Golden Light Sutra Center
During a visit to Mongolia Lama Zopa Rinpoche was requested by the people of Darkhan to set up a Dharma Center in their city. Golden Light Sutra Center was then established in 2005. In 2009, the Center moved to the present building and since then it has maintained a regular teaching program.
Being the first Center outside of Ulaanbaatar and not having a resident teacher, a different model has developed enabling the students to further their Dharma knowledge as a study group with the support of visiting teachers. The group is currently studying ” Liberation in the Palm of Your Hand” by way of readings, discussions and exams. The senior students are also leading introductory classes in other places for interested people who wish to gain an understanding of their traditional religion.
Since the beginning of the Center, a very dedicated group of students has recited the prescribed prayers on the 4 main days of each month and taking the Mahayana precepts on special days.
A vital aspect of the Center’s activities is it’s social outreach programs which range from repairing and offering gold to the large Buddha Statue in the Center of Darkhan, in conjunction with other local Buddhist groups, providing a fire truck and ambulance to the local Emergency Services Department and giving warm clothes to the kindergarten children in the Ger districts.
We organized a 10 day Kindness Campaign involving all the local monasteries which culminated in a Long Life Puja for His Holiness the Dalai Lama and teaching on Kindness by Venerable Sarah Thresher.
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