Outside Lhasa at Sera Monastery

A view on the ground of Sera Monastery located on the northern outskirts of Lhasa. A monk is seen walking in the company of another Tibetan man. This photo was taken in the summer of 1986, accounting for all the greenery and casual dress of the monk.

This bucolic scene is somewhat atypical in that one hardly imagines tree lined roads in Tibet where wood is at a premium and vegetation of any sort is limited. Sera is a special place and may be my favourite monastery to visit

During the Cultural Revolution, the monks at Sera organized themselves and suffered greatly at the hands of the Chinese.