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American Center for Mongolian Studies: Reception, Cultural Program and Poster Session


Reception, Cultural Program and Poster Session
Philadelphia Downtown Marriott (1201 Market Street, Philadelphia), Grand Salon L
Friday March 28, 7:30-9:30pm

The ACMS will celebrate its 12th annual meeting and the 10th anniversary of its Ulaanbaatar office with a reception, cultural program, poster presentation and annual business meeting held in Grand Salon L of the Downtown Marriott in Philadelphia from 7:30-9:30pm on Friday March 28, 2014. The meeting is held in conjunction with the Association of Asian Studies (AAS) annual conference. The ACMS reception and cultural program are free and open to all interested parties. You do not need to be registered for AAS to take part.

The cultural program will include Mongolian music and food, and is being organized in conjunction with the Mongolia Cultural Center (MCC) of Washington, DC. A poster display highlighting academic research and cultural topics related to Mongolia will be held during the reception. To propose a poster or display for the session, please send a brief abstract or description (no more than 250 words) to David Dettmann at ddettmann@mongoliacenter.org before March 14th, 2014. Posters and displays will be accepted on a rolling basis.

Reception, Cultural Program and Mongolia Poster Session – 7:30-9:30pm
Downtown Marriott Grand Salon L

The reception and poster session are free and open to the public. Mongolian food and drink will be available, along with Mongolian cultural performances. Posters and information tables will be displayed around the ballroom, and poster presenters will be available to discuss their research and cultural work.

ACMS Annual Membership Meeting – 8:00-8:30pm
Downtown Marriott Grand Salon L

The ACMS annual membership meeting will include an update on ACMS operations and programs with reports by ACMS President Bill Fitzhugh of the Smithsonian, ACMS US Director, David Dettmann, and Ulaanbaatar Office Manager Baigalmaa Begzsuren.

For more information or directions, please contact David Dettmann at ddettmann@mongoliacenter.org.

Open Letter Sent to KBS Board

From Darryl Pereborow:

I am sending this as an open letter to the KBS board.
It is with a very heavy heart that I inform the current board that I am withdrawing my future financial support that was so heavily relied upon to keep our Temple above water. I will continue to pay my membership dues every year and possibly send a small donation too. But with the way things are being handled I cannot continue to support the current leadership as it stands now. Possibly, if the entire current board (with the exception of Natalie A. and Pete Z., as I believe they are the only 2 on the board who want to truly move us forward) decided to step down and install a new board that truly want change I will then reconsider my decision. Out of respect I will also be speaking with Telo Rinpoche to advise him of my decision.
I am also requesting to withdraw my nomination from the current slate for the elections to be held on May 3rd.
It seems that my attempts at trying to have everyone come together and forget “old” issues, to discuss our differences constructively, to turn the page in our history, has only been “head nodded” to in agreement and then falls back into the same divisive relationships as before. I truly thought that by having a new board made up of differing views but having the same goals would be a great thing. But unfortunately this is not the case and I now see people’s true colors and that is a shame. Because I firmly believed that we could be a shining example of how our people can join together under a common cause to be successful. That belief I know now will never be able to come to fruition as it stands. As the more suggestions and offers to help with ideas get proposed the more everything stays the same.
I sincerely apologize for giving the impression of “false” hope to all that have listened to me and my ideas on how we can be a more cohesive group and keep our hurul alive. I am not quitting and I want to be clear on this point!! As I know that some if not a lot of people will be critical of me and that is ok because it is their opinion and they are entitled. And if they want to talk to me about it I will openly discuss my stance as it has not changed and has not wavered from the first time I met with the board back in November of 2013. I will not point fingers or disparage anyone but I will state the facts.
In closing, I want to reiterate what I have said many times before about the current board, if not for them we would not have a Temple right now! But I feel it is time for them to step down now. I wish them the best of luck and my prayers are with them always.
Darryl Pereborow

Nitsan Temple: Special Puja Services – Sunday, March 9th 12PM

All are welcome to participate in a special Puja service on Sunday, March 9th at 12PM at the Nitsan Temple in Howell, NJ.  This will be led by the Nitsan Temple monks as well as the Depung Gomang Sacred Arts Tour monks.

1.  Long Life Puja for His Holiness the Dalai Lama, the Venerable Shadjin Lama (Telo Tulku Rinpoche) and the Venerable Yonden Gyatso Lama.

2.  Medicine Buddha Healing Puja helps the healing of illness and removes obstacles for achieving good physical and mental health for you, your family and the deceased.

3.  Tara Puja offerings and prayers to overcome inner and outer obstacles in our daily lives and Buddhist compassion practice.

Before and after the puja, there will be a Drepung Gomang Sacred Arts Tent Sale.  Buddhist merchandise will be for sale.  100% of the proceeds benefit the Drepung Gomang Monastery Monks.


Philadelphia Tsagan Services

Please join us for Tsagan services:

Saturday, March 1st at 7PM

Sunday, March 2nd at 9AM

We look forward to seeing you there!

