Ven. Panchen Ötrul Rinpoche has visited Mongolia annually for the last twenty-four years; firstly, to support the revival of Buddhism after the collapse of the Soviet Union, and secondly, to address the ensuing poverty by supporting some of the capital’s most disadvantaged people, especially single mothers and their children, through education, practical skills training and hot meal projects.
4th AugustVen. Panchen Ötrul Rinpoche arrived in Ulaanbaatar and was greeted by Ven. Thuksay Rinpoche, Burmaa (Director, Asral NGO), and a number of students at the airport. More students and friends carrying colourful scarfs greeted Ven. Rinpoche at the centre, followed by long-life prayers and mandala offering. After a brief teaching, Ven. Rinpoche expressed his gratitude to all the people and organisations who have continuously contributed to and supported his humanitarian projects in Mongolia.
5th & 6th August
Ven. Panchen Ötrul Rinpoche held meetings with students and supporters of Asral, many of who came to get blessings and guidance.
Ven. Telo Tulku Rinpoche, HH the Dalai Lama’s representative in Mongolia, Russia and CIS countries, visited Asral NGO and expressed his deep admiration and appreciation on behalf of H.H. the Dalai Lama for Ven. Panchen Ötrul Rinpoche’s work in Mongolia.In the afternoon, Ven. Panchen Ötrul Rinpoche met with a number of students who were seeking blessings and guidance.
8th AugustEvery year Asral welcomes English language teaching volunteers from Ireland, America and European countries. This year, a student of Ven. Rinpoche, Irene O’Shea, came from Ireland. Fifty children with their parents welcomed Ven. Rinpoche, and sang songs in English taught to them by Irene.Rinpoche spent the afternoon meeting with students and people seeking blessings and guidance.