August 21, 2005
As my condition was getting well in the afternoon, and so was the weather, I decided to go to Sera Monastery. I have heard that there is a discussion class every afternoon. Sera Monastery is about 5 km from city centre, but the entrance ticket of 50 yuan held my steps.
Two days ago I came to this monastery and circulated it already. Today, as I was still thinking to pay or not to pay the entrance fee, I did circulate it once more. Suddenly I met three Chinese travellers, of which one of them I met yesterday inquiring about traveling to Western Tibet. They told me that they didnt want either to pay the 50 yuan ticket and wanted to climb and jump the wall to enter.
We found a rather low wall. I was anxious to do this, but they one by one successfully crossed the wall of 2 m height. When it comes to my turn, I didnt have any other choice either as they had passed my bags to the other side of the wall. And I practised all of my ability of climbing, jumping, crawling, etc…, and I successfully landed to the other side, which is accidentally a toilet pot. (!)
Well, we have successfully entered the monastery without paying ticket, and my heart still jumps very fast. A young monk watching us with very strange gaze, as it seems he never seen tourists entering the monastery from the toilet. And we pretended nothing to happen (just being lost to be together in a small toilet pot….)
The discussion class of the monks started at 3:30 pm everyday. It’s a lively discussion, much shouting and pat. When they express their mind they clap their hand. I wish I understood Tibetan. And I wish I could upload the photos today.
The afternoon today was very sunny, the first time for me to see real blue sky in Lhasa.