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George Doupas & the Seda Monastery

George Doupas, from Athens, is just one of the last photographers to capture and talking about the Seda Monastery — the world’s largest school for Tibetan Buddhism. He stood just 200 metres away, to shot an amazing night view of that densely populated area. George now lives in Beijing, China and he knows all aspects of this place.

“The school for Tibetan Buddhism in Seda is simply unique. I have never seen something like this before in my life. The number of houses there just shows how people are drawn to this holy place. I wonder what this will look like in ten years from now. The monks go to school and study Buddhism every day. They have a few hours a day to rest but during the rest of the day they study and pray.

Peter Parks / AFP / Getty Images

Peter Parks / AFP / Getty Images

Peter Parks / AFP / Getty Images

Peter Parks / AFP / Getty Images

The school first began life after the cultural revolution in 1980 and it is home to more than 10,000 monks and nuns. There can be up to 40,000 monks and nuns in residence for some parts of the year and up to four scholars share a simple room and stay for up to three years. Seda, known to Tibetans as Serthar is located in Ganzi prefecture in the west of China’s Sichuan province was briefly a hotbed of protests and violence since the Tibetan uprisings of March 2008.

The Monastery has grown rapidly to become one of the most important Buddhist schools and the surrounding hillside is now home to the monks who study at the school.

Peter Parks / AFP / Getty Images

Peter Parks / AFP / Getty Images

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CC BY-SA Chensiyuan / Wikimedia Commons

Peter Parks / AFP / Getty Images

Peter Parks / AFP / Getty Images

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Peter Parks / AFP / Getty Images

Peter Parks / AFP / Getty Images

Peter Parks / AFP / Getty Images

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China Photos / Getty Images

Peter Parks / AFP / Getty Images

Peter Parks / AFP / Getty Images

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