The Treasury of Lives

Khamariin Khiid is a important Buddhist monastery located in the Eastern Gobi province of Mongolia. Founded by Danzan Ravjaa, the Fifth Noyon Khutuktu, it was an important site of religious and social activity until its destruction in 1937 during the purges.  At its height there were over 500 monks and 80 temples at the site. Beginning in 1990, the site was rehabilitated and expanded; it now houses a museum showcasing Ravjaa's texts and artifacts, which were carefully hidden and preserved to avoid their destruction. There is a small cohort of monks and an impressive representation of the Buddhist pureland Shambhala, enveloped by 108 stupas. 

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