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Tibetan Buddhism
The Larung Wuming Buddhist Institute located some 3700 to 4000 metres above the sea level was founded in 1980 by Khenpo Jigme Phuntsok, an influential lama of Nyingma sect of Tibetan buddhism with only around 30 students but is now widely known as one of the biggest centres to study Tibetan Buddhism in the world.
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November 03, 2015
Tibetan prayer flags flutter above the Larung valley and its Larung Wuming Buddhist Institute, located...
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Tibetan prayer flags flutter above the Larung valley and its Larung Wuming Buddhist Institute, located...
Tibetan prayer flags flutter above the Larung valley and its Larung Wuming Buddhist Institute, located some 3700 to 4000 metres above the sea level in remote Sertar county, Garze Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture, Sichuan province, China October 30, 2015. The Institute was founded in 1980 by Khenpo Jigme Phuntsok, an influential lama of Nyingma sect of Tibetan buddhism with only around 30 students but is now widely known as one of the biggest centres to study Tibetan Buddhism in the world. Today, tens of thousands monks and nuns live in small houses and log cabins surrounding the Larung Wuming Buddhist Institute. Picture taken October 30, 2015. REUTERS/Damir Sagolj
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November 03, 2015
Tibetan Buddhist monks take a break at a Buddhist laymen lodge where thousands of people gather for daily...
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Tibetan Buddhist monks take a break at a Buddhist laymen lodge where thousands of people gather for daily...
Tibetan Buddhist monks take a break at a Buddhist laymen lodge where thousands of people gather for daily chanting session during the Utmost Bliss Dharma Assembly, the last of the four Dharma assemblies at Larung Wuming Buddhist Institute in remote Sertar county, Garze Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture, Sichuan province, China October 30, 2015.REUTERS/Damir Sagolj
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November 03, 2015
Small houses of monks and nuns of Larung Wuming Buddhist Institute are built on the hill of Larung valley...
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Small houses of monks and nuns of Larung Wuming Buddhist Institute are built on the hill of Larung valley...
Small houses of monks and nuns of Larung Wuming Buddhist Institute are built on the hill of Larung valley located some 3700 to 4000 metres above the sea level in remote Sertar county, Garze Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture, Sichuan province, China October 30, 2015. REUTERS/Damir Sagolj
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November 03, 2015
A Tibetan Buddhist nun spins a prayer wheel in sub zero temperatures at a Buddhist laymen lodge where...
LARUNG, China
Tibetan Buddhist nun spins a prayer wheel in sub zero temperatures at a Buddhist laymen lodge during...
A Tibetan Buddhist nun spins a prayer wheel in sub zero temperatures at a Buddhist laymen lodge where thousands of people gather for daily chanting session during the Utmost Bliss Dharma Assembly, the last of the four Dharma assemblies at Larung Wuming Buddhist Institute in remote Sertar county, Garze Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture, Sichuan province, China November 1, 2015. REUTERS/Damir Sagolj
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November 03, 2015
Ethnic Tibetans carry a body of their deceased relative, before being taken for a sky burial, around...
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Ethnic Tibetans carry a body of their deceased relative, before being taken for a sky burial, around...
Ethnic Tibetans carry a body of their deceased relative, before being taken for a sky burial, around a monastery for 80 times at the Larung valley located some 3700 to 4000 metres above the sea level in Sertar county, Garze Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture, Sichuan province, China October 30, 2015. REUTERS/Damir Sagolj
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November 03, 2015
A Buddhist monk collects his belongings as vultures gather around a body of a deceased person during...
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A Buddhist monk collects his belongings as vultures gather around a body of a deceased person during...
A Buddhist monk collects his belongings as vultures gather around a body of a deceased person during a sky burial near the Larung valley located some 3700 to 4000 metres above the sea level in Sertar county, Garze Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture, Sichuan province, China November 1, 2015. REUTERS/Damir Sagolj
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November 03, 2015
An ethnic Tibetan woman walks under the picture of Khenpo Jigme Phuntsok behind prayer wheels at the...
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An ethnic Tibetan woman walks under the picture of Khenpo Jigme Phuntsok behind prayer wheels at the...
