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Labrang Monastery

Travel Guide Xiahe Labrang Monastery

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Introduction

Labrang Monastery in Xiahe (Gansu) was a scholastic monastery built in 1709 and at its height had over 4000 monks. Due to the events of the 20th century the numbers have dwindled to about 1200 monks. The monastery is home to several lamas and to 6 colleges, which ranges from the college of Esoteric Buddhism to Medicine and astrology. There is even a college on Law. Labrang Monastery is one of the few monasteries in the world where a monk can gain a Geshe Degree, which is the highest degree a Buddhist monk can earn. There is also a small nunnery attached to the monastery.

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