Contributors to Ulaanbaatar Reports / Хүвь нэмрээ орүүлагчид

Krisztina Teleki

Researcher

Nationality: Hungarian

Tibetologist and Mongolist. Holds a PhD of Mongolian Linguistics and Philology from ELTE University, Faculty of Arts, Budapest, Hungary. Her PhD dissertation was written on the monasteries and temples of Urga (Bogdiin Khüree: Monasteries and Temples of the Mongolian Capital, 1651-1938, Eötvös Loránd University, Faculty of Arts, Doctoral School of Linguistics, Program on Mongolian Linguistics, Budapest, 2008, 282 pages). Has been to Mongolia over 10 times since 1999, on scholarships and research trips for periods of one month to one year surveying the history and revival of Mongolian Buddhism.

Participated in the pilot project (fieldwork in Töw aimag) of the Documentation of Mongolian Monasteries Project organised by the ACM in 2004, led by Renske Franken and Guido Verboom.

In cooperation with Zsuzsa Majer responsible for the complete Ulaanbaatar research conducted in 2005/2006, including the preparation of the following texts:

-      Monasteries and Temples of Bogdiin Khüree, Ikh Khüree or Urga, the Old Capital City of Mongolia in the First Part of the Twentieth Century (183 pages in English)

-      Survey of Active Buddhist Temples in Ulaanbaatar in 2005 – 2006, with some annotations in 2007 and 2011 (64 pages in English)

-      Ulaanbaatar khot dakh’ buddiin shashnii süm khiidüüdiin towch lawlakh, 2006. (27 pages in Mongolian)

-      Connected to these materials, based on the terms used in them and for future use for the project, they prepared 

a glossary of 877 terms (Mongolian-Tibetan-English).

In cooperation with Zsuzsa Majer responsible for interviews in 2006-2007 with old monks who had been monks before the purges and were still attending a monastery in Ulaanbaatar or in Zuunmod, Töw aimag. In all they interviewed 40 old monks, originally coming from all parts of the country, conducting first interviews with 31 of them in 2006 (prior to the ACM Documentation of Mongolian Monasteries project).

For the 2007 Arts Council of Mongolia countrywide survey, together with Zsuzsa Majer, based on the experience gained from their previous interviews, contributed to the questionnaire for gathering information about active (or revived) monasteries that were included in the survey partly on their recommendation. They also prepared the survey questionnaire and methodology for conducting the Oral Histories with old monks, ex-monks and others. Also contributed to the site pro-forma for recording information about the old monastic sites. 

She and Zsuzsa Majer comprised research Team D In the 2007 Arts Council of Mongolia countrywide survey and worked in Öwörkhangai and Dundgow’ aimags, and the south part of Töw aimag

The Hungarian State Eötvös Scholarship supported her research in 2005/2006 and the Stein-Arnold Exploration Fund of the British Academy, the Gate of the Dharma Buddhist Foundation (Hungary) and the Hungarian Scholarship Board supported her in the summer of 2007. Currently she works as research fellow at the Inner-Asian Department, Institute of Far-Eastern Studies, Eötvös Loránd University, Budapest, and has a three-year postdoctoral scholarship OTKA PD83465 awarded by the Hungarian Scientific Research Fund of Hungary for conducting research on the heritage of Urga or Bogdiin khüree (2011-2014). Within the framework of this project, she added some notes to the texts related to the present-day temples in Ulaanbaatar in 2011, and identified and described the old photos of Urga and rural monasteries which are available on the Documentation of Mongolian monasteries website.

Zsuzsa Majer

Researcher

Nationality: Hungarian 

Tibetologist and Mongolist. Holds a PhD (ELTE University, Faculty of Arts, Budapest, Hungary) of Mongolian Linguistics and Philology. Her PhD dissertation was written on the ritual and ceremonial practice in present-day Mongolian monasteries (A Comparative Study of the Ceremonial Practice in Present-day Mongolian Monasteries, PhD dissertation, Eötvös Loránd University, Faculty of Arts, Doctoral School of Linguistics, Program on Mongolian Linguistics, Budapest, 2008, 285 pages).

Has been to Mongolia 6 times since 1999, on scholarships and research trips for periods of one month to one and a half years surveying the history and revival of Mongolian Buddhism. 

In cooperation with Krisztina Teleki, in 2005/2006, she conducted research in Ulaanbaatar that was recorded in the following papers:

-      Monasteries and Temples of Bogdiin Khüree, Ikh Khüree or Urga, the Old Capital City of Mongolia in the First Part of the Twentieth Century (183 pages in English)

-      Survey of Active Buddhist Temples in Ulaanbaatar in 2005 – 2006, with some annotations in 2007 and 2011 (64 pages in English)

-      Ulaanbaatar khot dakh’ buddiin shashnii süm khiidüüdiin towch lawlakh, 2006. (27 pages in Mongolian)

-      Connected to these materials, based on the terms used in them and for future use for the project, they prepared 

a glossary of 877 terms (Mongolian-Tibetan-English).

In cooperation with Krisztina Teleki responsible for interviews in 2006-2007 with old monks who had been monks before the purges and were still attending a monastery in Ulaanbaatar or in Zuunmod, Töw aimag. In all they interviewed 40 old monks, originally coming from all parts of the country, conducting first interviews with 31 of them in 2006 (prior to the ACM Documentation of Mongolian Monasteries project).

For the 2007 Arts Council of Mongolia countrywide survey, together with Krisztina Teleki, based on the experience gained from their previous interviews, contributed to the questionnaire for gathering information about active (or revived) monasteries that were included in the survey partly on their recommendation. They also prepared the survey questionnaire and methodology for conducting the Oral Histories with old monks, ex-monks and others. Also contributed to the site pro-forma for recording information about the old monastic sites.

She and Krisztina Teleki comprised research Team D In the 2007 Arts Council of Mongolia countrywide survey and worked in Öwörkhangai and Dundgow’ aimags, and the south part of Töw aimag.

Her researches in 2005/2006 were supported by the Hungarian Scholarship Board’s six month scholarship and the Gate of the Dharma Buddhist Foundation (Hungary), in 2007 summer by the Stein Arnold Exploration Fund of the British Academy, the research exchange program (OTKA 62501) between the Department of Inner Asian Studies, ELTE, Budapest and the Institute of Language and Literature of the Mongolian Academy of Sciences, and also by the Gate of the Dharma Buddhist Foundation (Hungary).

Between 2010-2014 she held a three-year research scholarship from the Hungarian Academy of Sciences (Bolyai János Research Scholarship) for conducting research on the monastic system of Mongolian Buddhism, its main monasteries and the activities of the high lamas connected to these main monastic sites.