An ethnic Tibetan woman walks under the picture of Khenpo Jigme Phuntsok behind prayer wheels at the Larung Wuming Buddhist Institute, located some 3700 to 4000 metres above the sea level in remote Sertar county, Garze Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture, Sichuan province, China October 30, 2015. REUTERS/Damir Sagolj
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November 03, 2015
Ethnic Tibetan people pray on the hill above a Buddhist laymen lodge, where thousands of monks and nuns...
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Ethnic Tibetan people pray on the hill above a Buddhist laymen lodge during the Utmost Bliss Dharma Assembly,...
Ethnic Tibetan people pray on the hill above a Buddhist laymen lodge, where thousands of monks and nuns gather for morning chanting session, during the Utmost Bliss Dharma Assembly, the last of the four Dharma assemblies at Larung Wuming Buddhist Institute in remote Sertar county, Garze Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture, Sichuan province, China October 30, 2015. REUTERS/Damir Sagolj
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November 03, 2015
Padma Tsering, a popular Tibetan Buddhist monk spins his prayer wheels at a monastery above the Larung...
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Padma Tsering, a popular Tibetan Buddhist monk spins his prayer wheels at a monastery above the Larung...
Padma Tsering, a popular Tibetan Buddhist monk spins his prayer wheels at a monastery above the Larung Wuming Buddhist Institute, located some 3700 to 4000 metres above the sea level in remote Sertar county, Garze Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture, Sichuan province, China October 30, 2015. REUTERS/Damir Sagolj
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November 03, 2015
Ethnic Tibetans wait for hot tea and food to be distributed on a hill where people gather to listen Buddhist...
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Ethnic Tibetans wait for hot tea and food to be distributed on a hill where people gather to listen Buddhist...
Ethnic Tibetans wait for hot tea and food to be distributed on a hill where people gather to listen Buddhist monks' teachings near Larung Wuming Buddhist Institute in remote Sertar county, Garze Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture, Sichuan province, China October 31, 2015. REUTERS/Damir Sagolj
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November 03, 2015
A traditional Tibetan hat and belt are put aside as an ethnic Tibetan woman prostrates herself at a monastery...
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Traditional Tibetan hat and belt are put aside as an ethnic Tibetan woman prostrates herself at a monastery...
A traditional Tibetan hat and belt are put aside as an ethnic Tibetan woman prostrates herself at a monastery above the Larung Wuming Buddhist Institute, located some 3700 to 4000 metres above the sea level in remote Sertar county, Garze Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture, Sichuan province, China November 1, 2015. REUTERS/Damir Sagolj
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November 03, 2015
Thousands of ethnic Tibetans gather to listen Buddhist monks' teachings near Larung Wuming Buddhist Institute...
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Thousands of ethnic Tibetans gather to listen Buddhist monks' teachings near Larung Wuming Buddhist Institute...
Thousands of ethnic Tibetans gather to listen Buddhist monks' teachings near Larung Wuming Buddhist Institute in remote Sertar county, Garze Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture, Sichuan province, China October 31, 2015. REUTERS/Damir Sagolj
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November 03, 2015
An ethnic Tibetan woman from Kham area wearing traditional amber headwear looks at fake human skulls...
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Ethnic Tibetan woman from Kham area wearing traditional amber headwear looks at fake human skulls placed...
An ethnic Tibetan woman from Kham area wearing traditional amber headwear looks at fake human skulls placed inside a room at the site for sky burials near the Larung valley located some 3700 to 4000 metres above the sea level in Sertar county, Garze Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture, Sichuan province, China October 31, 2015. REUTERS/Damir Sagolj
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November 03, 2015
Tibetan Buddhist nuns prepare food for those gathered for daily chanting session at a Buddhist laymen...
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Tibetan Buddhist nuns prepare food for those gathered for daily chanting session at a Buddhist laymen...
Tibetan Buddhist nuns prepare food for those gathered for daily chanting session at a Buddhist laymen lodge during the Utmost Bliss Dharma Assembly, the last of the four Dharma assemblies at Larung Wuming Buddhist Institute in remote Sertar county, Garze Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture, Sichuan province, China October 30, 2015. REUTERS/Damir Sagolj
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November 03, 2015
An ethnic Tibetan woman from Kham area wears traditional amber and other stone headwear at the Larung...
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Ethnic Tibetan woman from Kham area wears traditional amber and other stone headwear at the Larung Wuming...
