Wednesday, November 22, 2017
Located in the remote, mountainous area of china’s garze tibetan autonomous prefecture, Larung Gar is the largest buddhist settlement in the world, with 40,000 monks and nuns drawn to its Larung Wuming Buddhist Institute for study.
Living like ants in tightly packed wooden huts spreading over and up the hilly terrain, conditions for the village residents are basic, with the segregated monks and nuns sharing communal toilets, and huts left unheated throughout the harsh winter months.
Established by an influential lama of the Nyingma tradition some thirty years ago in a then uninhabited valley, the settlement quickly grew, attracting a mix a students from China, Taiwan, Singapore and Malaysia.
The settlement welcomes everyone, including the Tibetan buddhist nomads seen in several photos, with the monks and nuns living off donations and revenue from a guest house built for those who make the twenty hour coach ride from Chengdu.
It's just amazing that this lake of fire and lava heaves and throbs away for years, venting the energy of some underground inferno.
Here we have two areas of spattering, caused in turn by large bursting gas bubbles, which come to the surface and pop. They're Pele's burps.
Interestingly, the surface crust tends to flow into the spattering area, where it sinks. This migration can produce rips and tears of the lava lake crust as it approaches the chaotic spattering zone.