One World, Many Voices Photo Gallery Celebrates International Mother Language Day

This was a message sent to the Kalmyk Brotherhood Society from the Smithsonian Folklife Festival:

Dear Smithsonian Folklife Festival Friends,

In celebration of International Mother Language Day on February 21, the Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage has posted a new “Festival Photo Gallery” showcasing the many cultural experts who so generously shared their language revitalization efforts and cultural traditions as part of the One World, Many Voices:  Endangered Languages and Cultural Heritage program at the 2013 Smithsonian Folklife Festival.

Visit the Festival Photo Galleries at http://www.festival.si.edu/2013/One_World_Many_Voices/galleries/asl.aspx and explore the many other resources featured on the One World, Many Voices website at http://www.festival.si.edu/2013/One_World_Many_Voices/index.aspx

We extend our sincere thanks to everyone who helped to make the One World, Many Voices:  Endangered Languages and Cultural Heritage program possible through their invaluable support, advice, assistance, participation, and research.

Best wishes!

Saturday, March 1: Shadjin Lama To Join Tsagan Eve Prayers at Nitsan Temple


The Nitsan Temple monks are honored to announce that Shadjin Lama (Telo Tulku Rinpoche, Dilowa Hutugt)will join them for Tsagan Eve prayers, Saturday, March 1 at 6:00PM.

The Drepung Gomang Sacred Arts Tour Monks will also join the prayers Saturday evening as well as Sunday morning at 5:30AM.

Nitsan Temple will host a luncheon on Saturday, March 1st at 12PM for all the monks.  Vegetarian and Non-Vegetarian food donations are very much appreciated.  Please contact Ketty Ombadykow for more information.

Additionally, the Drepung Gomang Monastery Monks will be at Ocean County College, Toms River, NJ during the week of March 3rd.  Please visit this website for more information:  http://www.ocean.edu/content/public/for-the-community/news/Drepung_Gomang_Monastery_tour.html

KBS To Hold Board of Director Elections!


The Kalmyk Brotherhood Society general meeting was held on Saturday, February 8th at 1PM.  THANK YOU to those who attended and paid their membership dues.  Elections for a new board will be held in April/May. Date and time will be determined.

Those who would like to run or vote for an office MUST be a paid member.

The deadline to pay dues to participate in this election is April 1, 2014.

The following people were nominated from the membership:

President: Alta Buruschkin and Purma Muschajew
Vice President: Larissa Kalatschinow
Treasurer: Brenda Cucukov and Vera Ulzinow
Secretary: Natalie Schneider

Auditors: Sanje Abuschinow, Peter Zebekow, Udbala Buruschkin

Junior Board:  Sodnam Marchio, Sara Cucukov, Aysa Zebikow, Ryan Pereborow and Kyle Pereborow

The Junior Board of Directors is to get the younger generation involved in all aspects of running and caring for the temple.

If you are interested in a board or a junior board position, please let us know.

Call for Papers: 2014 Annual Meeting of The Mongolia Society in Philadelphia

2014 Annual Meeting of The Mongolia Society in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

The 2014 Annual Meeting of The Mongolia Society will be held in conjunction with the Dialogue Institute on the Temple University Campus (Philadelphia), on Sunday March 30, 2014. The exact time of the meeting and panels will be announced as plans are formalized. The AAS will also be meeting in Philadelphia March 27-30, 2014.

The Mongolia Society is placing a CALL FOR PAPERS for the 2014 Annual Meeting and Panels in Philadelphia, March 30, 2014. Please submit your abstract for consideration on Mongolian religious and cultural topics and the Mongol Diaspora–Kalmyk, Buriat, Hazara, and overseas Mongolian communities to The Mongolia Society office no later than February 25th. The abstract must contain the paper title, be no more than 300 words and have contact information, including email address. If your abstract is accepted, you will have 15 minutes to present your paper. After the paper presentations, there will be an open discussion with the audience. You must be a Mongolia Society member to present a paper. To join the Society, please either contact the Society office or go to our website http://www.mongoliasociety.org

Please submit your abstract to Susie Drost, The Mongolia Society, 322 Goodbody Hall, Indiana University, 1011 E. 3rd Street, Bloomington, IN 47405-7005; Telephone and Fax number: 812-855-4078; E-Mail: monsoc@indiana.edu; Web: http://www.mongoliasociety.org

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HOT OFF THE PRESSES!!! Внимание!! Внимание!!

Fundraising t-shirts are for sale from KBS. Get yours while they’re still available. Orders can be made via Paypal.

We are grateful to the Pereborow Family for generously donating the cost of the t-shirts!!

70% of the sales will go directly to the Philadelphia temple and each of the Howell temples will receive 10%. 

The shirts are Hanes Beefy Tee’s: Black (100% Cotton) and Light Grey (90% Cotton/10% Poly) both are pre-shrunk.

Prices: 1 for $20.00; Each additional is $15.00 plus shipping
Sizes: Adult Small thru Adult 3XL (Limited quantities in the 2XL & 3XL sizes)
Sorry no kids sizes available yet.

**NOTE – We should be able to ship to Elista, Kalmykia so don’t let that stop you from buying!!!!

Help support all the Kalmyk temples and buy a shirt!!

Om Mani Padme Hum

Please click here to make your purchase.  Thank you!!

**  If you have any technical issues purchasing a t-shirt, please email:  kalmykbrotherhood@gmail.com


Please save the date for the Kalmyk Brotherhood Society General Meeting at 1PM. All members should plan on attending as well as those who would like to become members.