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Key Meetings

The following information has been extracted from the Mongolian Buddhists Protecting Nature Handbook which can be downloaded in English and in Mongolian.

A key event in recent Mongolian Buddhist involvement in environmental protection was the Northern Buddhist Conference on Ecology and Conservation held at Gandan Monastery and Chinggis Khaan Hotel in 2005.

This four-day event was the first ever of its kind, and it brought together 250 representatives of monastic communities, governments and NGOs to discuss and develop ideas in the field of environment and development. Joining leading Buddhists from Mongolia, Russia, China, Korea, and Cambodia were senior figures from the World Bank and Dutch Government as well as international environmental organizations including WWF and ARC.

For more details link here for the World Bank, here for WWF and here for ARC.

The event was organized by ARC and hosted by Nambaryn Enkhbayar, President of Mongolia at that time ARC’s International President. The World Bank and Netherlands Government were the main sponsors. A full report of the conference proceedings can be found here. Link here for a news story about the conference from Mongolian Matters.

In 2008 a follow-up meeting was co-hosted by Gandan Monastery and the US-based Tributary Fund, which came to Mongolia for a project in 2004 to work with local monastic communities to protect Mongolia’s endangered taimen fish in the Khovsgol region to the north of the country. Some 50 monks attended, at least two from each of Mongolia’s 21 provinces. They discussed many of the inspiring environmental protection projects they are pursuing, some of which are described in Section Two of this handbook. They also discussed the potential for future activities -- what they can do, and what they would like to do to protect Mongolia’s landscape and environment through Mongolian Buddhist Eight Year Plans and through other programmes.

Pages about Mongolian Environmental Wisdom, taken from the Handbook.

The Mongolian Lord of Nature.

Sacred texts, places and ovoos.

Sacred sites in Mongolia.

Traditional Environmental Law in Mongolia.

The work that the monks, in conjunction with ARC and the World Bank and others, are carrying out to rediscover the sutras about sacred land in Mongolia.

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For full contact and address details of Mongolian Buddhist Monasteries, please see page 57 of the Handbook. And for details of local Development, Environmental and Educational NGOs, please visit pages 58-59 of the Handbook.

Other links to Mongolian Buddhism and the Environment

Link here to access the news story about the launch of the Mongolian Buddhist Handbook.

Link here to download the Mongolian Buddhist Handbook in English. (Please note this file is 1.15MB)

Link here to download the Mongolian version of the Handbook.(A 2MB file.)

Link here to download the guide to the Mongolian Buddhists’ Eight Year Plan (this file is 4.13MB).

Link to Mongolian Case Studies.

And here on how to make contact with the Sangha.

To download the A3 poster of a new thangka about Buddhists protecting Nature, link here (5.61MB).

Brief History of Mongolian Buddhism.

Buddhism and the Environment.

Women in Buddhism in Mongolia.

Key Figures in Mongolian Buddhism.

Key Meetings in Mongolia.

Mongolian Buddhists and Development.

Mongolian Buddhists and Ecology.

Mongolian Buddhist Hunting Ban.

The Lost Sutras.

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