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Tibetan pilgrims: prayers, chants and utmost bliss
cated some 4000 metres above the sea level Larung Wuming Buddhist 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.
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November 03, 2015
Tibetan prayer flags flutter above the Larung valley, October 30, 2015. The Larung Wuming Buddhist Institute,...
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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, October 30, 2015. The Larung Wuming Buddhist Institute, located some 3700 to 4000 meters 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 centers to study Tibetan Buddhism in the world. 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, October 30, 2015. REUTERS/Damir Sagolj
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November 03, 2015
Tibetan Buddhist monks and nuns walk back to their dormitories after attending a daily chanting session...
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Tibetan Buddhist monks and nuns walk back to their dormitories after attending a daily chanting session...
Tibetan Buddhist monks and nuns walk back to their dormitories 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 November 1, 2015. The eight-day gathering of people chanting mantras and listening to teachings of monks starts every year around the 22nd of the ninth month on Tibetan calendar, the great day of Buddha's Descending from Tushita Heavens. 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. Picture taken November 1, 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, 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, November 1, 2015. REUTERS/Damir Sagolj
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November 03, 2015
Tibetan Buddhist nuns protect themselves from sub zero temperatures with yak butter tea and warm clothes...
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Tibetan Buddhist nuns protect themselves from sub zero temperatures with yak butter tea and warm clothes...
Tibetan Buddhist nuns protect themselves from sub zero temperatures with yak butter tea and warm clothes as they wait for morning chanting session to begin at 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 November 1, 2015. The eight-day gathering starts every year around the 22nd of the ninth month on Tibetan calendar, the great day of Buddha's Descending from Tushita Heavens. 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. Picture taken November 1, 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...
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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. The eight-day gathering of people chanting mantras and listening to teachings of monks starts every year around the 22nd of the ninth month on Tibetan calendar, the great day of Buddha's Descending from Tushita Heavens. REUTERS/Damir Sagolj
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November 03, 2015
Frost remains on a prayer wheel, traditional Tibetan hat and monks robes as people gather in sub zero...
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Frost remains on a prayer wheel, traditional Tibetan hat and monks robes as people gather in sub zero...
Frost remains on a prayer wheel, traditional Tibetan hat and monks robes as people gather in sub zero temperature at Buddhist laymen lodge 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. The eight-day gathering starts every year around the 22nd of the ninth month on Tibetan calendar, the great day of Buddha's Descending from Tushita Heavens. 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. Picture taken November 1, 2015. REUTERS/Damir Sagolj
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November 03, 2015
A boy joins other ethnic Tibetan people in praying as the sun comes out from behind the hill above a...
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A boy joins other ethnic Tibetan people in praying as the sun comes out from behind the hill above a...
A boy joins other ethnic Tibetan people in praying as the sun comes out from behind 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 November 1, 2015. The eight-day gathering of people chanting mantras and listening to teachings of monks starts every year around the 22nd of the ninth month on Tibetan calendar, the great day of Buddha's Descending from Tushita Heavens. 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. Picture taken 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. The eight-day gathering of people chanting mantras and listening to teachings of monks starts every year around the 22nd of the ninth month on Tibetan calendar, the great day of Buddha's Descending from Tushita Heavens. 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. Picture taken October 30, 2015. REUTERS/Damir Sagolj TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
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November 03, 2015
An ethnic Tibetan man prays at a monastery above the Larung Wuming Buddhist Institute, October 30, 2015....
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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, 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, November 1, 2015. In early afternoons, on a hill near famous Larung Wuming Buddhist Institute, relatives and onlookers gather for sky burials in which bodies of deceased people are offered to vultures to prey upon it. Such burials are practiced by some Tibetans and Mongolian in China as an extreme type of Buddhist's "self-sacrifice almsgiving". It is believed that feeding vultures with decomposed corpse of relatives on top of a mountain is a respectful to pay tribute to their passed-away beloved ones. REUTERS/Damir Sagolj
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November 03, 2015
Vultures come from skies for a sky burial near the Larung valley located some 3700 to 4000 metres above...
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Vultures come from skies for a sky burial near the Larung valley located some 3700 to 4000 metres above...
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. In early afternoons, on a hill near famous Larung Wuming Buddhist Institute relatives and onlookers gather for sky burials in which bodies of deceased people are offered to vultures to prey upon it. Such burials are practiced by some Tibetans and Mongolian in China as an extreme type of Buddhist's "self-sacrifice almsgiving". It is believed that feeding vultures with decomposed corpse of relatives on top of a mountain is a respectful to pay tribute to their passed-away beloved ones. Picture taken October 31, 2015. REUTERS/Damir Sagolj
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November 03, 2015
Vultures fly over an ethnic Tibetan woman from Kham area wearing traditional amber headwear during a...
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Vultures fly over an ethnic Tibetan woman from Kham area wearing traditional amber headwear during a...
Vultures fly over an ethnic Tibetan woman from Kham area wearing traditional amber headwear 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. In early afternoons, on a hill near famous Larung Wuming Buddhist Institute relatives and onlookers gather for sky burials in which bodies of deceased people are offered to vultures to prey upon it. Such burials are practiced by some Tibetans and Mongolian in China as an extreme type of Buddhist's "self-sacrifice almsgiving". It is believed that feeding vultures with decomposed corpse of relatives on top of a mountain is a respectful to pay tribute to their passed-away beloved ones. Picture taken November 1, 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, October 30, 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, 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, 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, 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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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, November 1, 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, October 30, 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, October 31, 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, October 30, 2015. REUTERS/Damir Sagolj
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November 03, 2015
Fake human skulls are placed inside a room at the site for sky burials near the Larung valley located...
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Fake human skulls are placed inside a room at the site for sky burials near the Larung valley located...
Fake human skulls are 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. In early afternoons, on a hill near famous Larung Wuming Buddhist Institute relatives and onlookers gather for sky burials in which bodies of deceased people are offered to vultures to prey upon it. Such burials are practiced by some Tibetans and Mongolian in China as an extreme type of Buddhist's "self-sacrifice almsgiving". It is believed that feeding vultures with decomposed corpses of relatives on top of a mountain is a respectful way to pay tribute to their passed-away beloved ones. Picture taken October 31, 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, October 30, 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, October 30, 2015. REUTERS/Damir Sagolj
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