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Mummified monk is ‘not dead’ and in rare meditative state, says expert

By Kate Baklitskaya, The Siberian Times, 2 February 2015

As police say lama found in lotus positon was destined for sale on black market, there are claims it was one step away from becoming a Buddha.

Songinokhairkhan, Mongolia -- A mummified monk found in the lotus position in Mongolia is 'not dead' and is instead one stage away from becoming a real-life Buddha, it has been claimed.


Mongolia: Preservation Challenges Confront Trove of Buddhist Texts

by Pearly Jacob, Eurasia News, February 13, 2013

Ulan Bator -- Scholars believe it to be the world’s largest treasury of ancient Buddhist texts. The sheer immensity of the collection held in the National Library of Mongolia has prevented a proper tally to date.


A new start for a land where Buddha meets Louis Vuitton

by JOHN GARNAUT, Sydney Morning Herald, February 19, 2011

ULAN BATOR, Mongolia -- Weathered old folk in fur hats and goatskin gowns and young couples wearing designer sunglasses are squeezing into Gandan monastery to lay money at the feet of a small and ornate statue of Buddha. The room has the yak butter smell of monasteries in Lhasa but the scene is otherwise more natural, lively and shambolic.


Buddhism continues to flower in Mongolia

By Nomi Morris, The Los Angeles Times, September 11, 2010

The practice, suppressed for decades by the Communist Party, is being reclaimed by Mongolians as an integral part of their national identity.

Shand Khiid, Mongolia -- In the crimson-painted interior of a monastery in central Mongolia, boys as young as 6 face one another cross-legged on benches and chant Tibetan Buddhist prayers that they barely understand.


Buddhism Drew Many Mongolians to India

by Jack Sabharwal. UBPost, April 17, 2009

Ulan Bator, Mongolia -- The Mongolian community, which existed in Kalimpong, India, beginning in the 1950s, was almost a continuation (as well as much smaller version) of the Mongolian community in pre-Communist Tibet, especially in Lhasa. Contact between the Mongols and Tibet is said to have started during Chinggis Khaan’s time.


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