Larung Gar University
Larung Gar University

The world's largest center for Tibetan Buddhist study. The University has recently come under the intense scrutiny of the Chinese Govt. which has imposed mass evictions and demolitions to lower the population of the remote valley.

Sunrise Over Larung Gar
Sunrise Over Larung Gar

Domiciles near the University awake with fires after a cold night in the valley, which sits at 13,000 ft.

Entering The Valley
Entering The Valley

At the base of the valley, one catches their first glimpse of the vast and unique architecture of Larung Gar.

Panoramic View
Panoramic View

A large mosaic composite of around 35 individual images attempts to convey the grandeur and scale of the architecture within the valley.

Young Monks
Young Monks

A group of young monks walks through the valley. Most groups were unwilling to be photographed, although these three were more than happy to pose for the camera. Note the smartphone and modern sneakers. Nearly every resident of Larung Gar owns a smartphone.

The Main Thouroughfare
The Main Thouroughfare

The main road through Larung Gar sees mostly foot traffic, with the odd tractor and SUV carrying high Lamas or wealthy Chinese tourists.

Nightfall
Nightfall

An overview of the densely packed settlement, with the University at center, and the Golden Stupa top left.

Duststorm
Duststorm

The weather ranges from pleasant in Spring and Summer, to extremely cold and inhospitable in Winter. Here, monks shield themselves from a dust storm sweeping the valley on a frigid day.

Prayer Wheel
Prayer Wheel

The massive golden prayer wheel is enveloped by ceremonial incense smoke in the morning sunlight.

Stonemason
Stonemason

A stonemason uses modern tools to shape ancient prayers into boulders. The ritual objects, often referred to as 'Mani Stones' hold great significance in Tibetan Buddhism

University
University

The main University structure is quite large. In the foreground, the founder Jigme Phuntsok (left) and current leader Tsultrim Lodro (right) are pictured.

Headed To Class
Headed To Class

A group of young devotees make their way through the valley to their classes for the day.

Surrounded By Steppes
Surrounded By Steppes

The Valley of Larung Gar is quite remote, being over 20 hours by car from the major Chinese city of Chengdu.. The area surrounding the valley is a vast grassland of rolling hills and small Tibetan villages.

Pilgrim's Prayer
Pilgrim's Prayer

Larung Gar welcomes large numbers of Tibetan pilgrims who come to visit, study and pay respects in the sacred valley.

Goods & Services
Goods & Services

Due to its remoteness, Larung Gar must receive shipments of goods to feed and clothe the large number of students and residents. Here, a delivery truck sheds its payload.

Sky Burial
Sky Burial

Large Brown Vultures, participants in a funeral rite practiced in remote parts of Tibet. The deceased are placed on a hilltop, where their corpse is consumed by the vultures, and returned to the land from which it came.

Sky Burial Prayer
Sky Burial Prayer

A Monk pays respects to the deceased during a sky burial ritual.

Mementos
Mementos

The scalps and hair of the deceased adorn an ornate structure. 

Looking Up
Looking Up

The staggering architecture of individual wooden homes seems overwhelming when viewed from the base of the valley.

Surrounding Valley
Surrounding Valley

Over the hill from Larung Gar Valley, the scene becomes much more pastoral and typical for this region of Eastern Tibet.

Cloud Topped
Cloud Topped

The main Golden Stupa sits below a single cloud. The Stupa serves as a meeting place as well as a holy building where devotees perform 'Kora' or ritual circumambulation of the structure.

Stupa
Stupa

The stupa seems to rest atop a tower of wooden homes. 

In The Fog
In The Fog

A layer of icy fog hangs over the dwellings. All heating is produced by burning coal or manure in the small homes.

Laborers
Laborers

Construction workers build a new home towards the top of the valley. Unfortunately, new construction has been halted, and many homes demolished since the Chinese Govt. crackdown.

Countless
Countless

A sweeping view highlights the dwellings of Larung Gar.

A New Home
A New Home

A family constructs a new home in the valley. There are no trees in the vicinity, so wood must be shipped by truck from afar for new construction

Young Lama
Young Lama

A young Lama, whom the photographer befriended, laughs as language barriers are slowly broken down.

View From The Top
View From The Top

A sight that cannot be conveyed without experiencing it. 

Selfie!
Selfie!

A group of young nuns takes a selfie on a hillside covered in colorful prayer flags.

Snow Day
Snow Day

A group of nuns walk with books and bookbags to class on a snowy day.

In Prayer
In Prayer

An elderly devotee prays at the stupa atop the Larung Gar Valley. The Mala beads in her hand are used to rhythmically recite prayer.

