About Garu Nunnery

Garu Nunnery is a historical hermitage, belonging to Sera Monastery. It is located north of Lhasa, Lhasa Prefecture, in the Tibet region of China. The nunnery has an ancient history traced to Padmasambhava, the Indian Buddhist preceptor, who visited this location. He not only named the place as "Garu" but also ordained that it shall be a "Nunnery" not a monastery of monks on the basis of prophetic visions he had during his visit to the place. In the late 1980s and early 1990s, some nuns from the monasteries have made publicized demonstrations for Tibetan independence. Many of the protesting nuns were arrested, incarcerated, brutally handled and released only after protracted detention.
Potala Palace

Gelug Monasteries – The heart of the Tibetan philosophy

The Gelug is the newest of the four major schools of Tibetan Buddhism. It was founded by Je Tsongkhapa (1357–1419), a Tibetan philosopher, tantric yogi and lama and further expanded and developed by his disciples. Tsongkhapa founded the monastery of Ganden in 1409 as his main seat. was founded by Jamyang Choje, Sera Monastery was founded by Chöje Shakya Yeshe, and was founded by Gyalwa Gendün Drup, the 1st Dalai .
Retreat House of Sera Monastery and Lhasa valley

Hermitages and nunneries related to the Sera Monastery

The Sera Monastery is one of the "great three" Gelug university of Tibet, located 1.25 miles (2.01 km) north of Lhasa and about 5 km (3.1 mi) north of the Jokhang. The other two monasteries are Ganden Monastery and Drepung Monastery. The origin of the Sera Monastery is attributed to a fact that during its construction, the hill behind the monastery was covered with blooming wild .