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By Zheng AngeEditor: Kiki LiurnrnYaqing Temple is situated in Baiyu, a county in Garze Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture, in Southwest China's Sichuan Province. Even though Yaqing (built in 1985) is not an ancient temple, it is known as the world's biggest home to juemu (Tibetan Buddhist nuns).rnrnYaqing Temple is located on wetlands, surrounded by snow-capped mountains (on Chuanxi Plateau), at an elevation of more than 3,800 meters.rnrnThe temple is different from other Tibetan Buddhist temples, where most of the Buddhists are lama (Tibetan Buddhist monks), as nearly half of the Buddhists in Yaqing Temple are juemu.rnrnThroughout history, Tibetans referred to the mothers and sisters of the kings as juemu. Nowadays, Tibetans refer to Buddhist nuns as juemu, as they believe the nuns belong to the upper class of Tibetan women.rnrnAs the temple is isolated, the nuns' living conditions are not very good. Nevertheless, the women remain committed to practicing Buddhism. More than 10,000 juemu currently study Buddhism in the temple.rnrnrnThe nuns do not live in the temple. But they live in the living area of the temple. Most of the nuns live alone in small red houses within the temple's walls. Most received additional money from their parents or relatives so they could cover their expenses.rnrnThe nuns study the basic courses of Buddhism for four years. Nuns who want to continue learning Buddhist doctrine will remain in the temple for a few more years. Most of the locals said they were willing to spend much money so their children could study Buddhist doctrine in the temple. The locals said they believed it was an honor to study in the temple, even though the temple did not grant diplomas.rnrnSome ethnic Han women also study Buddhist doctrine, and practice Buddhism, in the temple. For more than 20 years, hundreds of ethnic Han women have moved from other regions of China so they could study Buddhist doctrine at the temple.rnrn(Source: Women of China English Monthly March 2015 Issue)rnrnThe monk seen in the foreground is a visiting Han Chinese Monk meditating on a small hill opposite settlement.rnrnFrom far you can see that the Lama (male) are staying in the little boxes and is separated by a river is the densely populated Juemu (female)

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  • Copyright: Tony Mok (TMLH) Silver Star Critiquer/Gold Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 44 W: 102 N: 458] (2496)
  • Genre: Persone
  • Medium: Colore
  • Date Taken: 2016-07-16
  • Categories: Vita quotidiana
  • Esposizione: f/0.6, 1/91 secondi
  • Versione Foto: Versione Originale
  • Date Submitted: 2016-07-31 8:36
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