Press release for fundraising of two Tara Statues
to be placed at Dolma Ling Nunnery
One of FPMT Mongolia’s projects is the Dolma Ling Nunnery which was re-established in 2001 by Lama Zopa Rinpoche (the Spiritual Director of FPMT Mongolia). In order to revive Buddhism in Mongolia, Lama Zopa Rinpoche created a permanent home for the purpose of providing a supportive environment for a small group of women who became nuns to help them keep their monastic vows. Currently, the Dolma Ling Nunnery consists of five very devoted nuns.
Historically, the original temple buildings were offered as a present to the Mongolian people from the Manchu Emperor (the Chinese Qing dynasty – patrons of Tibet Buddhism). The fifteen temples were surrounded by triple walls and beautifully decorated in the architecture of the time. For many years, within the temple walls, Dharma activities were regularly performed until the 1930’s at which time some buildings were destroyed and others were desecrated due to the occupation of the Communist regime. In the early 1990’s when Mongolia reclaimed democracy, Lama O. Sodnom and Mr. Badamkhand began Dharma activities in the badly damaged temple buildings. In the spring of 2001, they offered the remaining temple and grounds to Lama Zopa Rinpoche. The nunnery complex was rebuilt and now includes the main gompa, summer gompa, kitchen, storage and 3 residential rooms.
Two ancient 11 meter high granite stone pillars, blessed by White and Green Taras, remain at Dolma Ling Nunnery. Beautifully carved images of human, animal and Buddhist scripts adorn the pillars. They are more than 230 years old and there are no other cultural monuments of their kind in Mongolia, hence they are protected by the Mongolian Government as a heritage site. On the right pillar, the script “I will liberate all sentient beings of many worlds from temporary pain and suffering” is carved. On the left pillar, “I will save tens of thousands of sentient beings by great compassion” can be read.
According to Lama Zopa Rinpoche’s advice, two Tara Statues (one green and one white) should be placed in front of these two pillars for the benefit of all sentient beings, especially beings in Mongolia. For this reason, we are starting this fundraising campaign to successfully construct and install these 2 Tara Statues to fulfill Lama Zopa Rinpoche’s advice in supporting the flourishing of the Dharma in Mongolia and to enable all visitors to circumambulate and make prostrations to these statues and pillars and to accumulate abundant merits. All sponsors’ names will be announced during the special opening ceremony puja of the Statues together with the recitation of many prayers recited by our nuns on behalf of all donors. All donations and support will be deeply valued and appreciated!
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