Each day of the week, the monks of the Sera monastery gather on the courtyard for a debating session.
As a traditional characteristic of Tibetan Buddhism, debating helps monks deepen their understanding about Buddha’s Dharma. They are separated into different groups with tw or more members. Usually, the standing ones are raising questions, and those sitting down need to respond. The questions could be any issue about Dharma. Variety of gestures is used during the debating. The debating is closely associated with Sera Monastery’s strict teaching system and has a long history cultivating high-level monks.
The debates can be quite heated, but there are also some more relaxed conversation and occasional fun too.