Huge fire breaks out in Tibet at world’s largest Buddhist institute

Chinese media are reporting that a huge fire has destroyed more than a dozen buildings at the Serthar Buddhist institute in Amdo, Tibet (politically part of China’s Sichuan Province). Serthar, also known as Larung Gar, was founded in 1980 by the renowned Nyingma lama Khenpo Jigme Phuntsok Rinpoche, and despite widespread demolition by Chinese authorities in 2001, has grown into the largest Buddhist study and practice institution in the world. Remarkably, given that upwards of 10,000 monks and nuns, and many more lay practitioners, are in residence at any given time, there have been no reported casualties. It took around 450 responders to bring the blaze under control, and the cause is being said to still be under investigation.

To learn more about Serthar, and to view a series of panoramic images of its remote valley location, see our post from June of last year.

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