Larung Gar, a spectacular Buddhist Academy
The planet is full of amazing places but even the richest of the world will have time in your life to know them all. So in Fly Travel we have self-imposed goal of showing some of the most spectacular so at least you can meet online.
Today, for example, we moved to Tibet to meet Larung Gar, an impressive city that, in reality, is a Buddhist academy. Yes! Yes! As you are reading! Would you like to discover more about this amazing place? Well, you know what you have to do! Do not miss anything of what we tell you then!
Like I said, we now move up to Larung Gar, a Buddhist academy also known as Instituo Shertar located in the valley of Larung, specifically in the city of Sertar (Prefecture of Garze, Tibet). Founded in 1980 by Khenpo Jigme Phuntsok, lama of the Nyingma tradition, in an uninhabited valley, the academy has grown exorbitantly. In fact, today there are more than 40,000 people who are in what many consider a city. As you can imagine, this is one of the most important places for Tibetan Buddhism. Apparently, the building of this academy has been possible thanks to private donations.
Wooden houses huddled together
As you can see yourself in the images that we offer in our gallery, this kind of Buddhist university campus is really huge. Most striking, no doubt, is the change that the valley has experienced in just 30 years to be completely desert have many wooden houses that fit perfectly with the style of other homes in the area. You see, they are fully huddled together. Although each has between 2 and 3 bedrooms, the truth is they do not have bathrooms or running water, because these are community services. On the other hand, if women and men are accepted at the academy do not live in the same place, but are separated by a huge wall. Thus, monks and nuns can only be seen when matched in public areas such as the main hall of the monastery.
Students of different ethnicities
One of the great peculiarities of Shertar Institute is open to anyone interested in this branch of Buddhism, including Chinese students. In fact, classes are given in Mandarin. There are also students from Malaysia, Hong Kong and Taiwan. And although it is known for its religious and secular education, the fact is that philosophy classes, astronomy, English, Chinese and even computers are also taught. Yes! Yes! As you are reading! Buddhism until he is seeing influenced by new technologies.
A difficult and long road
Although many travelers are curious to approach this great Buddhist Academy, the fact is that the road is not easy. In fact, the nearest city is Chengdu, which is 650 kilometers away. And the problem is not only that the hard way 13 to 15 hours, but must be made quite dangerous roads. It is also important to note that sometimes the government decides to shut out foreigners. If you do decide to visit this place, you know that foreigners can not pass the religious side of town, but must stay in the secular part, especially if it is Western tourists. Here we leave to our gallery, where you’ll find more pictures of this amazing place located in Tibet. Do not miss it!http://www.travelsucks.com/larung-gar-buddhist-academy.htmlAsia Pacificlarung gar