Serthar buddhist institute,Larong Wuming Buddhist Academy
Serthar, 'Seda' in Chinese, also called Sertar,Serta is a Tibetan pasturing area located in the northeast part of Ganzi Tibet Autonomous Prefecture of Sichuan, featured with grassland, lakes, rivers and Tibetan atmosphere in the plateau above 4000m in elevation. Serthar means 'Golden Horse' in Tibetan. Legend has it that horse-head-shaped gold was ever discovered in the vast beautiful grassland around, or there is a golden horse imbeded underneath.20km away from Serthar county seat, ascending along a valley called Larong Gou, it sees the splendid shrine of Serthar Buddhist Institute.
Larong Wuming Buddhist Academy is the world's largest active Tibetan Buddhist Academy, standing in the remote and steep alpine valley in Seda County, Ganzi Tibetan Prefecture, Sichuan Province, and about 780km away from Chengdu. It was built by the "living buddha" - Jin Mei Pengcuo in 1980.Nowadays, there are ten thousands of Lamas and Juemus living in thousands of red houses throughout the year in this spiritual valley. They study Buddhism each day in the Academy.
One is that the academy is open virtually to anyone, even at the time of Buddhism teaching, while entry is limited at most of monastery that exist in areas populated by Tibetans. The other one is that more than half of Buddhists who come here to study are women. The female followers are called as "Juemu" and the male is "Jueshi" or "Lama". Another one that the Buddhism is taught separately in Mandarin and Tibetan language. Among the over 10,000 students here, roughly 1,000 are taught in Mandarin because they are from motherland, Taiwan, Hong Kong and other countries like Singapore and Malaysia, while the majority from Tibetan areas are taught in Tibetan.
One of the most surprising elements of Serthar is that more than half of those who come to study are women. Entry is limited at the relatively small nunneries that exist in areas populated by Tibetans, but Serthar is open to virtually anyone who is a genuine student of Khenpo Jikphun's brand of Buddhism. Another surprise at Serthar is that it attracts ethnic Chinese students as well as Tibetans. Of the over 8,000 students here, roughly 1000 are ethnic Chinese and students from Taiwan, Hong Kong, Singapore, and Malaysia, who attend separate classes taught in Mandarin, while larger classes are taught in Tibetan.
Nearly every day, Tibetan monks and nuns wearing blood-red robes arrive at this distant outpost after a long trek through a forbidding range of mountains. Drawn by word that a brilliant teacher resides here, they climb a twisting path up a narrow valley to find a freshly built metropolis of Buddhist worship. It is a stunning sight in an otherwise barren setting and a potent symbol of the revival in Tibetan Buddhism under way here.
Serthar is a place where the Tibetan Buddhism is centralized, very well-known for the Serthar Buddhist Institution (also 'Larung Gar Buddhist Institution' or 'Wuming Buddhist Institution') in Larung Monastery.
Besides, there are some other small monsteries spreaded around. All belongs to the Red Hat. Seke, a town 1.5km from Serthar, holds the annual memorial ceremony for the tallest Buddhist Pagoda in the area in end of July of Tibetan calendar.
In Serthar, the average annual temperature is -1 degree, with sufficient sunlight, long winter and no summer.
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