An ethnic Tibetan woman from Kham area wears traditional amber and other stone headwear at the Larung Wuming Buddhist Institute, located some 3700 to 4000 metres above the sea level in remote Sertar county, Garze Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture, Sichuan province, China November 1, 2015. REUTERS/Damir Sagolj
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November 03, 2015
Hot tea is distributed to monks and nuns gathering in sub-zero temperatures at Buddhist laymen lodge,...
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Hot tea is distributed to monks and nuns gathering in sub-zero temperatures at Buddhist laymen lodge...
Hot tea is distributed to monks and nuns gathering in sub-zero temperatures at Buddhist laymen lodge, where thousands of people gather for morning chanting session, during the Utmost Bliss Dharma Assembly, the last of the four Dharma assemblies at Larung Wuming Buddhist Institute in remote Sertar county, Garze Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture, Sichuan province, China November 1, 2015. REUTERS/Damir Sagolj
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November 03, 2015
An ethnic Tibetan woman, carrying her baby on the back, prays at a monastery above the Larung Wuming...
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Ethnic Tibetan woman, carrying her baby on the back, prays at a monastery above the Larung Wuming Buddhist...
An ethnic Tibetan woman, carrying her baby on the back, prays at a monastery above the Larung Wuming Buddhist Institute, located some 3700 to 4000 metres above the sea level in remote Sertar county, Garze Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture, Sichuan province, China October 30, 2015. REUTERS/Damir Sagolj
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November 03, 2015
Ethnic Tibetan people protect themselves from the smell of decomposing bodies as vultures come from skies...
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Ethnic Tibetan people protect themselves from the smell of decomposing bodies as vultures come from skies...
Ethnic Tibetan people protect themselves from the smell of decomposing bodies as vultures come from skies during a sky burial near the Larung valley located some 3700 to 4000 metres above the sea level in Sertar county, Garze Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture, Sichuan province, China October 31, 2015. REUTERS/Damir Sagolj
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November 03, 2015
Tibetan Buddhist monks protect themselves from cold weather at a Buddhist laymen lodge where thousands...
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Tibetan Buddhist monks protect themselves from cold weather at a Buddhist laymen lodge during the Utmost...
Tibetan Buddhist monks protect themselves from cold weather at a Buddhist laymen lodge where thousands of people gather for daily chanting session during the Utmost Bliss Dharma Assembly, the last of the four Dharma assemblies at Larung Wuming Buddhist Institute in remote Sertar county, Garze Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture, Sichuan province, China October 30, 2015. REUTERS/Damir Sagolj
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November 03, 2015
Pictures of missing people are placed on the wall near a monastery above the Larung Wuming Buddhist Institute,...
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Pictures of missing people are placed on the wall near a monastery above the Larung Wuming Buddhist Institute,...
Pictures of missing people are placed on the wall near a monastery above the Larung Wuming Buddhist Institute, located some 3700 to 4000 metres above the sea level in remote Sertar county, Garze Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture, Sichuan province, China October 30, 2015. REUTERS/Damir Sagolj
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November 03, 2015
An ethnic Tibetan man prays at a monastery above the Larung Wuming Buddhist Institute, located some 3700...
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An ethnic Tibetan man prays at a monastery above the Larung Wuming Buddhist Institute, located some 3700...
An ethnic Tibetan man prays at a monastery above the Larung Wuming Buddhist Institute, located some 3700 to 4000 metres above the sea level in remote Sertar county, Garze Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture, Sichuan province, China October 30, 2015. REUTERS/Damir Sagolj
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November 03, 2015
Yeshe Tso (rear, C), an ethnic Tibetan woman from Kham area wearing traditional amber stone headwear...
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Yeshe Tso, an ethnic Tibetan woman from Kham area and her relatives wait in sub zero temperature on a...
Yeshe Tso (rear, C), an ethnic Tibetan woman from Kham area wearing traditional amber stone headwear and her relatives wait in sub zero temperature on a hill above a Buddhist laymen lodge where thousands of people gather for daily chanting session during the Utmost Bliss Dharma Assembly, the last of the four Dharma assemblies at Larung Wuming Buddhist Institute in remote Sertar county, Garze Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture, Sichuan province, China early November 1, 2015. REUTERS/Damir Sagolj
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November 03, 2015
An ethnic Tibetan woman from Kham area wears traditional amber and other stone headwear at the Larung...
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An ethnic Tibetan woman from Kham area wears traditional amber and other stone headwear at the Larung...
