Ten lamas sit for top Tibetan Buddhism degree
LHASA, Aug. 13 (Xinhua) -- Ten lamas from monasteries across Tibet are taking their final test in Lhasa, hoping to receive the highest academic degree in Tibetan Buddhism studies.
The test, covering the general knowledge of Tibetan Buddhism, Tibetan language and sutra debate, began Friday at Ganden Monastery and will last for five days.
"The candidates have stood out from thousands of lamas at 10 different monasteries in Lhasa, Xigaze, Chamdo and Ngaqu," said Benba, an official with the Tibet branch of China Buddhist Association.
Candidates who pass the final test will present a formal dissertation at the Jokhang Temple in spring before being awarded the "Gexe Lharampa," equivalent to doctorate, said Benba.
"Gexe" means knowledgeable and "Lharampa" is the highest among all four ranks in the Gexe system.
Ninety-five lamas 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.