La Rong Wuming Institute of Buddhism by Marty Yau
Larung Gar (Wyl. bla rung sgar), or the Centre for the Five Traditional Sciences and Higher Buddhist Studies (lnga rig nang bstan slob gling), was established by Khenpo Jikmé Phuntsok in 1980, on the tenth day of the sixth Tibetan month. This was in accordance with a prophecy of the First Dodrupchen Rinpoche, who had prophesied that “in the land of Lama Rung…there will appear one named Jikmé” who will “illuminate the teachings of sutra and tantra” and whose followers will pervade throughout the ten directions. The site was the seat of Dudjom Lingpa during the early part of his life, and is also said to have been the residence of thirteen great masters who attained rainbow body. At its peak there were as many as 10,000 students in residence and on many occasions more than 100,000 students would gather to hear Khen Rinpoche’s teachings, making it the largest Buddhist teaching centre in the world.