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Reconstructing The 1950s

Daring Heroism of Sera Monks- Changtso Ngawang Tenpa, Lhasa

In just over 48 hours after the Dalai Lama’s escape from Norbulingka, the PLA troops launched a full-scale attack on Lhasa primarily targeting Norbulingka and Potalala. On the day of PLA’s assaults, braving heavy bombardment and shelling, a group of nearly one thousand monks from Sera went to obtain weapons from Potala armory. Changtso Ngawang Tenpa recounts how despite heavy odds, the group led by him were finally able to obtain the weapons and the story thereafter.