The Treasury of Lives

Sera Tekchen Ling is one of the three main Geluk monasteries in Lhasa. It was founded in 1419 by Jamchen Choje Shakya Yeshe, a disciple of Tsongkhapa. Three monastic colleges survive: Sera Me, Sera Je, and the Ngakpa Dratsang. Above the monastery are a number of important hermitages established by Tsongkhapa and other Geluk masters. These include Sera Utse, Pabongkha, and Purbuchok.

Sera Monastery

Abbots & Officers

Abbot

Abbot Ngawang Jamyang Tendzin Gyatso [17 - ]
 

Throne Holder

1. First Throne Holder Shākya Yeshe [1419 - 1435]
3. Third Throne Holder rgyal mtshan bzang po [ - ]
8. Eighth Throne Holder Peljor Lhundrub [1467 - ]
9. Ninth Throne Holder Pelden Lodro [ - ]
10. Tenth Throne Holder Jamyang Donyo Pelden [1517 - ]
11. Eleventh Throne Holder Gendun Gyatso [1528 - ]
12. Twelfth Throne Holder Chokyi Gyeltsen [ - ]
13. Thirteenth Throne Holder Paṇchen Sonam Drakpa [1546 - 1554]
14. Fourteenth Throne Holder Chodrak Zangpo [1554 - ]
15. Fifteenth Throne Holder Sonam Gyatso [1558 - ]
16. Sixteenth Throne Holder Yonten Gyatso [ - ]
17. Seventeenth Throne Holder Yonten Gyatso [ - ]
18. Eighteenth Throne Holder Lobzang Chokyi Gyeltsen [ - ]

Images

The Demoness of Tibet

The Demoness of Tibet is a close copy of a well-known image located in the Tibet Museum in Lhasa. The landscape of TIbet is shown as the mythical demoness of Tibetan legend. At key physical locations on her body are located important Buddhist temples and monasteries.

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The Potala Palace and the Main Monuments of Lhasa

This painting shows major sites of Lhasa including the Jokhang, Potala Palace and Lukhang. The monasteries of Sera, Drepung, and Sangpu Neutok are also pictured. It is possible that the image depicts activities during Losar festivities.

 

 

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Scenes from the Life of the Fifth Dalai Lama (1617-1682)

An eighteenth century painting of The Fifth Dalai Lama pictured with major scenes from his life. 

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