Bliss Dharma Assembly

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Bliss Dharma Assembly

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Thousands of Tibetan Buddhist monks and nuns recently gathered for the annual Bliss Dharma Assembly in remote China to mark Buddha’s descent from the heavens. The gathering was held at the Larung Wuming Buddhist Institute, widely regarded as the world’s largest and most influential center for Tibetan Buddhist studies.–By Lloyd Young
Tibetan Buddhist monks and nuns walk home from the annual Bliss Dharma Assembly at the Larung Wuming Buddhist Institute on Nov. 1 in Sertar county, in the remote Garze Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture, Sichuan province, China. The last of four annual assemblies, the week long annual gathering takes place in the ninth month of the Tibetan calendar and marks Buddha’s descent from the heavens. Located high in the mountains of Sichuan, the Larung Wuming Buddhist Institute was founded in 1980 by an influential lama of the Nyingma sect and is widely regarded as the world’s largest and most influential centres for Tibetan Buddhist studies. The school is home to thousands of monks and nuns and is popular for followers from all over the Tibetan areas and other parts of China. (Kevin Frayer/Getty Images)
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A Tibetan Buddhist monk prays with lay people on a hillside during a morning chanting session as part of the annual Bliss Dharma Assembly at the Larung Wuming Buddhist Institute on Oct. 30. (Kevin Frayer/Getty Images)
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A Tibetan Buddhist nomad boy is seen at the annual Bliss Dharma Assembly at the Larung Wuming Buddhist Institute on Oct. 30 in Sertar county. (Kevin Frayer/Getty Images)
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Monks and nuns walk across a steep hill back to their dormitory after attending a daily chanting session during the Utmost Bliss Dharma Assembly, the last of the four Dharma assemblies at Larung Wuming Buddhist Institute in remote Sertar county, Garze Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture, Sichuan province, China early Nov. 1. The eight-day gathering of people chanting mantras and listening to teachings of monks starts every year around the 22nd of the ninth month on Tibetan calendar, the great day of Buddha’s descending from Tushita Heavens. (Damir Sagolj/Reuters)
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A Tibetan Buddhist woman prostrates at a monastery above the annual Bliss Dharma Assembly at the Larung Wuming Buddhist Institute on Nov. 1 in Sertar county, in the remote Garze Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture, Sichuan province, China. (Kevin Frayer/Getty Images)
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Tibetan Buddhist nuns carry tea as others sit during a morning chanting session at the annual Bliss Dharma Assembly at the Larung Wuming Buddhist Institute on Oct. 31. (Kevin Frayer/Getty Images)
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A Tibetan Buddhist monks spins a prayer wheel at Buddhist laymen lodge where thousands of people gather for daily chanting session during the Utmost Bliss Dharma Assembly, the last of the four Dharma assemblies on Oct. 31. (Damir Sagolj/Reuters)
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A Tibetan Buddhist walks through smoke froom juniper bruned as a blessing on his way to a morning chanting on Oct. 31. (Kevin Frayer/Getty Images)
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Tibetan Buddhist monks and nuns walk back to their dormitories after attending a daily chanting session during the Utmost Bliss Dharma Assembly on Nov. 1. (Damir Sagolj/Reuters)
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Tibetan Buddhist nuns prepare butter lamps during the annual Bliss Dharma Assembly at the Larung Wuming Buddhist Institute on Oct. 31. (Kevin Frayer/Getty Images)
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Tibetan Buddhist nomads cook and stay warm by candlelight at dusk following a chanting session on Oct. 31. (Kevin Frayer/Getty Images)
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A Tibetan Buddhist nomad reads a religious book by candlelight in his tent following a chanting session as part of the annual Bliss Dharma Assembly at the Larung Wuming Buddhist Institute on Oct. 31. (Kevin Frayer/Getty Images)
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Tibetan Buddhist nomads are blessed with juniper smoke as they pray at the annual Bliss Dharma Assembly at the Larung Wuming Buddhist Institute on Nov. 1. (Kevin Frayer/Getty Images)
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A Tibetan Buddhist monk spins a prayer wheel on a hillside following a chanting session on Oct. 31. (Kevin Frayer/Getty Images)
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A Tibetan Buddhist nomad woman prepares tea at dusk following a chanting session as part of the annual Bliss Dharma Assembly on Oct. 31. (Kevin Frayer/Getty Images)
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Tibetan Buddhist nomads listen during a prayer session on Nov. 1. (Kevin Frayer/Getty Images)
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A Tibetan Buddhist monk takes pictures with his smartphone of a daily chanting session at a Buddhist laymen lodge on Oct. 30. (Damir Sagolj/Reuters)
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Tibetan Buddhist nomads rush passed a large prayer wheel outside the annual Bliss Dharma Assembly at the Larung Wuming Buddhist Institute on Oct. 30. (Kevin Frayer/Getty Images)
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Tibetan Buddhist monks and nuns make tea from yak butter and milk before a morning chanting session at the annual Bliss Dharma Assembly on Oct. 31. (Kevin Frayer/Getty Images)
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Tibetan Buddhist nomads drink tea at dusk following a chanting session as part of the annual Bliss Dharma Assembly at the Larung Wuming Buddhist Institute on Oct. 31. (Kevin Frayer/Getty Images)
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A Tibetan Buddhist monk looks from inside a Buddhist laymen lodge where thousands of people gather for daily chanting session during the Utmost Bliss Dharma Assembly, the last of the four Dharma assemblies at Larung Wuming Buddhist Institute in remote Sertar county, Garze Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture, Sichuan province, China as the sun comes out on Oct. 30. (Damir Sagolj/Reuters)
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Tibetan Buddhist monks pray during a chanting session as part of the annual Bliss Dharma Assembly at the Larung Wuming Buddhist Institute on Oct. 30. (Kevin Frayer/Getty Images)
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A Tibetan Buddhist nomad spins a prayer wheel, or mani khor-lo, as he sits on a hillside during the annual Bliss Dharma Assembly at the Larung Wuming Buddhist Institute on Oct. 30. (Kevin Frayer/Getty Images)
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A Tibetan Buddhist nomad carries his daughter in the crowd on a hillside during the annual Bliss Dharma Assembly at the Larung Wuming Buddhist Institute on Oct. 31 in Sertar county, in the remote Garze Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture, Sichuan province, China. The last of four annual assemblies, the week long annual gathering takes place in the ninth month of the Tibetan calendar and marks Buddha’s descent from the heavens. Located high in the mountains of Sichuan, the Larung Wuming Buddhist Institute was founded in 1980 by an influential lama of the Nyingma sect and is widely regarded as the world’s largest and most influential centres for Tibetan Buddhist studies. The school is home to thousands of monks and nuns and is popular for followers from all over the Tibetan areas and other parts of China. (Kevin Frayer/Getty Images)

 

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