“The world has to move forward with compassion”

At the time of the Naadam Festival, Editor and Publisher Sayantan Chakravarty met with the Supreme Head of Mongolian Buddhists, His Eminence Khamba Lama, at Khui Doloon Khudag on the outskirts of Ulaanbaatar, the capital of Mongolia

  • Editor Chakravarty during his interview with His Eminence Khamba Lama, the Supreme Head of Mongolian Buddhists, at Khui Doloon Khudag, Mongolia. (Right) H.E. Khamba Lama gives Prime Minister Modi a guided tour of the historic Gandan Monastery during the latter’s visit to Mongolia in May 2015

Please tell us your thoughts on Nalanda University which is being rebuilt by the Indian Government…

The Nalanda University is very important for us. Many Buddhist teachings that we have today in Mongolia emanated in Nalanda almost a thousand years ago, and are very important for us. Its restoration is vital for India, Mongolia and the rest of the world. 

So, according to you, how did Buddhism initially arrive in Mongolia…

Buddhism came to Mongolia in the 1st century around the time of the Hunnu Empire. Monks Monks from India who travelled across West Asia, mainly along the Silk Route which facilitated merchandise trading, introduced Buddhism to Mongolia. The second wave was brought forward by monks in Tibet who had studied in Nalanda.