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Article name Chakhar-Gebshi ‘s Concept of a Pious Monk
Authors Ayusheeva M.V. Candidate of History, ayagma@yandex.ru
Bibliographic description Ayusheeva M. V. Chakhar-Gebshi‘s Concept of a Pious Monk // Humanitarian Vector. 2021. Vol. 16, No. 3. PP. 184–190. DOI: 10.21209/1996-7853-2021-16-3-184-190.
Section ARCHEOGRAPHY: CULTURAL CODES OF ASIA
UDK 930
DOI 10.21209/1996-7853-2021-16-3-184-190
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Annotation 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.
Key words Chakhar-gebshi, moral prescription, biography, Mongolian Buddhism, monks, charter
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