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10 Tibetan Lamas Accredited as Geshe Lharampas - Highest Tibetan Buddhism Degree

Lamas take final Dharma debating exam for Geshe Lharamps at Jokhang Temple, Lhasa, Tibet.APRIL 07th on Friday at Jokhang Temple in Lhasa, 10 lamas from 10 key Gelukpa school of monasteries in Tibet Autonomous Region of west China, passed the final Dharma debating exam and were accredited with the highest academic degree of Tibetan Buddhism - Geshe Lharampas which represents the highest level of academic attainment in Tibetan Buddhism. It's the 13th Geshe Lharampa accreditation activity since its resumption in 2004.
 
The 10 new Geshe Lharamps attended a week-long preliminary exam in Ganden Monastery last August. The annual exam usually consists of two parts: sutra debate, and test focused on other cultures.
 
Lamas must spend at least 20 years learning five volumes of Tibetan Buddhism teachings to earn the qualification for such an exam. During the debating exam, candidates are seated with exam board members standing and walking in front of them. Debates can get fierce at times as members challenge examinees. When one candidate raises a point, the exam board members will counter to keep the debate going. If the candidate wins the debate, he passes the exam.
 
Gyaltsan Namdrol from Drepung Monastery in Lhasa won this year's exam. Thuthob Choezin from Sera Monastery came in second and Losang Gyaltsan from Tashilhunpo Monastery in Shigatse won third place. Most of the 10 Geshe Lharampas are Dharma masters, knowledgeable and have a profound understanding of Tibetan Buddhism teachings.
 
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