Panoramas of Sera Monastery in Tibet
Sera Thekchen 'New House'
(se ra theg chen khang gsar)
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THL Reference Number: s007
College Affiliation: Mé (smad)
Regional House Affiliation: none
Literally, the "new house" of se ra theg chen gling ("Sera Mahayana Monastery," the official name of se ra). The large central building is said to have been built by sde srid sang rgyas rgya mtsho (d. 1705) as his personal residence at se ra. It was later used to house the Dalai Lama's parents when they visited the monastery. The compound is in disrepair, although the main building is standing. According to informants, after the Cultural Revolution there was only one floor left standing, and the other two floors were added in 1984 at the insistence of the Chinese authorities, who considered the building to be of historical significance. Tradition has it that despite its name ("new house") this may have been the site of one of the earliest -- or perhaps the earliest -- building built at Sera. The compound is not related to any regional house, but is affiliated to the smad college.