AMARBAYASGALANT KHIIT


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WHAT IS THEIR PHILOSOPHY OF LIfE

"make peace with yourself to find peace in the outer world"

Amarbayasgalant Khiit means “Monastery of Tranquil Felicity” and is the largest ancient spiritual center located in the North East of Mongolia. It was home of Zanabazar known as a spiritual leader of the Tibetan Buddhism since XXVII century. After the majority of the temples scattered around Mongolia were demolished by the communist regime and their monks put in dungeons or killed, only a handful of them managed to survive. Today Amarbayasgalant Khiit is one of very few remained Buddhist temples, teaching religion according to the old Tibetan tradition outside of the Tibet.

WHERE the monks of amarbayasgalant khiit LIVE


 AMARBAYASGALANT MONKS MAP, MONGOLIA

AMARBAYASGALANT MONKS MAP, MONGOLIA

A stone trow away from the border with Russia in a hidden valley is the home of Amarbayasgalant Khiit.

A prayer OF the last tibetan monks in mongolia


TWILIGHT ABOVE AMARBAYASGALANT MONASTERY, MONGOLIA

Amarbayasgalant Khiit is built as per ancient "feng shui" tradition. Mountains surround its East, North & West side as protection from the negative energy. The entire complex is on a higher ground, giving a great point of view over the entrances of the vast valley. All this to increase the circulation of CHI energy, valued by monks and all Tibetan Buddhist believers.

BUDDHIST STUPA NEAR AMARBAYASGALANT MONASTERY, MONGOLIA

This stupa contains the remains of previous generations monks and it is used as place for meditation where pilgrims and monks walk in counterclockwise direction. 

SOUTH GATE WALL OF AMARBAYASGALANT MONASTERY, MONGOLIA

For the Tibetan Buddhist symbolism is very important. Across the main gate of the Amarbayasgalant Khiit a wall faces the only road that enters the valley from the South and connects it with the outside world. Its main function is to protect the monastery from the penetration of any negative energy that can be caused by the wind.

MONK ON ITS WAY TO PREY CEREMONY, AMARBAYASGALANG MONASTERY, MONGLIA

The phases of the moon determine the level of energy creatures can obtain. On a new moon bad spirits gain power, whereas on a full moon positive energy is at its peak and monks can benefit from it. As a result, whenever a believer wants to attempt a new beginning in life like marriage, a new job or go to a war it should strive to do it on a full moon.  

 MAIN TEMPLE BUILDING INSIGTH OF AMARBAYASGALANT MONASTERY, MONGOLIA

From all sides monks congregate towards a small prayer room. Everyone is rushing to join the morning session.

MONK ISIGHT MAIN PRAYER ROOM IN AMARBAYASGALANT MONASTERY, MONGOLIA

The main hall of Amarbayasgalant Khiit used to be vocalized by the prayers of hundreds of monks living permanently at the complex. Today only 20 of them are left.

LITTLE TIBETAN BUDDHIST MONK AT AMARBAYASGALANT MONASTERY, MONGOLIA

About half of the monks are young boys who study Tibetan Buddhism all day. Usually they wake up 3am for a special ceremony that last about 30min. At its end big drum or trumpets signal to all creatures the beginning of any new day. Before the break of a day monks follow precise ritual of 108 bows. The practice of Buddhism is the never-ending humbling of the ego. Humbling yourself before the world, by lowering your body you realize that you are one with everything. performing 108 prostrations is yet another path towards the realization of the True Self. At sunrise a basic breakfast is served. All food is based on fruits and vegetables. The Amarbayasgalant Khiit monks believe in the genuine taste of things. As such, adding any spices to what lands on their tables is strictly forbidden.

 MONKS AT PRAYER IN AMARBAYASGALANT MONASTERY, MONGOLIA

MONKS AT PRAYER IN AMARBAYASGALANT MONASTERY, MONGOLIA

Monks at time of prayer.

 BOY AT MORNING PRAYER IN AMARBAYASGALANT MONASTERY, MONGOLIA

Little monks follow their spiritual leader and absorb any knowledge he has to share. They consider to be privileged to dedicate their lifetime to the Tibetan Buddhism. Once they are ready, an exceptional mission awaits them. They want to spread their believe across all corners of Mongolia and beyond. 

MONK PLAYING ON CONCH SHELL TRUMPET IN AMARBAYASGALANT MONASTERY, MONGOLIA

End of the pray is announced by this little monk with a long sound of his conch shell trumpet (dung dkar).

MONKS IN THE WATCHTOWER OF AMARBAYASGALANT MONASTERY, MONGOLIA

From the watchtower at the monastery's wall monks announce the beginning of each day with a long sound by conch shell trumpet (dung dkar) in order to wake up the spirits of the valley