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