The spiritual head of Mongolia passed away Thursday morning in Ulaanbaatar at the age of 80.
The exile Tibetan Administration closed all the offices in the afternoon and held prayers for the late Khalkha Jetsun Dhampa.
The 9th Khalkha Jetsun Dhampa was born in Tibet in 1932 and at the age of four, he was recognized as the reincarnation of the former Khalkha Jetsun Dhampa.
Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama officially recognized the 9th Khalkha Jetsun Dhampa as the spiritual head of Buddhism in Mongolia in the year 1991.
In 1997, Khalkha Jetsun Dhampa was enthroned as the spiritual head of Jonang tradition of Tibetan Buddhism at a grand ceremony which took place at Tsuglha Khang, Dharamshala.