International Mongolian Festival

at the Tibetan Cultural Center & Chamtse Ling Temple

Annual World Harmony Series
September 17-19, 2004

Partner in the International Weekend in Bloomington, Indiana,
a 5-day weekend with three international events:

International Mongolian Festival
September 17th-19th,

2004 Lotus World Music & Art Festival
September 15-19th, 2004

Bloomington Multicultural Festival
September 19th, 2004
2004 Website

*For Mongolian speakers please contact Saruul at 202-286-3470
For a Mongolian Version of this Website Click Here (Opens a new window)

International Mongolian Festival will be televised by Mongolian TV9


Dear Participant:

In 1280, Mongol warriors swept throughout Asia and into eastern Europe, conquering all the cultures they encountered. From the very beginning of their domination, the Mongols showed great reverence towards Tibetan Buddhist lamas, and in 1578 Ghengis Khan's great grandson, Altan Khan, bestowed the title "Dalai Lama" on a great Gelugpa Lama--Gyalwa Gedun Drup. Dalai means “ocean of wisdom.” Lama means “wise teacher.” The title “Dalai Lama” was passed on to his successors, and the fifth Dalai Lama became the first lama to rule Tibet as both a religious leader and a political king. Our present Dalai Lama, Tenzin Gyatso, uses this title to acknowledge a gift from the Mongol khans of long ago.

To this very day, Mongolians and Tibetans continue to be intertwined by their mutual respect for one another. Because of our brotherhood, it gives me great pleasure to announce this International Mongolian Festival at our Tibetan Cultural Center. We hope that you will enjoy all the festivities and take this opportunity to learn about this great culture. Present day Mongolia is a democracy that is in great jeopardy because of its proud refusal to kowtow to totalitarian powers. Your support is vital to ensure its continued independence and the well-being of its people.



Thubten J. Norbu, President
Tibetan Cultural Center

The International Mongolian Festival will be the second unique event in the TCC annual World Harmony Series, inaugurated in 2003 with the dedication of the Chamtse Ling Interfaith Temple by His Holiness the Fourteenth Dalai Lama. The purpose of this festival is to introduce the culture and plight of Mongolia to the public. The program will take place September 18th and 19th on the grounds of the Tibetan Cultural Center.

The Tibetan Cultural Center was established by Thubten J. Norbu (Tagtser Rinpoche), eldest brother of His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama of Tibet, in 1979 to educate the public about the history and culture of Tibet, and to support Tibetans in Tibet and in exile.

The Chamtse Ling Temple was built at the TCC as a place where people of all faiths and all cultures can gather together to plan deeds of compassion and wisdom, rather than acts of war and violence. It is open to persons of all cultures and dedicated to the promotion of world peace and harmony

Proceeds: All proceeds from this festival will go to cover the expenses of the event. Any profits will go to support a Mongolian and Tibetan Charity

Our Supporters and Sponsors
Office of International Programs at Indiana University
Interasia Uralic National Resource Center
Vice Chancellor Charlie Nelms
Indiana University Bloomington Chancellor Kenneth Gros Louis
Mongolia Society
Indiana University
Lotus Festival
Culture Fest

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About Mongolia

The name ‘Mongolia’ has always stirred up visions of the untamed - Genghis Khan, camels wandering the Gobi Desert and wild horses galloping across the steppes. The Mongolian way of life is nomadic and intimately connected with the ways of animals. Despite urbanization, the traditions of the steppes live on.

Even in the cities--such as the capital, Ulaanbaatar, most Mongolians continue to live in a ger, a large, white felt tent that can be moved easily and has a universal layout: the door always faces south; towards the back and a little to the west is the place of honor set aside for guests; the back of the ger, the khoimor, is the place for elders and most treasured possessions; and on the back wall is the family altar, with Buddhist images and family photos.

