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Mongolia, Millennial monks are running the country’s monasteries. An estimated 17,000 of Mongolia’s Buddhist monks perished under communism, starting in the 1930s. It was only in the 1990s that monasteries and religious schools reopened. But the pipeline remains greatly reduced, with a smaller number of monks in their 20s and 30s now taking charge at many monasteries. Traditionally a monk’s training begins in childhood, and today it is harder to find children willing to commit to the profession. “It’s easy to chop down a forest, right?” Lobsang Rabten, second in command at Amarbayasgalant Monastery, said to Reuters. “But it takes a long time for new trees to grow back.” 

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