Larung Gar Buddhist Academy, Tibet, China 03 Mar 2017
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Khenpo Jigme Phuntsok founded the Larung Gar Buddhist Academy, Tibet, China, in 1980 shortly after the Chinese Cultural Revolution. It started out as a few people gathering at Khenpo’s home to understand Tibetan Buddhism; the existence of the faith, the influence and the application, in order to preserve and continue the religion into the future.
The meetings at Khenpo’s home rapidly grew and now the Larung Gar Buddhist Academy is now one of the biggest and most influential centres for teaching Tibetan Buddhism in the world, despite its remote location. The settlement is in excess of 40,000 people, mostly monks, nuns and Buddhist students.
Larung Gar Buddhist Academy is far from the tourist route in Tibet and despite not getting many, they do allow visitors. You can add a trip to Larung Gar to any of Insight Guides' Tibet holiday itineraries.