The Seda Larung Wuming Tibetan Buddhist Institute in China's Garze Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture (at an altitude of 3,700 meters) is the largest Tibetan Buddhist school in the world. Founded in 1980, it consists of a few main buildings and a tens of thousands of small dormitories built on the surrounding hillsides that house up to 40,000 monks and nuns who come from different schools of Tibetan Buddhism: Nyingma, Gelug, Sakya and Kagyu. Students usually take six years to complete the formal training. Higher levels of training can take 13 years.
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