Seda Monastery



This photo taken on April 4, 2013 shows an elderly Buddhist nun carrying her dog in Seda Monastery, the largest Tibetan Buddhist school in the world, with up to 40,000 monks and nuns in residence for some parts of the year. Seda, known to Tibetans as Serthar is located in Ganzi prefecture in the west of China's Sichuan province and has become a hotbed of protests and violence since the Tibetan uprisings of March 2008. More than 110 Tibetans have set themselves alight since 2009, with most dying of their injuries, in demonstrations against what they view as Chinese oppression which Beijing rejects pointing to substantial investment in Tibet and other regions with large Tibetan populations, although critics say economic development has brought an influx of ethnic Han Chinese and eroded traditional Tibetan culture. (Photo by Peter Parks/AFP Photo)




This photo taken on April 5, 2013 shows Buddhist monks passing a yak in Seda Monastery, the largest Tibetan Buddhist school in the world, with up to 40,000 monks and nuns in residence for some parts of the year. (Photo by Peter Parks/AFP Photo)




This photo taken on April 4, 2013 shows apprentice Buddhist monks and nuns collecting water in Seda Monastery, the largest Tibetan Buddhist school in the world, with up to 40,000 monks and nuns in residence for some parts of the year. (Photo by Peter Parks/AFP Photo)




This photo taken on April 5, 2013 shows hundreds of small houses where monks and nuns live at Seda Monastery, the largest Tibetan Buddhist school in the world, with up to 40,000 monks and nuns in residence for some parts of the year. (Photo by Peter Parks/AFP Photo)




This photo taken on April 4, 2013 shows apprentice Buddhist monks leaving their shoes outside before a debating session in Seda Monastery, the largest Tibetan Buddhist school in the world, with up to 40,000 monks and nuns in residence for some parts of the year. (Photo by Peter Parks/AFP Photo)




This photo taken on April 5, 2013 shows hundreds of small houses where monks and nuns live at Seda Monastery, the largest Tibetan Buddhist school in the world, with up to 40,000 monks and nuns in residence for some parts of the year. (Photo by Peter Parks/AFP Photo)




This photo taken on April 5, 2013 shows Buddhist monks walking in front of the thousands of small houses where they live at Seda Monastery, the largest Tibetan Buddhist school in the world, with up to 40,000 monks and nuns in residence for some parts of the year. (Photo by Peter Parks/AFP Photo)




This photo taken on April 4, 2013 shows Buddhist nuns and monks walking through Seda Monastery, the largest Tibetan Buddhist school in the world, with up to 40,000 monks and nuns in residence for some parts of the year. (Photo by Peter Parks/AFP Photo)

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