An ethnic Tibetan woman from Kham area wears traditional amber and other stone headwear at the Larung Wuming Buddhist Institute, located some 3700 to 4000 metres above the sea level in remote Sertar county, Garze Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture, Sichuan province, China November 1, 2015. REUTERS/Damir Sagolj
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November 03, 2015
An ethnic Tibetan woman prostrates herself in front of prayer wheels as she circles around a monastery...
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An ethnic Tibetan woman prostrates herself in front of prayer wheels as she circles around a monastery...
An ethnic Tibetan woman prostrates herself in front of prayer wheels as she circles around a monastery above the Larung Wuming Buddhist Institute, located some 3700 to 4000 metres above the sea level, in remote Sertar county, Garze Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture, Sichuan province, China November 1, 2015. REUTERS/Damir Sagolj
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November 03, 2015
A Tibetan Buddhist monk takes pictures with his smartphone of a daily chanting session at a Buddhist...
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Tibetan Buddhist monk takes pictures with his smartphone of a daily chanting session at a Buddhist laymen...
A Tibetan Buddhist monk takes pictures with his smartphone of a daily chanting session at a Buddhist laymen lodge during the Utmost Bliss Dharma Assembly, the last of the four Dharma assemblies at Larung Wuming Buddhist Institute in remote Sertar county, Garze Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture, Sichuan province, China early October 30, 2015. REUTERS/Damir Sagolj
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November 03, 2015
Volunteers prepare yak butter tea to be distributed to people gathering in sub zero temperatures at a...
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Volunteers prepare yak butter tea to be distributed to people gathering in sub zero temperatures at a...
Volunteers prepare yak butter tea to be distributed to people gathering in sub zero temperatures at a Buddhist laymen lodge for daily chanting session during the Utmost Bliss Dharma Assembly, the last of the four Dharma assemblies at Larung Wuming Buddhist Institute in remote Sertar county, Garze Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture, Sichuan province, China early October 30, 2015. REUTERS/Damir Sagolj
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November 03, 2015
A Tibetan Buddhist monk protects himself from the smell of decomposing bodies as vultures come from skies...
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Tibetan Buddhist monk protects himself from the smell of decomposing bodies as vultures come from skies...
A Tibetan Buddhist monk protects himself from the smell of decomposing bodies as vultures come from skies for a sky burial near the Larung valley located some 3700 to 4000 metres above the sea level in Sertar county, Garze Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture, Sichuan province, China October 31, 2015. REUTERS/Damir Sagolj
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November 03, 2015
An ethnic Tibetan woman, wearing a traditional decoration in her hair prays at a monastery above the...
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Ethnic Tibetan woman, wearing a traditional decoration in her hair prays at a monastery above the Larung...
An ethnic Tibetan woman, wearing a traditional decoration in her hair prays at a monastery above the Larung Wuming Buddhist Institute, located some 3700 to 4000 metres above the sea level in remote Sertar county, Garze Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture, Sichuan province, China November 1, 2015. REUTERS/Damir Sagolj
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November 03, 2015
Ethnic Tibetans offer yak butter tea at a Buddhist laymen lodge where thousands gather for daily chanting...
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Ethnic Tibetans offer yak butter tea at a Buddhist laymen lodge where thousands gather for daily chanting...
Ethnic Tibetans offer yak butter tea at a Buddhist laymen lodge where thousands gather for daily chanting session during the Utmost Bliss Dharma Assembly, the last of the four Dharma assemblies at Larung Wuming Buddhist Institute in remote Sertar county, Garze Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture, Sichuan province, China October 31, 2015. REUTERS/Damir Sagolj
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November 03, 2015
Young Tibetan Buddhist monks look out from inside their cabin at others praying at Buddhist laymen lodge...
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Young Tibetan Buddhist monks look out from inside their cabin at others praying at Buddhist laymen lodge...
Young Tibetan Buddhist monks look out from inside their cabin at others praying at Buddhist laymen lodge where thousands of people gather for daily chanting session during the Utmost Bliss Dharma Assembly, the last of the four Dharma assemblies at Larung Wuming Buddhist Institute in remote Sertar county, Garze Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture, Sichuan province, China October 30, 2015. REUTERS/Damir Sagolj
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November 03, 2015
Monks and nuns walk across a steep hill back to their dormitory after attending a daily chanting session...
