1. A Tibetan Buddhist nun walks past dwellings on her way to a chanting session at the Larung Wuming Buddhist Institute.
2. A vulture casts a shadow over a man who attended a sky burial.
3. Fake human skulls are placed inside a room at the site for sky burials near the Larung valley.
4. Sky burials are practiced by some Tibetans and Mongolians in China as an extreme type of Buddhist’s ‘self-sacrifice almsgiving’.
5. Tibetan Buddhist monks, nuns and lay-people walk home from a chanting session as part of the annual Bliss Dharma Assembly.
6. A Tibetan Buddhist monk prays with lay people on a hillside during a morning chanting session.
7. Tibetan prayer flags, known as Lung-ta, flutter on a hillside above the Larung Wuming Buddhist Institute.
8. Monks and nuns walk across a steep hill back to their dormitory after attending a daily chanting session.
9. A Tibetan Buddhist nomad boy.
10. An ethnic Tibetan woman from the Kham area wears traditional amber and other stone headwear.
11. A Tibetan Buddhist monk take pictures with his smartphone of a daily chanting session at a Buddhist laymen lodge.
12. Women like to wear gold, silver and jade jewelry for the festival, and men often wear swords, bracelets and earrings.
13. The Institute was founded in 1980 by Khenpo Jigme Phuntsok, an influential lama of Nyingma sect of Tibetan Buddhism with only around 30 students.
It is now one of the biggest centers of Buddhism in the world. Today, tens of thousands monks and nuns live in small houses and log cabins surrounding the institute, possibly the largest religious institute in the world.