World’s Largest Tibetan Buddhist Institute Ravaged by Fire

A dozen structures destroyed

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Ten of thousands monks and nuns live in these red log cabins in Seda Larong Wuming Buddhist Institute, the largest and most influential center for the study of Tibetan Buddhism in the world, situated in Larung valley, Seda county, Garze (Ganzi) Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture, Sichuan, China.

A huge fire has destroyed more than a dozen buildings at Seda Larung Wuming, the world’s largest Tibetan Buddhist institute in Garze Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture, Sichuan province, China.

The fire broke out at 7.30 p.m. on Thursday and around 450 people joined the rescue operations, where uniformed personnel could be seen working through the debris side by side with people in Buddhist robes.

Seda Larung Wuming was founded in 1980 and every year attracts thousands of students, who undertake six to thirteen years of training. Reports on Chinese social media network Sina Weibo said that fires had been reported before at the site, which is mainly made up of wooden structures.