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Ten Monks appear for top degree exam in Buddhism in Tibet

The test was suspended after riots against Chinese control in 1988, which China blamed on the separatists.

By: PTI | Beijing |
August 13, 2016 5:40:58 pm
Buddhist Monks, Digree in Buddhism, Exan from digree in Buddhism, Lhasa, Tibetan Buddhism studies, general knowledge of Tibetan Buddhism, Ganden Monastery, Tibet branch of China Buddhist Association, latest news, World news, International news, China propoganda news The test, covering the general knowledge of Tibetan Buddhism, Tibetan language and sutra debate, will be held at the Ganden Monastery, says Chinese media. (Above) Tibet Autonomous Region is held at the square of the Potala Palace in Lhasa. (Source: AP)

Ten monks from Buddhist monasteries across Tibet are taking their final test in the provincial capital Lhasa in a bid to attain the highest academic degree in Tibetan Buddhism studies.

The test, covering the general knowledge of Tibetan Buddhism, Tibetan language and sutra debate, began on Friday, at Ganden Monastery and will last for five days, state-run Xinhua news agency reported.

“The candidates have stood out from thousands of lamas at 10 different monasteries in Lhasa, Xigaze, Chamdo and Ngaqu,” Benba, an official with the Tibet branch of China Buddhist Association said.

Candidates who pass the final test will present a formal dissertation at the Jokhang Temple in spring before being awarded the “Gexe Lharampa,” equivalent to doctorate, Benba said.

“Gexe” means knowledgeable and “Lharampa” is the highest among all four ranks in the Gexe system.

Ninety-five Monks have been awarded the degree since the test resumed in 2004.

The test was suspended after riots against Chinese control in 1988, which China blamed on the separatists.

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