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Young monks lead revival of Buddhism in Mongolia...

Post by anjali » Tue Jun 05, 2018 7:09 pm

Young monks lead revival of Buddhism in Mongolia after years of repression.
...the repression, begun in the 1930s with the arrival of Communism, killed an estimated 17,000 monks, official figures show.

At the time, most Mongolians were devout adherents to a form of Buddhism similar to that practiced in Tibet.

After democracy came to Mongolia in 1990, monasteries and schools were re-established by the survivors, many already then in their 70s.

Lobsang Tayang’s monastery, Amarbayasgalant, is a sprawling complex deep in the endless grasslands, 35 km (22 miles) from the nearest road. It was home to around 800 monks before the Soviet era. After the purges began, half the monastery’s monks fled, while most of those who remained were killed.

Now fewer than 40 are left, and the oldest, the head of the monastery, is just 35.
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Re: Young monks lead revival of Buddhism in Mongolia...

Post by Queequeg » Tue Jun 05, 2018 7:46 pm

My gut... joy and sadness... My heart goes out to those little boys separated from their families... and I project hope that they continue the lines of transmission for posterity. Such tremendous responsibility on those little shoulders.
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Entered a stupa compound
And chanted but once, “Namo Buddhaya!”
Have certainly attained the path of the buddhas.

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Re: Young monks lead revival of Buddhism in Mongolia...

Post by Fortyeightvows » Tue Jun 05, 2018 9:05 pm

It’s easy to chop down a forest, right? But it takes a long time for new trees to grow back.

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Re: Young monks lead revival of Buddhism in Mongolia...

Post by PeterC » Wed Jun 06, 2018 4:46 am

There are a lot of older monks teaching in Mongolia. I think for this article they just focussed on a monastery that doesn't have any in the interest of the story. Mongolian Vajrayana is a fascinating area - particularly which practices are prevalent and why

That said, what happened to the Sangha there during the communist era was beyond horrible.

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