Ganden Do Ngag Shedrub Ling Center
Ganden Do Ngag Shedrub Ling
FPMT Mongolia Dharma Center in Ulaanbaatar
Shedrub Ling was the first activity of FPMT Mongolia, which began in 1999 at the same time as its incorporation as a Mongolian Religious Organization.
Since then it has been providing Dharma teachings and meditation session free of charge, translated into Mongolian or directly into English, for a mixed audience of Mongolians and ex-pats from many different countries. The first teacher was Ven. George Churinoff, followed by Ven. Thubten Gyatso (Dr. Adrian Feldman), then Ven. Chantal and at present Ani Gyalmo (Glenda Lee). Geshe Nyima Dorje was the resident Tibetan teacher for several years and finally Ven. Sarah Thresher, who taught extensively at the Golden Light Sutra Center in Darkhan, taught on and off at Shedrub Ling. All of these teachers made a lasting impression among the Mongolian students who appreciated immensely their style of teachings, and their dedication and compassion.
At present, besides guided meditation sessions and Geshe Khedrub’s teachings on Thursday evening and Sunday (Mind and Mental Factors and The Bodhisattva Way of Life), Ani Gyalmo has begun teaching Discovering Buddhism’s first module: Mind and its Potential, which is translated into Mongolian. Every month at the Center the following rituals are performed and guided by our Dolma Ling nuns: Lama Chopa, Medicine Buddha and the Four Mandala offerings to Tara, and every morning Mongolian volunteers are making 1500 water offerings while reciting the confession to the 35 Buddhas.
Ani Gyalmo is also regularly visiting different prisons, teaching Dharma and leading simple meditation sessions for inmates. At present she is doing a program at the High Security Prison, sponsored by the Ministry of Justice.
Shedrub Ling also offers English language classes to Mongolian people, which are very much appreciated because English language is an important qualification to find jobs or retain employment. There are 8 different classes for a total of 250 students. One teacher is Mongolian, while the other should be of English mother tongue, at present an American volunteer. Each Saturday the English Department organizes a movie evening, showing an English language movie with some commentary by the English teacher.
FPMT Mongolia presently does not have a separate office with its own staff. Therefore Shedrub Ling Center also functions as the administrative office of FPMT Mongolia. Please click here if you wish to contribute towards the Center’s expenses.