Wallfahrtsort der buddhistischen Mönche

Der Fotograf Kevin Frayer begleitete buddhistische Mönche während der einwöchigen Dharma-Versammlung in Sertar, der tibetischen autonomen Präfektur in Sichuan, China. Der Ort befindet sich circa 4000 Meter über dem Meeresspiegel und wurde 1980 von Khenpo Jigme Phuntsok, einem einflussreichen Lama der Nyingma-Schule mit rund 30 Studenten, gegründet.

SERTAR, CHINA - OCTOBER 30: A Tibetan Buddhist nun walks passed dwellings on her way to a chanting session as part of the annual Bliss Dharma Assembly at the Larung Wuming Buddhist Institute on October 30, 2015 in Sertar county, in the remote Garze Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture, Sichuan province, China. The last of four annual assemblies, the week long annual gathering takes place in the ninth month of the Tibetan calendar and marks Buddha's descent from the heavens. Located high in the mountains of Sichuan, the Larung Wuming Buddhist Institute was founded in 1980 by an influential lama of the Nyingma sect and is widely regarded as the world's largest and most influential centres for Tibetan Buddhist studies. The school is home to thousands of monks and nuns and is popular for followers from all over the Tibetan areas and other parts of China. (Photo by Kevin Frayer/Getty Images)

Eine tibetisch-buddhistische Nonne auf ihrem Weg zur vierteljährlichen Versammlung Bliss Dharma am Larung Wuming Buddhist Institute. Das einwöchige Treffen im neunten Monat des tibetischen Kalenders begeht Buddhas Abstieg vom Himmel.

SERTAR, CHINA - OCTOBER 30: A Tibetan Buddhist monk prays with lay people on a hillside during a morning chanting session as part of the annual Bliss Dharma Assembly at the Larung Wuming Buddhist Institute on October 30, 2015 in Sertar county, in the remote Garze Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture, Sichuan province, China. The last of four annual assemblies, the week long annual gathering takes place in the ninth month of the Tibetan calendar and marks Buddha's descent from the heavens. Located high in the mountains of Sichuan, the Larung Wuming Buddhist Institute was founded in 1980 by an influential lama of the Nyingma sect and is widely regarded as the world's largest and most influential centres for Tibetan Buddhist studies. The school is home to thousands of monks and nuns and is popular for followers from all over the Tibetan areas and other parts of China. (Photo by Kevin Frayer/Getty Images)

Ein Mönch betet mit Laien auf einem Hügel während des morgendlichen Ritus mit Gesang.

SERTAR, CHINA - OCTOBER 30: Tibetan Buddhist monks, nuns and lay-people walk home from a chanting session as part of the annual Bliss Dharma Assembly at the Larung Wuming Buddhist Institute on October 30, 2015 in Sertar county, in the remote Garze Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture, Sichuan province, China. The last of four annual assemblies, the week long annual gathering takes place in the ninth month of the Tibetan calendar and marks Buddha's descent from the heavens. Located high in the mountains of Sichuan, the Larung Wuming Buddhist Institute was founded in 1980 by an influential lama of the Nyingma sect and is widely regarded as the world's largest and most influential centres for Tibetan Buddhist studies. The school is home to thousands of monks and nuns and is popular for followers from all over the Tibetan areas and other parts of China. (Photo by Kevin Frayer/Getty Images)

Das Larung Wuming Buddhist Institute wurde 1980 von einem einflussreichen Lama der Nyingma-Sekte gegründet und ist weltweit das grösste und einflussreichste Zentrum für tibetisch-buddhistische Lehren.