Larung Gar University
Sunrise Over Larung Gar
Entering The Valley
Panoramic View
Young Monks
The Main Thouroughfare
Nightfall
Duststorm
Prayer Wheel
Stonemason
University
Headed To Class
Surrounded By Steppes
Pilgrim's Prayer
Goods & Services
Sky Burial
Sky Burial Prayer
Mementos
Looking Up
Surrounding Valley
Cloud Topped
Stupa
In The Fog
Laborers
Countless
A New Home
Young Lama
View From The Top
Selfie!
Snow Day
In Prayer
Larung Gar University

The world's largest center for Tibetan Buddhist study. The University has recently come under the intense scrutiny of the Chinese Govt. which has imposed mass evictions and demolitions to lower the population of the remote valley.

Sunrise Over Larung Gar

Domiciles near the University awake with fires after a cold night in the valley, which sits at 13,000 ft.

Entering The Valley

At the base of the valley, one catches their first glimpse of the vast and unique architecture of Larung Gar.

Panoramic View

A large mosaic composite of around 35 individual images attempts to convey the grandeur and scale of the architecture within the valley.

Young Monks

A group of young monks walks through the valley. Most groups were unwilling to be photographed, although these three were more than happy to pose for the camera. Note the smartphone and modern sneakers. Nearly every resident of Larung Gar owns a smartphone.

The Main Thouroughfare

The main road through Larung Gar sees mostly foot traffic, with the odd tractor and SUV carrying high Lamas or wealthy Chinese tourists.

Nightfall

An overview of the densely packed settlement, with the University at center, and the Golden Stupa top left.

Duststorm

The weather ranges from pleasant in Spring and Summer, to extremely cold and inhospitable in Winter. Here, monks shield themselves from a dust storm sweeping the valley on a frigid day.

Prayer Wheel

The massive golden prayer wheel is enveloped by ceremonial incense smoke in the morning sunlight.

Stonemason

A stonemason uses modern tools to shape ancient prayers into boulders. The ritual objects, often referred to as 'Mani Stones' hold great significance in Tibetan Buddhism

University

The main University structure is quite large. In the foreground, the founder Jigme Phuntsok (left) and current leader Tsultrim Lodro (right) are pictured.

Headed To Class

A group of young devotees make their way through the valley to their classes for the day.

Surrounded By Steppes

The Valley of Larung Gar is quite remote, being over 20 hours by car from the major Chinese city of Chengdu.. The area surrounding the valley is a vast grassland of rolling hills and small Tibetan villages.

Pilgrim's Prayer

Larung Gar welcomes large numbers of Tibetan pilgrims who come to visit, study and pay respects in the sacred valley.

Goods & Services

Due to its remoteness, Larung Gar must receive shipments of goods to feed and clothe the large number of students and residents. Here, a delivery truck sheds its payload.

Sky Burial

Large Brown Vultures, participants in a funeral rite practiced in remote parts of Tibet. The deceased are placed on a hilltop, where their corpse is consumed by the vultures, and returned to the land from which it came.

Sky Burial Prayer

A Monk pays respects to the deceased during a sky burial ritual.

Mementos

The scalps and hair of the deceased adorn an ornate structure. 

Looking Up

The staggering architecture of individual wooden homes seems overwhelming when viewed from the base of the valley.

Surrounding Valley

Over the hill from Larung Gar Valley, the scene becomes much more pastoral and typical for this region of Eastern Tibet.

Cloud Topped

The main Golden Stupa sits below a single cloud. The Stupa serves as a meeting place as well as a holy building where devotees perform 'Kora' or ritual circumambulation of the structure.

Stupa

The stupa seems to rest atop a tower of wooden homes. 

In The Fog

A layer of icy fog hangs over the dwellings. All heating is produced by burning coal or manure in the small homes.

Laborers

Construction workers build a new home towards the top of the valley. Unfortunately, new construction has been halted, and many homes demolished since the Chinese Govt. crackdown.

Countless

A sweeping view highlights the dwellings of Larung Gar.

A New Home

A family constructs a new home in the valley. There are no trees in the vicinity, so wood must be shipped by truck from afar for new construction

Young Lama

A young Lama, whom the photographer befriended, laughs as language barriers are slowly broken down.

View From The Top

A sight that cannot be conveyed without experiencing it. 

Selfie!

A group of young nuns takes a selfie on a hillside covered in colorful prayer flags.

Snow Day

A group of nuns walk with books and bookbags to class on a snowy day.

In Prayer

An elderly devotee prays at the stupa atop the Larung Gar Valley. The Mala beads in her hand are used to rhythmically recite prayer.

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