Great-Duichin day is celebrated in Mongolia

Today is auspicious day of "Great Duichin"according to Tibeto-Mongolian Buddhism. This day, Je Tsongkhapa (1357–1419), founder of the "Yellow Faith" or Geluk-pa school of Tibetan Buddhism was appeared (born) and passed away, according to canon of the Buddhism. The saint reformed the Tibetan Buddhism and laid the foundation of Guru-centred religion which became dominant in Tibet as well in Mongolia.

Monks of Buddhist temples and monasteries throughout Ulaanbaatar celebrated this day with public chanting and charitable activities. Believers are to abstain from eating meat and avoid sins that can be committed by body, tongue and mind. Punya or good deeds (Buyan-in Mongolian) performed this day, be it feeding hungry children or dogs generates good karma thousand times according to legend.Households with altars and deities offers butter lamps.

Mongolian Buddhist Students' Association and the monks visited hospice of National Center of Contagious Diseases and Childrens' Correctional Centers and organized preaching sermons and distributed incense and lunar calendars. Monks of Gandantegchinlen Monastery in Ulaanbaatar together with ordinary believers gathered in Cultural Palace of the Trade Union and chanted Great Mantra of Lamaism or Om-Mani-Bad-Mi-Hum.

By Ganbat, editor of MonInfo News Service


  1. Thank you.
    It's always great to know about different streams of Buddhism.
    I heard also Sakya teachings are present in Mongolia, not only Gelug.

  2. BuddhismNews,
    Yes, Sakya school of Buddhism is here.However, difference between the Gelug and Sakya schools are very much blurred....Sakya school is known as "Red Hat" among the Mongolians.Many don't know differences of the schools.

    Shagai, reporter of MonInfo News service


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