SERTAR, CHINA - OCTOBER 30: Tibetan Buddhist monks gather during a morning chanting session as part of the annual Bliss Dharma Assembly at the Larung Wuming Buddhist Institute on October 30, 2015 in Sertar county, in the remote Garze Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture, Sichuan province, China. The last of four annual assemblies, the week long annual gathering takes place in the ninth month of the Tibetan calendar and marks Buddha's descent from the heavens. Located high in the mountains of Sichuan, the Larung Wuming Buddhist Institute was founded in 1980 by an influential lama of the Nyingma sect and is widely regarded as the world's largest and most influential centres for Tibetan Buddhist studies. The school is home to thousands of monks and nuns and is popular for followers from all over the Tibetan areas and other parts of China. (Photo by Kevin Frayer/Getty Images)

Das Institut ist Heimat für Tausende von Mönchen und Nonnen und ist bei Anfängern aus ganz Tibet und Teilen Chinas sehr beliebt.

SERTAR, CHINA - OCTOBER 30: Tibetan Buddhist monks pray during a chanting session as part of the annual Bliss Dharma Assembly at the Larung Wuming Buddhist Institute on October 30, 2015 in Sertar county, in the remote Garze Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture, Sichuan province, China. The last of four annual assemblies, the week long annual gathering takes place in the ninth month of the Tibetan calendar and marks Buddha's descent from the heavens. Located high in the mountains of Sichuan, the Larung Wuming Buddhist Institute was founded in 1980 by an influential lama of the Nyingma sect and is widely regarded as the world's largest and most influential centres for Tibetan Buddhist studies. The school is home to thousands of monks and nuns and is popular for followers from all over the Tibetan areas and other parts of China. (Photo by Kevin Frayer/Getty Images)
SERTAR, CHINA - OCTOBER 30: Tibetan Buddhists carry the body of a relative as they circumbulate a monastery before sky burial at the Larung Wuming Buddhist Institute on October 30, 2015 in Sertar county, in the remote Garze Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture, Sichuan province, China. The last of four annual assemblies, the week long annual gathering takes place in the ninth month of the Tibetan calendar and marks Buddha's descent from the heavens. Located high in the mountains of Sichuan, the Larung Wuming Buddhist Institute was founded in 1980 by an influential lama of the Nyingma sect and is widely regarded as the world's largest and most influential centres for Tibetan Buddhist studies. The school is home to thousands of monks and nuns and is popular for followers from all over the Tibetan areas and other parts of China. (Photo by Kevin Frayer/Getty Images)

Tibetische Buddhisten tragen den Körper eines Verwandten zur Himmelsbestattung.

SERTAR, CHINA - NOVEMBER 1: A Tibetan Buddhist woman prostrates at a monastery above the annual Bliss Dharma Assembly at the Larung Wuming Buddhist Institute on November 1, 2015 in Sertar county, in the remote Garze Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture, Sichuan province, China. The last of four annual assemblies, the week long annual gathering takes place in the ninth month of the Tibetan calendar and marks Buddha's descent from the heavens. Located high in the mountains of Sichuan, the Larung Wuming Buddhist Institute was founded in 1980 by an influential lama of the Nyingma sect and is widely regarded as the world's largest and most influential centres for Tibetan Buddhist studies. The school is home to thousands of monks and nuns and is popular for followers from all over the Tibetan areas and other parts of China. (Photo by Kevin Frayer/Getty Images)

Eine Gläubige wirft sich betend zu Boden.

A boy joins other ethnic Tibetan people in praying as the sun comes out from behind the hill above a Buddhist laymen lodge where thousands of monks and nuns gather for morning chanting session during the Utmost Bliss Dharma Assembly, the last of the four Dharma assemblies at Larung Wuming Buddhist Institute in remote Sertar county, Garze Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture, Sichuan province, China November 1, 2015. The eight-day gathering of people chanting mantras and listening to teachings of monks starts every year around the 22rd of the ninth month on Tibetan calendar, the great day of BuddhaÕs Descending from Tushita Heavens. The Larung Wuming Buddhist Institute, located some 3700 to 4000 metres above the sea level was founded in 1980 by Khenpo Jigme Phuntsok, an influential lama of Nyingma sect of Tibetan buddhism with only around 30 students but is now widely known as one of the biggest centres to study Tibetan Buddhism in the world. Picture taken November 1, 2015. REUTERS/Damir Sagolj

Ein Junge beobachtet die Masse, während hinter den Hügeln die Sonne aufgeht.

