Higher learning, November 4

4 Nov 2015

A small place of learning set up 35 years ago in Sichuan has grown into one of the biggest centres in the world to study Tibetan Buddhism. From just 30 students in 1980, the Larung Wuming Buddhist Institute is now surrounded by small houses and log cabins occupied by tens of thousands of monks, nuns and lay students. The institute also attracts crowds of visitors during festivals, often in sub-zero temperatures, who take part in chanting sessions and listen to religious teachings. These images, by Reuters, capture the world of devotees in this remote community 4,000 metres above sea level in Sertar county, Garze Tibetan autonomous prefecture.