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.
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.
Do you want to support this?
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
Other links to Mongolian Buddhism and the Environment
Link here to access the news story about the launch of the Mongolian Buddhist Handbook.
here to download the Mongolian Buddhist Handbook in English. (Please note this file is 1.15MB)
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.
here on how to make contact with the Sangha.
To download the A3 poster of a new thangka about Buddhists protecting Nature, link
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.