Mongolians’ Devotion to Gurus /Traditional and Contemporary/

Burnee Dorjsuren, Sainbayar Gundsambuu


From ancient times, Mongolians traditionally devoted themselves to their teachers. Could Mongolians still keep this tradition until today? Do they devote themselves to their teachers? If not, what are the causes and factors? This article aims to respond to these questions within the frame of sutras and books. This article is divided into two parts: the first part tells in detail about the guru devotion using the proverbs on guru devotion, one Mongolian folk oral monument, and other written monuments whereas the other one narrates how the process of today’s globalization affects the tradition of Mongolians’ devotion to gurus.


Oral and written monuments on teachers, relationship of tradition on guru devotion with Buddhist culture, a spiritual teacher, “Lamrim” (Stages of the Path) as a key monument on devotion to guru, present devotion to one’s teacher

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