Mongolians have always taken wholeheartedly to Tibetan Buddhism and the links between Mongolia and Tibet are old and deep. In Mongolia at the time of the communist takeover in 1921, there were 110,000 lamas (monks) living in about 700 monasteries. Beginning in the 1930s, thousands of monks were arrested, sent to Siberian labor camps and never heard from again. Monasteries were closed and ransacked and all religious worship and ceremonies outlawed. Not until 1990 was freedom of religion restored. Since then, there’s been a phenomenal revival of Buddhism (and other religions). . Mongolia’s survival as an independent nation is miraculous, sandwiched as it is between Russia and China. The country now has a ruling democratic coalition but independence has cost them dearly. Currently they are suffering from a lack of infrastructure and support.

Area: 1.56 million sq km
Population: 2.6 million
People: Khalkh Mongols (86%), Kazaks (2%), about a dozen other ethnic groups
Language: Mongolian
Religion: Tibetan Buddhism, Muslim, Shamanism
Government: parliamentary
Head of State: President Natsag Bagabandi
Head of Government: Prime Minister Tsakhia Elbegdorj

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Friday, September 17th

Evening Opening Concert
Pop Singer - Saraa
Pop Singer - Jargalsaikhan
Electric Violinist - Degi

Saturday, September 18

Main Tent Programs
10:00AM - 10:30AM
Welcome: Emcee: TBA
10:30AM - 11:00AM
Mongolian Throat Singer - ZULSAR
11:00AM - 11:30AM
Native American Indian Performance
11:30AM - 12:00PM
Youth Performance - The Indiana University Violin Virtuosi
12:30PM - 1:00PM
Tibetan Monk Performance
1:00PM - 1:30PM
Emcee: TBA Contortion Acts by Otgoo with young contortionists Uyanga, and Chimidzaya
1:30PM - 2:00PM
Female Mongolian Electric Violinist - Degi
2:00PM - 2:30PM
American Pop Singer
2:30PM - 3:00PM
Female Tibetan Singer - Dadon
3:00PM - 3:30PM
Female Mongolian Pop Singer - Saraa
3: 30PM - 4:00PM
Tibetan Singer
4:00PM - 4:30PM
Mongolian Pop Singer - Jargalsaikhan

Sunday, September 19

Main Tent Programs
10:00AM –10:15AM
Emcee – TBA
Traditional Mongolian Singer
10:15AM – 2:00PM
Mongolian Wrestling Match
Grand Champion Mongolian Wrestler Sukhbat
Garid "Phoenix" Gantogtokh
and other wrestlers
Traditional Mongolian Singer
12:30PM – 2:00PM
Archery Performance at Archery Range
2:00PM – 3:00PM
Religious talk given by the most highly revered Mongolian Abbot Venerable Ch. Dambajav Khamba Lama.
3:00PM – 4:30PM
Buddhist teaching given by H.H. Jigdal Dagchen Sakya Rinpoche

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Description & Fees

Spirit of Mongolia Week (Free)
Tuesday, September 14 thru Friday, 17

(Related Events in Area Preceding the Weekend)
Movies About Mongolia
Youth Workshops
Mongolian Art Exhibit

Friday, September 17th 8pm

Open to the Public Pay at the Gate

Opening concert for the International Mongolian Fesitval. Experience a taste in diversity of music as several popular artists from Mongolia will perform.

Fee: $30 for Friday Concert - Pay at the gate

Saturday, September 18th 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Open to the Public Pay at the Gate

The primary events will take place on a stage under an open-air tent. Different Mongolian, Tibetan, and Western acts will occur every 30-minutes along with Contortion Acts, Modern Pop Singers, Traditional Mongolian Singers, Tibetan Singers, and Native American Performers. Other events integral to the Mongolian culture will take place on the TCC grounds. Food and crafts will be sold on-site. Once admitted to the grounds, you will be able to move from event to event as you choose.

Fee: $40 for one day's pass; $30 for Mongolians and Tibetans.

Saturday, September 18th 7 p.m.

Fund-raiser dinner at the TCC's Main Building to promote the mission of the Chamtse Ling Interfaith Temple. Meet the performing artists and enjoy traditional Mongolian and Tibetan dishes.

