The Gandantegchilen, the principal Buddhist monastery in Mongolia has appointed Geshe Jetsun Dorji as it’s Khamba Lama. He becomes the Mongolia’s highest-ranking Buddhist leader
The transition of the Khamba Lama role is a significant event for Mongolia, marking the strength and resilience of the country’s Buddhist spiritual leadership and offering an optimistic indication for the revival and spread of Buddhism following its suppression under communist rule from 1924–1992.
Buddhism is the dominant religion in Mongolia, according to census data for 2020, observed by 51.7 per cent of the nation’s estimated population of 3.2 million people. Most Mongolian Buddhists practice a form of Vajrayana Buddhism related to the Gelug and Kagyu lineages of Tibetan Buddhism. Meanwhile, 40.6 per cent of Mongolians profess no religious affiliation.