Origin and spread of Buddhism in Buryatia - A text of Buyandalai dooramba

Zsuzsa Majer, Krisztina Teleki

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The article presents a recovered text written by Buyandalai dooramba, bearing the title Buriyad aar-un burqan-u šasin ker metü delgeregsen kiged šasin bariči kedün blam-a-nar-un čadig tobči tedüi ögülegsen selte orosiba or How the Teaching of Buddha spread in the Buryat land, together with a brief account of some of the lamas who upheld the Teaching. The Romanised text in written Mongolian was published by Professor Rinčen in 1959. It gives an account of how the holy doctrine spread in Buryatia with providing names and data on Buryat monastic schools and faculties, describing the activity of eminent Buryat lamas and masters, narrating colourful legends about the Buryat Buddhist patriarchs, the Pandita Mkhanpo Lamas and the establishment of the most important monasteries and educational schools. Nowadays, many scholars cite the data given in this valuable and authentic source. From the 34 paragraphs of the text some parts were translated into English by Raghu Vira in 1959. In the present article, after a short summary, the English translation of the whole text follows with detailed explanation on the Tibetan and Mongolian religious terms and names. Data on Buryat lamas and religious leaders, monasteries and monastic schools as mentioned in the text are summarised in different lists of the appendix.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)477-497
Number of pages21
JournalActa Orientalia
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Dec 1 2008


  • Agwaan Dorjiev
  • Buddhism
  • Buryat Buddhism
  • Monastery
  • Monastic school
  • Mongolian Buddhism
  • Pandita Mkhanpo Lama

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cultural Studies
  • History
  • Literature and Literary Theory

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