Today is one of the four holiest days on the Buddhist calendar. The Tibetans call the day Chotrul Düchen. It’s the full moon day which commemorates the culmination of 15 days on which Shakyamuni Buddha displayed a different miracle to increase the merit and aid the devotion of future disciples. “Düchen” means “Great Occasion” and it is said that on such days the effect of positive actions is multiplied 10,000,000 times (the same is true for negative actions – ten million times – so behave yourself). So it seemed the most auspicious day to launch this blog prior to my March 18 departure for Mongolia.
My name is Konchog Norbu. I'm an American Buddhist monk going to Mongolia as the first representative of my teacher, Jetsunma Ahkon Lhamo and her organization, Kunzang Palyul Chöling. My function will be to begin the process of fulfilling Jetsunma’s wish for her community to do what we can to help with the revival of our Tibetan Buddhist lineage, the Nyingma, as Mongolia emerges from 65 years of the suppression of Buddhist practice under Soviet occupation. As far as I can tell, I will be the only Western monk in Mongolia.
My aim with this journal is to provide readers who may never go to Mongolia or participate in such a project to feel like they’re there in some way. Prior to my departure, I will provide some background, including an explanation of the title, so folks will at least be somewhat oriented (“at least be somewhat oriented” is what I’m hoping for myself, too, but I’m not holding my breath). Once there, I will do what I can to bring Mongolia to life for whoever cares to drop by for a visit.
At first, I plan to post every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. This may increase once I’m there and find my rhythm. We’ll see. In the meantime, please know that this is strictly a personal journal and should not be viewed as any kind of official outlet of Kunzang Palyul Chöling.
Sain saikhan bükhniig yörööi (“Wishing you all good things”),