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Lama Temple cultivates “three kinds of monk talents”, says a former student monk

Publish Time: 2018-12-19 Author: From: China Tibet Online

On the 15th day of the fourth lunar month in 1981, a group of young people from the north came to the Lama Temple in Beijing to convert to Buddhism, and they began to study Mongolian-Tibetan Buddhism. At the same time, the Lama Temple invited high monks from great monasteries in Inner Mongolia such as Master Jamyang Thupden to teach Buddhist scriptures to the student monks. It also hired Hu Jiou, a teacher bilingual in Chinese and Tibetan languages from the Buddhist Academy of China, to teach Buddhist history.

Master Jamyang Thupden

Back then, Jamyang Kaichao, a Mongolian youth, was a student monk; he felt coming to the Lama Temple to learn was “a good thing!”. He recalled: “During our study of Tibetan Buddhism for a dozen years, the biggest difficulty in studying the scriptures or chanting sutras was that there was no suitable textbooks for Mongolian monks and lay people to learn the Dharma. Considering this, it was imperative to compile textbooks for these student monks. Therefore, in addition to having a certain level of our mother tongue and Chinese language, we had to also learn Tibetan. When we first started learning Tibetan, we made a big effort to write down whatever the teacher taught us about the Dharma in Tibetan, Mongolian, and Chinese, and also to actively ask the teacher questions in our spare time.”

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