Donation: $100 per plate.
Pay at the gate - LIMITED SEATING ONLY.

Sunday, September 19th 10 a.m.

Open to the Public Pay at the Gate

Traditional Mongolian Wrestling and Archery will be in the morning until 2:00PM.

Mongolian Wrestlers

Grand Champion Mongolian Wrestler Sukhbat



Garid "Phoenix" Gantogtokh

At 2pm, the most highly revered Mongolian Abbot, Venerable Ch. Dambajav Khamba Lama from the Dashchoiling monastery, will give a religious talk outside the Chamtse Ling Interfaith Temple in the open-air tent.
At 3pm there will be a Buddhist teaching given by H.H. Jigdal Dagchen Sakya, a head lama of the Sakya order of Tibetan Buddhism. Rinpoche will bestow a "Two Armed Vajrapani Empowerment Related to 8 Bodhisattvas". This is an inititation for protection and a life of tranquility. H.H. Jigdal Dagchen Sakya Rinpoche's visit is sponsored by:

SKH Quest Center
6263 Far Hills Avenue at Whipp Road
Dayton, OH 45459
(937) 436-9990

Fee: $20 for one day's pass; $15 for Mongolians and Tibetans

A two-day pass is available for Saturday and Sunday available at the gate:
$100 – Benefactor (*Limited Seating Only)
$50 - General Public (*Limted Seating Only)
$35 - Mongolians, Tibetans, Senior Citizens
*Children 10 and under FREE


All tickets are going to be available for purchase at the gate on the day of the event.

Accommodations & Travel Services

Contact the Bloomington Visitors Center (1-800-800-0037; 812-334-8900; www.visitbloomington.com for a list of accommodations or campgrounds in Bloomington. Surrounding areas: Bedford (800-798-9769), Columbus (812-379-4457), Nashville (812-988-6647). Carlson Wagonlit handles travel arrangements (1-800-467-7800; 812-339-7800. Camping for participants will be available free of charge on the Tibetan Cultural Center grounds during the events for all three days. No alcoholic beverages or illegal substances are allowed onto the TCC Grounds.

Arrival & Transportation

Indianapolis Airport provides a daily shuttle to Bloomington as well as limousine services. Consult the Visitors Center (1-800-800-0037;812-334-8900) for transportation schedules.


Ample parking space is available for $5 a day on the property directly opposite the TCC. Volunteers will be directing traffic.

Clothing & Weather

Bloomington is warm and often muggy during September. Dress comfortably. Casual clothing is acceptable but do not distract others by wearing inappropriate attire. Please pack rain gear since the weather is unpredictable.

Provisions for Handicapped

Special provision will be provided for the handicapped. A "Special Needs" table will be at the Information Tent. If possible, address your needs to the TCC by August 15, 2004.

Regulations and Safety

The use of candles, incense, camping gas stoves, cookers and open fire is prohibited. Smoking is not permitted. Video cameras and other cameras are permitted. The TCC does not provide baby-sitting services. Please keep you children safe and under control. Medical emergency services are available at the Emergency Station.

For your comfort and safety a food court will be available as well as drink booths and bathrooms with a map of their locations.

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Anyone who is interested in volunteering for International Mongolian Fesitval in Bloomington on September 17th,18th,19th, 2004 should fill out this online form:

Volunteer Form 2004

Then send information to the TCC marked:

Festival Volunteer
P.O. Box 2581
Bloomington, IN. 47402

OR email us at tcc@tibetancc.com with VOLUNTEER INFO in the subject line.

Volunteer Meeting - Tuesday September 14th, 5:30 - Chamtse Ling Temple Tent.

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If you're a food or retail vendor interested in having a venue on September 18th and 19th on the Tibetan Cultural Center grounds, please contact call Valerie Pena at: 812-334-8900 or email her at: valerie@visitbloomington.com Food court and retail tents, electicity, and water will be available.


Spirit of Mongolia Week

If you'd like to participate in the Spirit of Mongolia week with a lecture or performance, contact Valerie Pena at valerie@visitbloomington.com or call 812-334-8900.


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