Panoramas of Sera Monastery in Tibet
Tshemönling Lama's Residence
(tshe smon gling bla brang)
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Images of Tshemönling Lama's Residence
THL Reference Number: s002
College Affiliation: Mé (smad)
Regional House Affiliation: Tshador (tsha dor)
One of the largest and most beautiful lama residences of se ra, it is affiliated with tsha dor regional house. This was the residence of the famed tshe smon gling line of reincarnations, whose lineage dates to the 18th century. Several of the early bla ma-s in this lineage served as regents and/or as throne holders of dga' ldan. Hence, the bla brang is painted yellow, a mark of the fact that the khang tshan had produced a ruler of Tibet. The present tshe smon gling rin po che (the fifth in the lineage of reincarnations) was born in 1950. He serves in an administrative position in lha sa.
Today the bla brang compound serves as the site of the main administrative offices for se ra monastery (dmangs gtso bdag gnyer u yon lhan khang), where the governing body of the monastery (dmangs bdag) meets.
The attached white building in the southeastern corner may have been a kitchen. If so, it is untypical, given that kitchens are usually painted yellow.