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Over 100 lamas receive top Tibetan Buddhism degree

By Source:Xinhua 2017-04-11

Ten Tibetan lamas obtained the top academic degree in Tibetan Buddhism studies following a sutra debate Friday, taking the total number of holders of such a degree above 100.

At the Jokhang Monastery in Lhasa, capital of southwest China's Tibet Autonomous Region, the candidates who passed the tests and sutra debate were awarded the "Gexe Lharampa," equivalent to a doctorate in Gelug, one of the six lineages of Tibetan Buddhism.

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

A total of 105 lamas in Tibet have been awarded the degree since the test resumed in 2004.

The test was suspended after a riot instigated by separatists during the event in 1988.

Ngawang Chophel, one of 30 judges on the examination panel, acquired the degree 11 years ago. To date, six of his 50-plus students have received the degree.

"I am delighted at seeing more and more lamas acquiring the Gexe Lharampa degree. I believe inheriting the traditional sutra education system is positive for Buddhist affairs, temple harmony and social peace in Tibet," he said.

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