SERTAR, CHINA - OCTOBER 30: Tibetan Buddhist nomads rush passed a large prayer wheel outside the annual Bliss Dharma Assembly at the Larung Wuming Buddhist Institute on October 30, 2015 in Sertar county, in the remote Garze Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture, Sichuan province, China. The last of four annual assemblies, the week long annual gathering takes place in the ninth month of the Tibetan calendar and marks Buddha's descent from the heavens. Located high in the mountains of Sichuan, the Larung Wuming Buddhist Institute was founded in 1980 by an influential lama of the Nyingma sect and is widely regarded as the world's largest and most influential centres for Tibetan Buddhist studies. The school is home to thousands of monks and nuns and is popular for followers from all over the Tibetan areas and other parts of China. (Photo by Kevin Frayer/Getty Images)

Tibetisch-buddhistische Nomaden eilen zum Gebet.

SERTAR, CHINA - OCTOBER 30: The Larung Wuming Buddhist Institute is seen on October 30, 2015 in the Larung Valley of Sertar county, in the remote Garze Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture, Sichuan province, China. Located high in the mountains of Sichuan, the Larung Wuming Buddhist Institute was founded in 1980 by an influential lama of the Nyingma sect and is widely regarded as the world's largest and most influential centre for Tibetan Buddhist studies. The school is home to thousands of monks and nuns and is popular for followers from all over the Tibetan areas and other parts of China. (Photo by Kevin Frayer/Getty Images)

Das Larung Wuming Buddhist Institute.

SERTAR, CHINA - OCTOBER 30: Dwellings where Tibetan Buddhist nuns and monks live are seen on a hillside at Larung Wuming Buddhist Institute on October 30, 2015 in Sertar county, in the remote Garze Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture, Sichuan province, China. Located high in the mountains of Sichuan, the Larung Wuming Buddhist Institute was founded in 1980 by an influential lama of the Nyingma sect and is widely regarded as the world's largest and most influential centre for Tibetan Buddhist studies. The school is home to thousands of monks and nuns and is popular for followers from all over the Tibetan areas and other parts of China. (Photo by Kevin Frayer/Getty Images)

Wohnungen, in denen tibetisch-buddhistische Nonnen und Mönche leben.

A Tibetan Buddhist monk protects himself from the smell of decomposing bodies as vultures come from skies for a sky burial near the Larung valley located some 3700 to 4000 metres above the sea level in Sertar county, Garze Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture, Sichuan province, China October 31, 2015. In early afternoons, on a hill near famous Larung Wuming Buddhist Institute relatives and onlookers gather for sky burials in which bodies of deceased people are offered to vultures to prey upon it. Such burials are practiced by some Tibetans and Mongolian in China as an extreme type of Buddhist's "self-sacrifice almsgiving". It is believed that feeding vultures with decomposed corpse of relatives on top of a mountain is a respectful to pay tribute to their passed-away beloved ones. Picture taken October 31, 2015. REUTERS/Damir Sagolj

Für die einen Leid, die Geier freuts: Ein Mönch schützt sich vor dem Geruch von verwesten Leichen.

A Tibetan Buddhist monk take pictures with his smartphone of a daily chanting session at a Buddhist laymen lodge during the Utmost Bliss Dharma Assembly, the last of the four Dharma assemblies at Larung Wuming Buddhist Institute in remote Sertar county, Garze Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture, Sichuan province, China early October 30, 2015. The eight-day gathering of people chanting mantras and listening to teachings of monks starts every year around the 22rd of the ninth month on Tibetan calendar, the great day of Buddha's Descending from Tushita Heavens. The Larung Wuming Buddhist Institute, located some 3700 to 4000 metres above the sea level was founded in 1980 by Khenpo Jigme Phuntsok, an influential lama of Nyingma sect of Tibetan buddhism with only around 30 students but is now widely known as one of the biggest centres to study Tibetan Buddhism in the world. Picture taken October 30, 2015. REUTERS/Damir Sagolj TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY

Die Moderne ist unaufhaltbar.

