Kham/Larung Gar

Kham / Tibetan Autonomous Region is one of the most exceptional beautiful places I have ever been. The landscape is breathtaking with its snow covered high peaks and endless wide lush green hills. And right now the Tibetan Buddhist Culture is rekindling there again, which was touching to see.

Of course going to Kham has many different layers of approaching to it. Politically it was and is still a very much troubled region. So many monasteries, holy places and the like were destroyed during the cultural revolution (a given name by the Chinese, because actually it is nothing else than exploitation of resources by the Chinese and in fact they are mostly longing for the vast water supplies in Tibet for their unnatural fast economic development) and the problems are ongoing. But now it seems calmer and despite that the Chinese political leaders have made some of their wished adjustments, exploitation took and takes place and communist structures are perceptible, it is on the other hand wonderful to see that now again many monasteries in Kham are and were reconstructed and cared for deeply. The nuns and monks are undertaking their study very disciplined, serious and eager and the Tibetan people seemed not to have lost their devotion for their religion.

Larung Gar is propably the largest religious institute existing and more than 10,000 monks and nuns live there. Khenpo Jigme Phuntsok founded the Larung Gar Buddhist Institute in 1980 in Larung Valley near Serthar in Sichuan Province. This site was chosen because of its history as a sacred place in Vajrayana and it was originated especially for the urgent need for renewal of Tibetan Buddhist study and meditation after the Cultural Revolution in Tibet, for revitalizing the Dharma for the benefit of sentient beings. Despite the vastness of this place it is still not mentioned on maps, neither in any guidebooks or travel books.