Today, Mongolia is celebrating International Buddhist Day. This is the second year Buddhist Day is being marked. The celebrations focus on Mongolia’s main monastery, the Gandantegchinlen (Gandan), which is located in Ulaanbaatar. Monastery is celebrating. Kh.Byambajav, a lama of the third rank, opened the ceremony with a speech and reading of sacred Buddhist texts – the Gavsumba and Jinlavtsogzol – with the monks present. During the ceremony, a mandala and a “zul” (Buddhist oil wick lamp) were placed before the statue of the divine Migjid Janraisig.
The 6th Buddhist Summit, which was held on 25th December 2014, took the decision to celebrate International Buddhist Day each year. Mongolia’s highest religious figure, the Khamba Lama of Gandantegchinlen Monastery (D.Choijamts) has been working as leader of the summit for two years. According to the Lama Kh.Byambajav, the purpose of this day is to promote the religious teaching to the people. A total of 80% of Mongolians are Buddhists.