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M Assembly Hall
(smad du khang)


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THL Reference Number: s044

College Affiliation: M (smad)

Regional House Affiliation: none

M College (grwa tshang smad) as an institution was founded by Knkhyen Jangchup Bumpa (kun mkhyen byang chub bum pa), aka Jangchup zer (byang chub od zer, fifteenth century), a disciple of one of the early holders of the Sera (se ra) throne, a figure largely responsible for the founding of philosophical studies at Sera, Gungru Gyeltsen Zangpo (gung ru rgyal mtshan bzang po, 1383-1450).

As with J College (grwa tshang byes), the assembly hall of M College was not constructed until two centuries after the founding of the college. The regent of the Eighth Dalai Lama, the Seventh Demo Rinpoch (de mo rin po che), Delek Gyatso (bde legs rgya mtsho, d. 1777) built the assembly hall in 1761. Extensive damage occurred to the building as a result of a fire on at least one occasion after its founding, but the temple was restored. The M College assembly hall houses the chapel of the protector deity Taok (tha og), where the rituals related to the M tutelary deity, Vajrabhairava, are also performed.

 

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