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(InTibet)13 Tibetan monks receive Buddhism's highest degree

Monks attend the debate activity, a part of the award ceremony of the degree of Geshe Lharampa held in the Jokhang Temple in Lhasa, capital of southwest China's Tibet Autonomous Region, April 5, 2021. (Xinhua/Sun Ruibo)

LHASA, April 5 (Xinhua) -- Thirteen monks were awarded the degree of Geshe Lharampa on Monday in the Jokhang Temple in downtown Lhasa.

Geshe Lharampa, which means "intellectual" in the Tibetan language, is the highest academic degree for the Gelugba School -- also known as the Yellow Sect -- of Tibetan Buddhism. The history of Geshe Lharampa goes back 400 years.

Monks attend the award ceremony of the degree of Geshe Lharampa held in the Jokhang Temple in Lhasa, capital of southwest China's Tibet Autonomous Region, April 5, 2021. (Xinhua/Sun Ruibo)

Monks attend the debate activity, a part of the award ceremony of the degree of Geshe Lharampa held in the Jokhang Temple in Lhasa, capital of southwest China's Tibet Autonomous Region, April 5, 2021. (Xinhua/Sun Ruibo)

Monks attend the debate activity, a part of the award ceremony of the degree of Geshe Lharampa held in the Jokhang Temple in Lhasa, capital of southwest China's Tibet Autonomous Region, April 5, 2021. (Xinhua/Sun Ruibo)

A monk drinks a cup of tea while attending the award ceremony of the degree of Geshe Lharampa held in the Jokhang Temple in Lhasa, capital of southwest China's Tibet Autonomous Region, April 5, 2021. (Xinhua/Chogo)

Monks attend the award ceremony of the degree of Geshe Lharampa held in the Jokhang Temple in Lhasa, capital of southwest China's Tibet Autonomous Region, April 5, 2021. (Xinhua/Chogo)

Monks attend the award ceremony of the degree of Geshe Lharampa held in the Jokhang Temple in Lhasa, capital of southwest China's Tibet Autonomous Region, April 5, 2021. (Xinhua/Chogo)

A monk attends the debate activity, a part of the award ceremony of the degree of Geshe Lharampa held in the Jokhang Temple in Lhasa, capital of southwest China's Tibet Autonomous Region, April 5, 2021. (Xinhua/Chogo)

A monk awarded the degree of Geshe Lharampa looks at his certificate during the award ceremony held in the Jokhang Temple in Lhasa, capital of southwest China's Tibet Autonomous Region, April 5, 2021. (Xinhua/Sun Ruibo)

Monks awarded the degree of Geshe Lharampa pose for a group photo in the Jokhang Temple in Lhasa, capital of southwest China's Tibet Autonomous Region, April 5, 2021. (Xinhua/Sun Ruibo)

Monks awarded the degree of Geshe Lharampa pose for a group photo in the Jokhang Temple in Lhasa, capital of southwest China's Tibet Autonomous Region, April 5, 2021. (Xinhua/Chogo)

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