SERTAR, CHINA - OCTOBER 31: Tibetan Buddhist nomads listen during the annual Bliss Dharma Assembly at the Larung Wuming Buddhist Institute on October 31, 2015 in Sertar county, in the remote Garze Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture, Sichuan province, China. The last of four annual assemblies, the week long annual gathering takes place in the ninth month of the Tibetan calendar and marks Buddha's descent from the heavens. Located high in the mountains of Sichuan, the Larung Wuming Buddhist Institute was founded in 1980 by an influential lama of the Nyingma sect and is widely regarded as the world's largest and most influential centres for Tibetan Buddhist studies. The school is home to thousands of monks and nuns and is popular for followers from all over the Tibetan areas and other parts of China. (Photo by Kevin Frayer/Getty Images)
SERTAR, CHINA - OCTOBER 30: Tibetan Buddhist monks pray during a morning chanting session as part of the annual Bliss Dharma Assembly at the Larung Wuming Buddhist Institute on October 30, 2015 in Sertar county, in the remote Garze Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture, Sichuan province, China. The last of four annual assemblies, the week long annual gathering takes place in the ninth month of the Tibetan calendar and marks Buddha's descent from the heavens. Located high in the mountains of Sichuan, the Larung Wuming Buddhist Institute was founded in 1980 by an influential lama of the Nyingma sect and is widely regarded as the world's largest and most influential centres for Tibetan Buddhist studies. The school is home to thousands of monks and nuns and is popular for followers from all over the Tibetan areas and other parts of China. (Photo by Kevin Frayer/Getty Images)

Bei der achttägigen Versammlung singen die Gläubigen Mantras und Lehren.

A Tibetan Buddhist nun spins a prayer wheel in sub zero temperatures at a Buddhist laymen lodge where thousands of people gather for daily chanting session during the Utmost Bliss Dharma Assembly, the last of the four Dharma assemblies at Larung Wuming Buddhist Institute in remote Sertar county, Garze Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture, Sichuan province, China November 1, 2015. The eight-day gathering of people chanting mantras and listening to teachings of monks starts every year around the 22nd of the ninth month on Tibetan calendar, the great day of Buddha's Descending from Tushita Heavens. The Larung Wuming Buddhist Institute, located some 3700 to 4000 metres above the sea level was founded in 1980 by Khenpo Jigme Phuntsok, an influential lama of Nyingma sect of Tibetan buddhism with only around 30 students but is now widely known as one of the biggest centres to study Tibetan Buddhism in the world. Picture taken November 1, 2015. REUTERS/Damir Sagolj

Eine Nonne dreht eine Gebetsmühle, bei Temparaturen unter null Grad. Eine Gebetsmühle, auch Mani-Mühle oder Mani-Rad genannt, ist eine Walze, die auf einer Papierrolle aufgedruckte Gebete oder Mantras enthält oder aussen mit solchen verziert ist.

SERTAR, CHINA - NOVEMBER 1: Tibetan Buddhist nomads are blessed with juniper smoke as they pray at the annual Bliss Dharma Assembly at the Larung Wuming Buddhist Institute on November 1, 2015 in Sertar county, in the remote Garze Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture, Sichuan province, China. The last of four annual assemblies, the week long annual gathering takes place in the ninth month of the Tibetan calendar and marks Buddha's descent from the heavens. Located high in the mountains of Sichuan, the Larung Wuming Buddhist Institute was founded in 1980 by an influential lama of the Nyingma sect and is widely regarded as the world's largest and most influential centres for Tibetan Buddhist studies. The school is home to thousands of monks and nuns and is popular for followers from all over the Tibetan areas and other parts of China. (Photo by Kevin Frayer/Getty Images)

Während der Gebete werden die Nomaden mit Wacholderrauch gesegnet.

