History of FPMT Mongolia
1999 – Lama Zopa Rinpoche visits Mongolia for the first time. FPMT Mongolia is registered as a Mongolian Religious Organization. Two unfinished buildings are bought; one for the headquarters and the Dharma Center, the second to produce rental income to sustain FPMT Mongolia’s activities.
2000 – Buildings are completed in the fall. Lama Zopa Rinpoche returns to teach and ordains future monks. Idgaa Choizinling monks are requesting Rinpoche to help them to rebuild their monastery which was destroyed during the purges of 1937. The name of Ganden Do Ngag Shedrub Ling is given to the Dharma Center in the city.
FPMT Inc. begins the production of the 24 episodes of the TV series “The Path to Enlightenment”. Ven. Gyatso teaches at the Center and the Pethub monastery.
2001 – The TV series is dubbed in Mongolian and aired by the National TV. The huge, unexpected success leads the National TV Channel to re-air the whole series again and several episodes are aired multiple times.
2002 – The building of Idgaa Choizinling is started within the Ganden Monastery compound in Ulaanbaatar. Dara Ekh monastery is bought and becomes Dolma Ling nunnery with 20 nuns. Renovation is started. Dolma Ling Community Center building commences, with the purpose of hosting the Soup Kitchen, The Health Clinic and the Children Development Program. A resident Geshe is invited from India.
2003 – Dolma Ling Nunnery building renovation is finished. The Community Center opens in June. Lama Zopa Rinpoche returns and travels to Darkhan. Idgaa Choizinling building is completed and delivered to the monks. The Mongolian Sangha Fund is created for the purpose of paying for the monks’ food. This fund is still continuing till this day.
2004 – The Enlightened Experience Celebration IV takes place in the summer. Dema Locho Rinpoche, Choden Rinpoche and Lama Zopa Rinpoche are giving teachings in different subjects to about 3-4 hundred Mongolians and about 100 Westerners. The Golden Light Sutra Center in Darkhan is formed. All the activities of the Dolma Ling Community center are regrouped under a new entity called:”Lamp of the Path NGO”.
2005 – The Stupa Café opens to the public and the Stupa outside the Center is built and becomes a landmark of the city of Ulaanbaatar. The Children Development Program begins under Lamp of the Path NGO.
2006 – HH the Dalai Lama pays a visit to the Center.
2007 – The teachings at the Center continue with Ven. Chantal.
2008 – FPMT Mongolia helps organize the International Sakyadhita conference , a meeting of women engaged in Buddhism.
2010 – Lama Zopa Rinpoche returns to participate in the conference for the Preservation of Mongolian Buddhism. Rinpoche receives from the Mongolian President the Order of the Polar Star, the highest honor bestowed upon a foreign person.