The Aims of Manlha Tos
- To train young Mongolian monks and nuns in how to become teachers of Buddhist Philosophy and Lam Rim.
- To train young Mongolian monks and nuns to become puja masters. Puja rituals include those associated with Medicine Buddha, White Tara, Green Tara, Haryagriva, Dakini Singhamukha and Black Manjushri.
- Healing through mind and mental spirit retrieval; the bringing back of one's life force having been diminished from abuse of drugs or trauma. Zasep Rinpoche will oversee rituals such as La Gug and Tse Gug.
- To teach Tibetan Buddhist and other methods associated with caring for the dying and to perform Powa transferring mind into the Pure Lands at the time of death.
- Bringing Mongolian and Tibetan doctors to practice traditional medicine such as acupuncture and moxa techniques.
- To offer food to the poor on special days according to the lunar calendar.
Gaden Relief's Mongolia Projects
Manlha Tos is Gaden Relief's newest Mongolian-based project, deepening a commitment made to the Mongolian people since 2003.
Zasep Rinpoche first visited Mongolia in the Fall of 2003 to reunite with his spiritual mentor and old friend, Guru Deva Rinpoche. Guru Deva Rinpoche was born in Ordos in Inner Mongolia. He worked tirelessly for over 50 years rebuilding Tibeto-Mongolian Buddhism in the nation state of Mongolia until he passed away at the age of 100 in 2009.
In December 2003, Gaden Relief set up the Mongolia Project to raise funds for the restoration of Amarbayasgalant Monastery in Selenge Aimag. Gaden Relief funded the digging of an artesian water well, hiring a Korean firm to drill the well. Since then the monks and an increasing number of visitors to the monastery have enjoyed fresh water. More importantly, the hygiene and health of the resident monks has improved. Other items donated by Rinpoche's Australian students and friends include fleece-lined jackets for each of the monks, medicine, books as well as a range of other teaching and learning materials.
The Abbott of Amarbayasgalant Monastery at the time was Zawa Damdin Rinpoche. He later relocated a half-day's drive south of Ulaanbator to Delgeruun Choira, to begin the difficult task of reconstructing a monastery that was completely destroyed during the socialist era. Once the reconstruction was well underway and monks were once again living and learning at the monastery, Zawa Rinpoche commenced a 3 year 3 month retreat which he will complete in July 2011. Zawa Rinpoche will be Mongolia's first lama to complete this mandatory long retreat in the Gelukpa system of monastic training since the cessation of socialist rule in 1992.
The rebuilding of Delgeruun Choira was supported by funds from Gaden Relief. Major contributions were made toward the rebuilding of the Manjushri Temple and purchasing a Kobota generator. A solar power electrical system was installed by Gaden Relief volunteer John Huizinga. Through Gaden Relief, Zasep Rinpoche's students from Australia, Canada and the USA helped to purchase other important things that were needed in the new monastery's rebuilding process.
Gaden Relief is also helping single mothers through Gerelt Mur, a Mongolian NGO based in Ulaanbator. Geralt Mur provides yurts to single mothers who have no place to live. So far Gaden Relief has funded the cost of new yurts for two families.
|Zasep Rinpoche giving blessings to children who were suffering from nightmares.
|Zasep Rinpoche is giving the Chod Initiation in Ulaanbator in 2008.
|These children live in one of the orphanage houses that Gerelt Mur is supporting.
|Volunteer John Huizinga set up a solar electrical system at Delgeruun Monastery. Monks now have lighting in their yurts and can study without damaging their eyes. The main yurt also has light which enables people to gather and perform pujas. John's family also generously supplied the entire monastic community with efficient halogen lamps.