Larung Gar Buddhist Academy

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Larung Gar Buddhist Academe was founded by Khenpo Jigme Phuntsok in 1980 at the legendary
site where a group of stylite practiced Buddhism. The academy is located at a mountainous area near Seda county, Ganzi Tibetan autonomous prefecture, Sichuan Province, China, at the altitude of about 4000 meters. at its origin, there were about 30 practitioners in the academy, and  yet despite its remote location, the academy grew rapidly in a few years and now it contains over 10000 Tibetan and Han Chinese monks, nuns and anchorites.

Being the biggest Buddhist body in the world, Larung Gar is surrounded by chanting, incense smoke, and devout practitioners. In 1987, the 10th Panchen Lama showed support and in 1997, the Ganzi Bureau of education approved the academy as a formal educational body with the approval of the Sichuan Religious Bureau, and since then, Larung Gar has taken the duty of resuscitating the Buddhist legacies that has been severely damaged during the ten years of the Cultural Revolution.

The academy allows students to gain the title of Khenpo by passing tests of knowledge and understandings of Mādhyamaka and other subjects, as well as debate tests. In recent years, as tourists increases, more people come and visits the site and yet Larung Gar’s commercial orientation has not increase too much, as few shops and hotels can be found within the town.

 

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