Puja in Sera Monastery, Lhasa

To witness a scene such as this is an exhilarating experience. One's senses are assaulted by sights, sounds and smells. The murky light of the cavernous interior is an ethereal experience; the smells of burning Tibetan incense is unique and the guttural yet lilting sounds of the monks reading from the scriptures is like being on another planet.

Long runners donated to or commissioned by the monastery cover the long, low benches on which the monks are seated.