Matthew [Richards] and I had wonderful visit in Mongolia. We had
good time. It was too short but I would like to go to Mongolia
again in the near future for sure. I am thinking of doing pilgrimage
to different monasteries in Mongolia and we could ride horse and
camels in the Gobi. I like Mongolian people, their cultural and
the land of millions of horses and yurts in the steppe. I would
say if you want go to another country very much like Tibet that
is Mongolia. Tibetan Buddhism and culture is very much alive in
Mongolia. Mongolians very proud of their past and present and
they are hopeful, and most Mongolians love Tibetan Buddhism.
meeting with my old friend Jetsun Pakshe Losang Tenzin Rinpoche
who is 96, still strong and rebuilding Gelug nunnery and monasteries.
We traveled to Amarbayasgalant (Amar-bayas-galant) monastery,
120 km south of Russian Siberian border.
are 60 young monks and a beautiful young reincarnated Rinpoche
named Tsawa Tamden Rinpoche who speaks fluent Tibetan and English.
This Rinpoche is the first Hutuktuk (Tulku) formally recognized
in Mongolia since Russian communist banned this tradition in 1939.
Most of the young monks at Amarbayasgalant are teenage boys and
they are studying Dharma very hard. Great Geshe Thupten who lives
in Switzerland travels to Mongolia every summer to teach these
boys for three months. Geshela did 12 years' retreat above Dharamasala
under the direction of Geshe Rabten. My friend, Jetsun Rinpoche,
has done lots of restoration for these monasteries and is helping
poor and homeless Mongols. I am not sure how long Jetsun Rinpoche
will be on this earth; he is 96 and he told me, “See you in Tsongkhapa’s
pure land,” when we left Ulaan Bataar.
and traditionally this monastery is very important for the Mongolia.
Amarbayasgalant was built in 1736 by the Manchurian Khan and Emperor
and was offered to First Kalkha Jetsun Dampa, the great one Zanabazar
(Jahana Vajra in Sanskrit). I feel this monastery is very important
one for the future of Buddha, Dharma, Sangha and root and foundation
of pure Je Tsongkhapa’s tradition in Mongolia. One of the beauties
of this monastery: it is specially located, very remote, far away
from towns and cities and distractions of modern civilization,
an ideal location for monastery. Amarbayasgalant is like Tashi
Lhapug monastery in Tibet; far away from everyone except big mountains
and nature. Tibetans believe that good monks are produced from
the monastery that is located in a remote place far away from
monastery needs a water line or good wheel and pump system and
other things, like donations for vitamins, medicine and clothings
for the boys. Mongolians suffer summer heat from the Gobi desert,
winter cold wind from Siberia. I would imagine the boys must be
very cold and hungry in the winter; they sleep in the yurts, not
much comfort. They eat noodles, mutton and drink horse milk.
like to ask Gaden Relief Projects to help Amarbayasgalant monastery.
There is no problem sending money and goods to Mongolia. This
monastery has city centre in Ulaan Bataar and I have its email
address, phone number and bank account number. Mongols are very
organized, moving fast forward. Amarbayasgalant city centre is
raising money to buy yurts for single mothers and homeless people.
They organize free English class and free Dharma class in English
and Tibetan for young Mongols. They need Dharma books in English.
I think we could get used books and vitamins to send to the centre
in Ulaan Bataar.
good visit in Australia but it was sad. As you know Gerard Allan
is dying. Gerard is real Bodhisattva. He cares for everyone; he
always thinks about others. He has done so much for the Dharma
and helped so many people ever since I met him 28 years ago. Gerard
and Maxine started Sera Jhe health care Centre at Sera monastery
20 years ago. Gerard is peaceful, so much love, and forgiving
and understanding, no fear, no confusion and no blames, accepting
and letting go everything and his faith to Dharma is so strong,
and he is good example for everyone. Gerard is great Dharma practitioner;
he is going into clear light and bliss soon. I am very proud of
Gerard and his wife Maxine and their two daughters, Sujhata and
is all for now