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Table Talk

Historical Background and Growth of Serta Larung Gar

The Serta Larung Gar Buddhist Institute was established by Khenpo Jigme Phuntsok in the 1980s and since then, it has become one of the largest non-sectarian Buddhist learning centers in the world. The institute has students from all parts of Tibet and also has attracted students from mainland China and Korea. Due to its sheer size and scale, the Chinese government has often targeted it. In the summer and fall of 2001, the Chinese government expelled hundreds of students and destroyed the residence of many monks and nuns As another round of demolition and expulsion of the residence at the Sertha institute takes place, Table Talk invites an individual who has studied in Sertha Larung Gar for a number of years to discuss the history, background, and the eventual expansion of Sertha Buddhist Institute into one of the largest and the most advanced Buddhist learning centers in the world.