Labrang Monastery

The Labrang Monestary in Xiahe, China, is one of the six major Tibetan monasteries of the Yellow Hat sect of Tibetan Buddhism. Founded in 1709 by the first Jamyang Zhaypa, Ngawang Tsondru, it is Tibetan Buddhism's most important monastery outside of the Tibetan Autonomous Region.

Once home to 4000 monks, its ranks were decimated by the Cultural Revolution. Since then, its population has grown to ~500, the largest number of monks outside of Tibet.

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