||Buddhism occupies an important place in the history of culture of the Mongolian peoples, in particular
from the 16th century, which corresponds to the third stage of the spread of the Buddhist religion among the
Mongols. Although Buddhist teachings have wide influence on everyday life, the philosophy of Buddhism was
understandable to a very small circle of adherents. For the majority of the population, ethical and didactic
literature and the authority of teachers were much more important. In this regard, the image of the clergy was
to be the standard of Buddhist behavior. There are amounts of non-canonical literature on the rules and instructions
for righteous behavior, addressed to both laity and clergy. The article analyzes the ideal image of a
monk, according to the requirements of Chakhar-gebshi Lubsantsultim on the basis of two works: “Biography
of Chakhar-gebshi”, compiled by his disciple Luvsansamduvnima in 1818, and the work of Chakhar-gebshi
entitled as a “Blue Book, History of Erdeni Dushi Monastery”. The biographical method used for characterizing
Chakhar-gebshi allowed to show his life and him as a strict monk as a model to be followed. The methods of
source study and comparative analysis were used for constructing and estimating of a model of religious behavior.
The materials from “The Blue Book” ‒ a work of a monastic charter ‒ are general for monastic education
and monastic environment in Mongolian Buddhism. The importance of keeping the teachings and religion of
Buddha in purity and maintaining the moral image of his followers as an authority for the laity has been emphasized
many times in the works of various authors. In this regard, the definitions of a pious monk written down
by Chakhar-gebshi represent a complete system that combines basic Buddhist precepts.
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