The view from above the Larung Wuming monastery is breathtaking. Colourful Tibetan prayer flags flutter, clouds scud across dark blues sky; in the valley, miniature people go about their business.
The occasion: the Utmost Bliss Dharma Assembly, to mark Buddha’s descent from Tushita Heaven. The afternoon sun breaks through and the light dances over thousands of spartan wooden houses, homes to monks and nuns. The valley is bathed in rich colours.