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Short presentation of Sera Jey Monastery

The Monks of Sera Jey


Sera Jey Monastery’s history dates back to 15th century when it was founded by venerable Jetsun Kunkhen Lodroe Rinchen Senge, one of the main disciples of Lama Tsong Khapa—founder of the Gelugpa tradition. Sera Jey forms one of the three main monasteries (Sera, Gaden & Drepung) of the Gelugpa tradition.
The monastery was an important place of learning in Lama Tsong Khapa’s Philosophical tradition and had pupils from all across Tibet and also received pupils from Mongolia and China.

The centuries old monastery & its history suffered a tragic fate with the destruction of the monastery and persecution of its monks by communist Chinese troops during the total occupation of Tibet in 1959. Responding to the perseverance and enlightened vision of His Holiness the Dalai Lama in preserving the religion and culture of Tibet, the few hundred monks who had escaped from Tibet in 1959 were reunited at a special camp along with monks from other major monasteries of the four Tibetan Buddhist traditions.

In 1970, Sera Jey Monastery was re-established in exile at its present site, Bylakuppe in Southern India. The monastery’s unique tradition and its philosophical curriculum has attracts hundreds of pupils each year, and is presently recognized as one the largest and premier leading Buddhist monastic institutes in the world, with member monks greater than 3500, including increasing numbers of western & other foreign student monks.

Today, it can be honourably commented that Sera Jey has been successfully producing many eminent Geshes—teachers in Tibetan Buddhist Philosophy—and has the largest number of overseas resident and visiting teachers at centers and institutes across US, Europe, Pacific & SE Asia.

Therefore, Sera Jey Monastery - University For Advanced Buddhist Studies and Practice, is still the premier seat of learning and practice of Tibetan Buddhism. It has been and is still an important sacred source and resource in the preservation and promotion of Tibetan Buddhism where, innumerable scholars and practitioners jhave been generated since the time of its sublime era in Tibet, through many years of dedicated study in Buddhist Philosophy and observation of the monastic curriculum and discipline that are based on the essence of compassion and wisdom.

For more information visit the website of Sera Jey Monastery



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Upcoming Events


April 29, 2016       Leave for Tour
                           Venerable monks of the tour group will leave Bangalore for Zurich on April 29 morning 10.30 am. Arrive Zurich airport on the same day - April 29 at 08.20 pm.

April 30 to May 2, 2016 Preparation & Organization
From April 30 to May 2 the tour group will be making preparations and other organization works.

May 3 to 12, 2016 puja program at Hogen community hall, Hogen

May 8 or 9, 2016 Geshe Sonam to leave for France to bring back car

May 12 to 17, 2016 program at Berlin, Germany

May 18 to 21, 2016 Green Tara Mandala construction at Brake, Germany

May 22 to 25, 2016 puja at Amsterdam, Holland

May 26, 2016 leave for Milano - Ghepheling center in Italy by car from Horgen to Berlin (drive: 8 hr. 30 min / Berlin to Brake (drive: 4 hr.)
Horgen to Milano - Ghepheling (drive:3 hr. 20 min)

May 26 to July 9, 2016 Program at Italy - organized by Ghepheling center

May 28 to June 2, 2016 Hayagriva Mandala construction at Ghepheling Center, Milano

June 4 and 5, 2016 Hayagriva initiation at Ghepheling Center by Khenrab Rinpoche

June 6 to 11, 2016 Medicine Buddha Mandala construction at Daumom, Milano, Italy

June 15 to 17, 2016 Bergamo Milano, Italy

June 18 to July 8, 2016 performing two to three mandala constructions in Italy

July 9 or 10, 2016 Leave for Pomaia - Institute Lama Tsongkhapa Center 

                           Milano, Ghepheling center to Pomaia ILT center by car (drive: 3 hr. 20 min.)

July 11, 2016 (prosperity vase blessing) Bhumdrup puja at - Institute Lama Tsongkhapa Center, Pomaia

July 12, 2016 leave for Bremen, Germany by car from ILT, Pomaia (drive: 13 hrs. 8 min). Overnight stop at Munich and arrive Bremen by July 14.

July 14 to 18, 2016 White Tara Mandala construction at Botanica, Germany

July 19 or 20, 2016 Leave for Grignan, France by car
                             Bremen, Germany to Grignan, France (drive: 11 hr. 33 min) plan to stay overnight at Dhen Sonam Sherab home in Lausanne, Swiss

July 20 to 24, 2016 One Manadala construction program

July 24, 2016 Leave for Institute Vajra Yogini Center, Lavaur , France by car (drive: 4 hr. 9 min) from Grignan

July 25 to 30, 2016 Mandala and other programs at Institute Vajra Yogini Center, France

August, 2016 Back to Swiss


Aims of the tour

Class Room project

Class Room project is one of the important projects proposed for developing the monastery’s commitment to further its educational curriculum.

More about The Class Room Project

The One Year Educational Budget

Nowadays, Sera Jey is in charge of the education of about 35OO monks. The One Year Educational Budget is the second aim of this 2014 Sera Jey European Tour of Compassion and Harmony.

More about The One year Educational Budget 

Donation and sponsoring

You can donate to support the Sera Jey Monastery's projects and you can also become a monk sponsor or a contributor.

More about donation and sponsoring



Sera Jey Monastic University
For Advanced Buddhist Studies & Practice
Bylakuppe - 571104, 
Mysore District (KS), India
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Tel: +91 8223 258435




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