”. The upper part of the temple is for people turning the prayer wheel. It is said that the prayer wheels are effective to disperse illness. If you or your love ones are sick, you may have a try and spin the prayer wheel there.

The school is run by a special committee. The head of the committee is Jigme Phuntsok, who is also the designer of the building. Students can choose from short term course, long term course, and special course. They take three years, six years, and thirteen years respectively. Before enrollment, there would be an entrance test which would examine the education level of the applicants. For those who are deemed insufficient in knowledge, they must attend a preparation course. At the end of the course, they would to an exam. Only by passing the exam, they will be admitted to the school. The education in the Seda Buddhist School ends with a Buddhist thesis and thesis defense.

There are about 6000 students and over 100 faculties at the school. Phuntsok holds open lecture to all students at the college for two hours every day. The school also invited numerous knowledgeable people for guest lecture from many countries, as way of communication with the outside world. There are also students from Singapore and Hong Kong to come here for exchange program and short term studies. 

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