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Dunhuang of China.

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   Labrang is the shifted sound of “Lazhang" in Tibetan language, which means the location of temple. Located in the west of Xiahe County, Gannan Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture in Gansu Province, Labrang Monastery faces the Dragon Mountain and leans against the Phoenix Mountain. With such superior geographical position, Labrang Monastery looks like a fish in the gold basin of water. The monastery was founded in 1710 by the first generation Living Buddha Jamyang Rinpoche. Having been repaired and rebuilt, it is the largest Tibetan religion and culture center in Gansu, Qinghai and Sichuan Provinces. It is honored as “World Class Institute of Tibetan Culture". Labrang Monastery has six institutes: the Institute of Esoteric Buddhism, the Institute of Medicine, Institute of Astrology and Institute of Law, Upper Tantra Institute and Lower Tantra Institute. Its Buddhism teaching system is the most complete among the monasteries in Mongolian and Tibetan regions. There are 10,000 ethnical relics and Buddhist artworks, 16 giant gilded or sandalwood Buddha over 8 meters tall in the temple halls. Also there are innumerable small and medium-sized Buddha, Bodhisattva, Pagodas and ritual instruments with various materials on display. Apart from clothing of Jamyangs’ of the past generations and other articles of daily use, the imperial edicts, seals, letters of conferring orders, inscribed boards, thousand-Buddha tree, pearl pagoda, jade ruyi (auspicious jade carving ornament), aerolite, hippocampal teeth which were presented by emperors are also enshrined in the Monastery.

  Large-scale summons ceremonies are held in Labrang Monastery from January 4th to 17th, and from June 29th to July 15th of Chinese lunar calendar every year. The most spectacular activities are the Sunbathing Buddha Festival and debating on Buddhist scriptures, which are held respectively in January 13th and July 8th of lunar calendar.