Located in the remote, mountainous area of china’s garze tibetan autonomous prefecture, larung gar is the largest Buddhist settlement in the world, with 40,000 monks and nuns drawn to its Larung wuming Buddhist institute for study.
Larung Gar Buddhist Academy, also known as Serthar Buddhist Institute, sits in the Larung Valley at an elevation of 4,000 meters, about 15 km from the town Sêrtar, in Sertar County, Garze Prefecture in the traditional Tibetan region of Kham, in west Sichuan, China.
When you arrive at Larung Gar after what has to be one of the most uncomfortable and strenuous journeys you will ever go trough anywhere in the world, your body will tell you to rest and take it easy the first day, but your mind it’s blown away from the strange beauty of this place.
Since Larung Gar is at elevation 4000m (13.123ft) and upwards, you will quite fast notice the altitude if you’re not right acclimatised.
Larung Gar seems like a maze when you walk around, and it’s easy to get lost in the small alleys and streets, but that’s just part of the fun. It didn’t seem like it was any numbers on the houses so how the monks and nuns find their way home is for me a mystery.
Except for walking around Larung Gar, you can visit one of the monastery’s, the monks that’s speak some English will find you and try to practice their English and it’s a big chance if you will get invited home to some of the monks for a cup of tea.
It not much to write about Larung Gar in itself, its one of those places you just have to go and experience it for yourself.
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