Шедруб Линг
The tradition

The tradition

The Tradition and the Teachers

The Shedrub Ling community adheres to the doctrine coming from Buddha Shakyamuni. This doctrine, the Dharma, has spread from India and Nepal to the North, to Tibet where it could remain in all the completeness, due in many respects to the activity of Je Tsongkhapa, the founder of Gelug School. In the 16th century this doctrine was widely adopted by the Mongolian people, including the Kalmyks and the Buryats, who later became a part of Russia. The founder of Shedrub Ling, lama Tendzin Dokchit (Mikhail Sannikov), studied in Ivolginsky and Tamchinsky datsans in Buryatia in the early 1990-s; his main teacher was lama Darma-Dodi Zhalsaraev.

In 2015 in Shedrub Ling hosted the FPMT educational group “Lama Tsongkhapa”. The FPMT spiritual leader is a Nepalese lama Tubten Sopa Rinpoche, Gelug school teacher and the disciple of His Holiness Dalai Lama.

However not only Gelug School teachers come to preach in Shedrub Ling, but also representatives of other schools of Tibetan Buddhism, as well as other traditions of the Mahajana and Theravada. We try to avoid opposition of Buddhist schools to each other and to avoid fundamentalism.

The Temple’s Name

The Buddhist Temple and the future monastery on the Mount Kachkanar was named by the initiator of its construction, lama Darma-Dodie. Literally Shedrub Ling (Tib. bshad sgrub gling) is translated from Tibetan as "the place of studying and fulfillment [of Buddha's Doctrines]". This name refers to the words of the great Indian scientist Vasubandhu who wrote: "Buddha's doctrine has two aspects: the Texts and the Implementation. These two are comprehended thanks to studying and fulfillment".

“The Texts” here mean Buddha's doctrines as teachings existing in spoken and written form. "The Implementation" is a result, a fruit of Buddhist practice; and it resides directly in consciousness of those practicing, this is a live, first-hand experience. In this case verbal teachings serve as a basis of initial transmission of experience; being guided by them in the course of studying, the practicing embodiesб or fulfills them. If one doesn’t rely on accurately formulated verbal teachings, then it will be impossible to distinguish the practice purpose; and the fulfillments of these teachings will remain only useless words. Thus, both specified aspect of the Doctrine of Buddha are equally necessary.

Following the above, the duty of doctrines holders and of the monastic community members, Sangha, is to make sure that the precious Doctrine of Buddha in its two aspects didn't degrade, but remained long in this world. Such well-wishing was imported by Lama Darma-Dodi in the name “Shedrub Ling”.

Shedrub Ling (bshad sgrub gling) is a very common name for temples and monasteries in the Buddhist world. For example, in old Mongolia this name was given to a small monastery located near the capital Urga. In modern Ulaanbaatar the same name has the FPMT Buddhist center"Shaduvlin". Partial "namesake" of the temple on the Mount Kachkanar is the Buddhist temple in Erdeneta "Gandan-Shaduvlin".

Please note that before 2018 we used a little different transcription of the Tibetan name, "Schad Tchup Ling".