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Lama returns Mongolia after 53 years
Central Asia | society | 15:47, 10 October 2017 | 1204

AKIPRESS.COM - A Mongolian lama Luvsankhaidav Dash has come back home at his age of 85 after 53 years, Montsame state news agency reported.

Lama Luvsankhaidav has been a faithful disciple of the last incarnation of Gobi Noyon Khutagt. When massive arrests and killings of lamas happened in Mongolia during the political repression, Da lama Namjildorj, who was loyal disciple of Dilav Khutagt, fled together with his teacher to India in the end of 1930.

Later Da lama Namjildorj became a professor of Mongolian language, culture and religious philosophy at the University of California, Berkeley, and lama Luvsankhaidav came to the US at his teacher’s invitation in 1964.

Da lama Namjildorj died in 1969 because of cancer. Afterwards, Luvsankhaidav deconsecrated and married with a girl from Kalmik family. Lama Luvsankhaidav now lives with his three sons and wife Sanchirmaa near Berkeley, California.

Esteeming his teacher’s institution and books, he still keeps religious rituals and he has devoted himself to help Mongolians in the US. His Holiness Dalai lama stayed in the family of Luvsankhaidav, when he visited the US in 1979.

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