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13 monks earn top degree in Tibetan Buddhism

Updated: Apr 27, 2023 Print
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A dharma debating exam for the 2023 Geshe Lharampa degree in Tibetan Buddhism unfolded at the Jokhang Temple in Lhasa, Tibet autonomous region, on April 23, 2023. [Photo by Phenthok/For]

Thirteen monks passed the annual dharma debating exam and were accredited as Geshe Lharampas — the highest academic degree of Tibetan Buddhism — on Sunday at Jokhang Temple in Lhasa, Tibet autonomous region.

According to tradition, after a grand religious ceremony the monk candidates sat patiently as they waited to defend their understanding of the Five Great Volumes of Tibetan Buddhism, against challenges from a handful of top scholars.

The examiners, a board of master scholars, stood in the middle of the courtyard ready to challenge one of the candidates, who sat on raised podiums.

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