Established in 1990, Tugs Bayasgalant Nunnery meaning “Heaven of Joy”, is one of the few nunneries in Ulaanbaatar, the capital of Mongolia. Its main prayer hall features an exquisite shrine dedicated specifically to the saviouress, Tara.
Some of the precious Buddhist artefacts preserved at Tugs Bayasgalant Nunnery include a precious antique thangka of Lama Losang Thubwang Dorje Chang that has been handed down through many generations, surviving even the Cultural Revolution and a life-like statue of the great Mongolian Lama, His Eminence Sokpu Rinpoche also known as Guru Deva Rinpoche.
The nunnery was completed after a ten-year struggle. It is sustained and managed by a group of Mongolian women consisting of both ordained nuns and lay vowholders who share a common devotion to Dorje Shugden. Led by the current Abbess Gantamur, a lay vowholder, the nunnery’s main focus is the study and practice of Buddhism.
Prominent Dorje Shugden Lamas including His Holiness Kyabje Trijang Chocktrul Rinpoche, His Eminence Zasep Rinpoche, His Eminence Zava Damdin Rinpoche and many others have visited this nunnery, granting audiences, blessings and teachings.
Prior to 1990, women were rarely ordained in Mongolia. In the face of such lack of support for Mongolian women in Buddhism, Tugs Bayasgalant’s story speaks of courage, great tenacity and unwavering faith in the Dharma and their Protector, Dorje Shugden.
In fact, in 2008, half of the 21 nuns in Tugs Bayasgalant Nunnery were graduates from the Zanabazar Buddhist University with a Bachelors degree in Buddhist studies. This was yet another historical milestone as it was the first time Mongolian women were accorded such an honour.
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