SERTAR, CHINA - OCTOBER 31: A Tibetan Buddhist nomad woman prepares tea at dusk following a chanting session as part of the annual Bliss Dharma Assembly at the Larung Wuming Buddhist Institute on October 31, 2015 in Sertar county, in the remote Garze Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture, Sichuan province, China. The last of four annual assemblies, the week long annual gathering takes place in the ninth month of the Tibetan calendar and marks Buddha's descent from the heavens. Located high in the mountains of Sichuan, the Larung Wuming Buddhist Institute was founded in 1980 by an influential lama of the Nyingma sect and is widely regarded as the world's largest and most influential centres for Tibetan Buddhist studies. The school is home to thousands of monks and nuns and is popular for followers from all over the Tibetan areas and other parts of China. (Photo by Kevin Frayer/Getty Images)

Nach einer langen Gesangssitzung kocht sich eine Nomadin in der Abenddämmerung einen Krug Tee.

SERTAR, CHINA - NOVEMBER 1: A Tibetan Buddhist woman wears traditional stones in her hair at the annual Bliss Dharma Assembly at the Larung Wuming Buddhist Institute on November 1, 2015 in Sertar county, in the remote Garze Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture, Sichuan province, China. The last of four annual assemblies, the week long annual gathering takes place in the ninth month of the Tibetan calendar and marks Buddha's descent from the heavens. Located high in the mountains of Sichuan, the Larung Wuming Buddhist Institute was founded in 1980 by an influential lama of the Nyingma sect and is widely regarded as the world's largest and most influential centres for Tibetan Buddhist studies. The school is home to thousands of monks and nuns and is popular for followers from all over the Tibetan areas and other parts of China. (Photo by Kevin Frayer/Getty Images)

Eine Frau trägt einen traditionellen Haarschmuck aus Steinen.

SERTAR, CHINA - NOVEMBER 1: Tibetan Buddhist monks and nuns walk home from the annual Bliss Dharma Assembly at the Larung Wuming Buddhist Institute on November 1, 2015 in Sertar county, in the remote Garze Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture, Sichuan province, China. The last of four annual assemblies, the week long annual gathering takes place in the ninth month of the Tibetan calendar and marks Buddha's descent from the heavens. Located high in the mountains of Sichuan, the Larung Wuming Buddhist Institute was founded in 1980 by an influential lama of the Nyingma sect and is widely regarded as the world's largest and most influential centres for Tibetan Buddhist studies. The school is home to thousands of monks and nuns and is popular for followers from all over the Tibetan areas and other parts of China. (Photo by Kevin Frayer/Getty Images)
A Tibetan Buddhist monk takes pictures as monks and nuns walk across a steep hill back to their dormitory after attending a daily chanting session during the Utmost Bliss Dharma Assembly, the last of the four Dharma assemblies at Larung Wuming Buddhist Institute in remote Sertar county, Garze Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture, Sichuan province, China late November 1, 2015. The eight-day gathering of people chanting mantras and listening to teachings of monks starts every year around the 22rd of the ninth month on Tibetan calendar, the great day of Buddha's Descending from Tushita Heavens. The Larung Wuming Buddhist Institute, located some 3700 to 4000 metres above the sea level was founded in 1980 by Khenpo Jigme Phuntsok, an influential lama of Nyingma sect of Tibetan buddhism with only around 30 students but is now widely known as one of the biggest centres to study Tibetan Buddhism in the world. Picture taken November 1, 2015. REUTERS/Damir Sagolj

Nach einem intensiven Tag voller Eindrücke machen sich Nonnen und Mönche zu Fuss über einen steilen Hügeln zu ihren Schlafsaal.