Destination: Amarbayasgalant Monastery

Amarbayasgalant Monastery complex in Mongolia is also the monastery of “Tranquil Felicity”. In other words, “Amar” – meaning tranquil, and “Bayasgalant” meaning Felicity.

The Manchurian emperor founded, funded, and dedicated this beautiful monastery to the first head lama for Mongolian Buddhism, Zanabazar in 1727.  The first Bogd Zanabazar was from a direct lineage of golden blood or the king’s royal blood.

Moreover, Ondor Gegeen Zanabazar had exceptional artistic abilities with timeless masterworks. For instance, the Soyombo script, the first letter of which is found on the Flag of Mongolia, the White Tara, the Green Tara, and many more. He is even referred to as Leonardo Da Vinci of the 17th century.

Aged 88 years, it said that his remains were transferred to this monastery complex in 1779.

The Amarbayasgalant complex originally consisted of over 40 temples and buildings laid out on parallel sides.

This monastery was one of the very few monasteries which partially escaped during the communist purge in 1937-1939. Many lamas were executed and many monastery artifacts including statues, tanka, sutras were looted and destroyed. However, some artifacts hidden during the purge until modern days were returned.

After that, restoration work took the place in 1988 and added a shining golden buddha statue and large Stupa on the hills behind the Monastery.

Today the Amarbayasgalant monastery complex in Mongolia has 28 buildings. And 30-50 lamas most of whom are teenagers run the monastery all year round.

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