Arrived in Lharong Monastery, the largest in the world. WOW, OMG!!!! A centre for Buddhist study and contemplation, 3000 monks and 8,000 nuns study here.
The monastery operates on the Buddhist Rime principle – all sects accepted and considered equal and important. Open mindedness and debate are the order of the day.
The Chinese bulldozed monk and nun homes outside a prescribed boundary, limiting monastery size but it is still the largest in the world. The height and land area of construction work has been limited by the Chinese (more control measures!)
Unfortunately, community sanitation is desperate. Communal drop pits and the side of foot paths are used. The local Doctor paid to set herself up – she has a surgery but no running water!!! Again an interesting thought – the Chinese control and proscribe but don’t seem to be managing the most essential of human needs – good sanitation. Wonder why?