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Monks and nuns walk across a steep hill back to their dormitory after attending a daily chanting session...
Monks and nuns walk across a steep hill back to their dormitory after attending a daily chanting session during the Utmost Bliss Dharma Assembly, the last of the four Dharma assemblies at Larung Wuming Buddhist Institute in remote Sertar county, Garze Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture, Sichuan province, China early November 1, 2015. REUTERS/Damir Sagolj
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November 03, 2015
Clouds cast shadows over the Larung valley and its Larung Wuming Buddhist Institute, located some 3700...
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Clouds cast shadows over the Larung valley and its Larung Wuming Buddhist Institute, located some 3700...
Clouds cast shadows over the Larung valley and its Larung Wuming Buddhist Institute, located some 3700 to 4000 metres above the sea level in remote Sertar county, Garze Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture, Sichuan province, China October 30, 2015. REUTERS/Damir Sagolj
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November 03, 2015
Tibetan Buddhist nuns keep yak butter lamps burning at a Buddhist laymen lodge where thousands of people...
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Tibetan Buddhist nuns keep yak butter lamps burning at a Buddhist laymen lodge during the Utmost Bliss...
Tibetan Buddhist nuns keep yak butter lamps burning at a Buddhist laymen lodge where thousands of people gather for daily chanting session during the Utmost Bliss Dharma Assembly, the last of the four Dharma assemblies at Larung Wuming Buddhist Institute in remote Sertar county, Garze Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture, Sichuan province, China October 30, 2015. REUTERS/Damir Sagolj
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November 03, 2015
Ethnic Tibetan Buddhist believers hold electronic mantra counter (L) and prayer beads on the hill near...
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Ethnic Tibetan Buddhist believers hold electronic mantra counter and prayer beads on the hill near the...
Ethnic Tibetan Buddhist believers hold electronic mantra counter (L) and prayer beads on the hill near the Larung Wuming Buddhist Institute where people gather to listen to monks' teachings in remote Sertar county, Garze Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture, Sichuan province, China October 31, 2015. REUTERS/Damir Sagolj
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November 03, 2015
An ethnic Tibetan man, wearing traditional clothes prays at a monastery above the Larung Wuming Buddhist...
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Ethnic Tibetan man, wearing traditional clothes prays at a monastery above the Larung Wuming Buddhist...
An ethnic Tibetan man, wearing traditional clothes prays at a monastery above the Larung Wuming Buddhist Institute, located some 3700 to 4000 metres above the sea level in remote Sertar county, Garze Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture, Sichuan province, China October 30, 2015. REUTERS/Damir Sagolj
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November 03, 2015
An ethnic Tibetan Buddhist believer uses a selfie stick on the hill near the Larung Wuming Buddhist Institute...
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An ethnic Tibetan Buddhist believer uses a selfie stick on the hill near the Larung Wuming Buddhist Institute...
An ethnic Tibetan Buddhist believer uses a selfie stick on the hill near the Larung Wuming Buddhist Institute where people gather to listen to monks' teachings in remote Sertar county, Garze Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture, Sichuan province, China early October 31, 2015.REUTERS/Damir Sagolj
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November 03, 2015
Tibetan Buddhist monks pray at Buddhist laymen lodge where thousands of people gather for daily chanting...
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Tibetan Buddhist monks pray at Buddhist laymen lodge during the Utmost Bliss Dharma Assembly in remote...
Tibetan Buddhist monks pray at Buddhist laymen lodge where thousands of people gather for daily chanting session during the Utmost Bliss Dharma Assembly, the last of the four Dharma assemblies at Larung Wuming Buddhist Institute in remote Sertar county, Garze Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture, Sichuan province, China October 30, 2015. REUTERS/Damir Sagolj
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November 03, 2015
A woman prays as ethnic Tibetan people gather in sub zero temperatures on the hill above a Buddhist laymen...
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Woman prays as ethnic Tibetan people gather in sub zero temperatures on the hill above a Buddhist laymen...
A woman prays as ethnic Tibetan people gather in sub zero temperatures on the hill above a Buddhist laymen lodge for daily chanting session during the Utmost Bliss Dharma Assembly, the last of the four Dharma assemblies at Larung Wuming Buddhist Institute in remote Sertar county, Garze Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture, Sichuan province, China November 1, 2015. REUTERS/Damir Sagolj
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