Buddhist Impacts on Culture and Civilization of Mongolia
The other day I happened to be invited to the second Edition of the Bodh Gaya Global ...
Indeed we in Mongolian got acquainted with India as early as the teachings of Lord Buddha prevailed throughout the steppes of Mongolia. Historically, Buddhism was introduced to Mongolia over two thousand years ago. At ancient times, Indian acharyas gone to Mongolia for disseminating Buddha Dharma. Learned Gabju Zava Damdin (1867-1937) a famous scholar, who was one of the founding member of the Institute of Sutras and Letters of Mongolia recorded in his history book “Buddhism was introduced to Mongolia through the Silk Road at the time of Khunnu (Xiangnu) Empire known as the first statehood of Mongols nearly 2200 years aback”.
Some other sources claim that Buddhist monasteries and temples were built on the Mongolian land at the time of Xianbei state, which came afterwards. In the VII century Xuan Zang, a famous Chinese traveler, recorded that while crossing the Mongolian Gobi on the way to reach the Silk Road, he saw Buddhist temples on the territory of Mongols, where monks were doing pujas and studying as well as chanting in Indian language.
Also there is a record stating that between the VI and VII centuries an Indian Pandita Narendaryasha and a teacher at the school of Magada Ruin, Baragawara Midara, came to the land of the Mongols. Historical resources prove that Mongolia was indeed earliest to receive the Buddha Dharma among the three Dharmic countries after India.