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Tibetan Buddhist Life in LabrangM Lama Temple

The daily life of monks in LabrangM Lama Temple can be summarized into a sentence: A temple, also a school, is used for monks' busy learning and self-meditation of Buddhist sutras. The grand and well-decorated Tibetan-style LabrangM Lama Temple is located at suburb of Xiahe County, South Gansu Tibetan Autonomous Region of Northwest China. LabrangM in Tibetan language means the Palace of Monks. LabrangM Lama Temple has more than 300 years of history. Boasted one of six Gulug(Yellow hat) Schools of Lama Monasteries in China, LabrangM temple has the same reputation as Dreprung Monastery, Sera Monastery, Gandan Monastery and Tashilhunpo Monastery in Tibet as well as Ta'er Monastery of Qinghai Province.

Through more than 300 years' development, this Tibetan lama temple has become one of the top lama temples famous for its preserved amount of sutras and the influence of sutra academic research. It is not easy to be a formal monk of LabrangM Lama Temple. The candidates have to attend at the strict entrance examination on condition that their parents agree, and also a lot of monks should wait a long time (generally several years) till their entry.

LabrangM Lama Temple has six faculties comprised of Philosophy School, Medicine School, two Astronmy Schools and two Mizong Schools. Philosophy school among six has the longest study time and the most subjects. Monk students usually have to spend 15 or 30 years in passing 13 examinations, subsequently they can smoothly graduate from faculty.

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