Monastery with Dorje Shugden in Mongolia

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Two miles to the west of the monastery, on the hillside on the opposite side of the Even River, is the newly constructed Dorje Shugden Temple. Formerly there were three temples here dedicated to Zanabazar, Dorje Shugden, and the Eighth Bogd Gegen. These were destroyed in the late 1930s.

The Dorje Shugden Temple was rebuilt and two large stupas constructed in place of the temples of Zanabazar and the Eighth Bogd Gegen. Between these stupas eight slightly smaller stupas have also recently been constructed. The lone stupa higher on the hill is an original dating from 1868.

Within the temple itself is a large statue of Buddha flanked by hundreds of clay statues of Zanabazar fashioned by local monks. There is also a thangka of Dorje Shugden. According to the caretaker, devotees of Dorje Shugden from many foreign countries have come here in recent years to do meditation retreats.

Extracted from “Don Croner’s World Wide Wanders” (

Prime Minister of Mongolia Nambar Enkhbayar visits Amar Mur,
Amarbayasgalant Monastery’s center in Ulan Bataar, capital of Mongolia

Guru Deva Rinpoche’s Amarbayasgalant Monastery in Mongolia

Visitors streaming towards Amarbayasgalant

The Even Valley from one of the ovoos behind the monastery

The Dorje Shugden Temple, located about a mile from Amarbayasgalant

Eight ovoos at the Dorje Shugden Temple, said to
represent the Eight Bogd Gegeens of Mongolia

Dorje Shugden, one of the Protectors of Amarbayasgalant

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  1. Yes, but where are the other Dharmapalas, you know, like Palden Lhamo and BEGTSE?

  2. i like a Amarbayasgalant monastery :)

  3. This Mongolian monastery is very beautiful and there is a temple dedicated to Dorje Shugden! In its heyday, the monastery had 2000 monks and many precious statues which were destroyed. It looks like the Mongolian government is taking responsibility for the maintenance of the monastery. This will attract visitors and bring in needed revenue. This is one monastery I’d like to visit.

  4. The Kenpo of Gaden Monastery in Mongolia attended the opening of Amarbayasgalant Monastery?? Isnt this so wrong, politically wrong that is.

  5. This great land is an island for the lost traveler looking to get home.

  6. Such a very beautiful monastery in Mongolia. The Mongolians have kept their faith with Dorje Shugden as the Dorje Shugden temple has been rebuilt and they are so blessed to have this monastery and the temple.

    The video started by showing the photos of the previous various activities at the monastery. It was such a grand welcoming ceremony for the Prime Minister of Mongolia on his visit. Very good to see the government lending support for the spiritual needs of its people.

    And, the children were very cute being so respectful in paying homage to the Buddhas whilst at the monastery. And such a very beautiful Dorje Shugden at the temple. The monks of various age groups doing puja shows that there is continuity at the monastery. The video is very good in showing what is at the monastery.

    Thank you for the article and the video.

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