Gasping for Air in Tibet: Buddhist Debate

At Sera Monastery in the outskirts of Lhasa, we got to witness a curious spectacle: a Buddhist Debate.

So, what makes it special? It's conducted in a peculiar manner. The monks (in this case numbering hundreds), alternate between student and teacher. They ask each other questions on Buddhist doctrine and philosophy, finishing the question with a loud clap for emphasis. A clap will also be used to point out a wrong answer.

It's fun to watch, with hundreds of monks just about screaming at each other while clapping loudly and engaging in curious movements that made me think of Kung Fu.

Here's the video we managed to sneakily film (the Spanish bit a the beginning is my sister!)

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