- by Ghita
- Last Updated: 2018-04-03
Tibet is a holy land of Buddhism that attracted hundreds of tourists to travel to explore its profound Buddhist culture. At one time it was thought that 1 in 6 Tibetan men were Buddhist monks. Do you wanna know what does the life like of the mysterious Tibetan monks or have you ever imagined the inside picture of Buddhist monasteries?
Actually, the Tibetan monks lead a simple and fairly peaceful life. By all means, They are dedicated to prayer and serve others in return they will feel content and pleasure. Tibetan monks have never pursued the material pleasures; Their food is simple involving some Tibetan bread, a simple vegetable and loads of Tibetan tea. The Tibetan monks get along well with each other, they usually joking with each other and teasing each other.
Monk in the Tibetan language is "trapa," which means “student” or “scholar." There are three kinds of Tibetan monks resident in the monastery including monks, scholars, and lamas. Lamas are considered as the spiritual guides and master teachers who meditation techniques to disciples. In Tibetan Buddhism, they are regarded as "living gods" who possess supernatural powers that can slay demons and bring good fortune, wealth and good health. It is absolutely that the Tibetan monks play a significant role in the lives of the Tibetan people. they not only conduct religious ceremonies but also taking care of the monasteries.
The Scholastic Life of Tibetan Monks
Small monks start their scholastic life in the monastery where they will learn all the monastic disciplines, customs in monasteries and learn how to spell Tibetan Buddhist mantra and recite some basic prayers. And they need to serve their mentor or master for 3 years. Besides, they are going to take care of the chores of the monastery. Later, they will begin to start the 5 Buddhist classics including Buddhist Logics, Heart Sutra, Madhyamika, Monastic Discipline, and Kusha-shū.
The Daily life of Tibetan monks
At the monastery, monks and nuns find a new family and they love the life in the monastery. They grow up in the monastery, they become a responsible man in the monastery, they pray for people in the monastery. It was their school, their home, their secsulvery. In general, the daily life of Tibetan monks are simple, they usually do morning pray and afternoon pray.
Morning praying is a principle thing for the daily life of Tibetan monks to pray for the happiness of a family or mourn the death of family members. The morning praying lasts for 2-3 hours. During the praying, hundreds of young monks will line up and serve other monks with butter tea and porridge. After the morning praying, some families will offer some money to the monks as a special way of giving.
The afternoon praying begins at 15:00 at smaller places like Zhacangs Hall (college) and Khangtsen (dorm) in a monastery.
Most of Tibetan monks live in 10 famous temples and monasteries such as the Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple, Drepung Monastery, Sera Monastery, and Tashilunpo Monastery and so on. Let catch a glimpse of the top ten temples and monasteries in Tibet.
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