Wonderful Kalmykia

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(by Tsem Rinpoche and Stella Cheang)

I am part Kalmyk. The Kalmyks are Mongolians who have their own republic in the Russian Federation called Kalmykia. My adoptive parents, along with hundreds of other Kalmyks, migrated to the USA between the 1950s and 1960s. At the time, America’s immigration policies did not favour Asians, but the Kalmyks baffled American immigration authorities because they lived in Russia and had Russian-sounding names. Many Russians were also immigrating to America during that period and they vouched that Kalmyks were not ‘Asians’ but Russians, too. Their testimony swayed the American immigration authorities who eventually allowed the Kalmyks to migrate to the United States.

The Kalmyks and Russians have had close ties for centuries. When they first immigrated to America, the Kalmyks made their homes close to the Russians in Howell, New Jersey as well as in Philadelphia and New York. Their close ties even extended into death, with Kalmyks buried in Russian cemeteries in New Jersey. Even so, the Kalmyks kept their culture, language, Buddhist religion and customs intact.

Modern Kalmykia is very different from the place my parents knew decades ago. Many new Buddhist temples and stupas were built in the 1990s and the Kalmykian leadership has done a great deal of work to encourage the revival of Buddhism amongst their community. Through their efforts to promote Buddhist values that support basic human ethics like compassion, love, kindness and forgiveness, these days Kalmykia is the frontier of Eurasian Buddhism and a favourite site for pilgrims.

Tsem Rinpoche

 


 

Location and Geography

Kalmykia, or Kalmykiya, is located in the southwestern part of the Russian Federation. The 75,000 km2 land connects to the famous Caspian Sea on its east and the famous Volga River on its northeast. Immersed in zones of steppes and deserts, Kalmykia runs the length of 458km from north to south and 423km from west to east.

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A closer look at Kalmykia. Click to enlage.

The Kalmykian steppe includes salt lakes like Manych-Gudilo Lake, Sarpa Lake, the Sostinskiye Lakes, and Tsagan-Khak Lake. Natural resources like coal, natural gas, oil, and wind energy are abundant across the land while livestock breeding remains the chief economic activity. The republic’s industry, which evolved around processing livestock products, is concentrated in Kaspiysky and Elista, the capital city.

Kalmykia is a Republic under the Russian Federation which, since 2014, consists of 85 federal subjects that form its constituent members. All federal subjects possess equal rights; i.e. two delegates each in the Russian Federation Council, but they differ in the degree of autonomy each enjoys. There are six types of federal subjects; namely Oblast (46), Republics (22), Krais (9), Autonomous Okrugs (4), Federal Cities (3) and Autonomous Oblast (1).

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A map of the Russian Federation

 

Population

The Kalmyk population was estimated to be at 300,000 in 2017. Nomads by nature, they are descendants of Mongols who migrated to the Caspian region during the 17th Century. Their ancestors found the vast Kalmykia steppe suitable for their nomadic lifestyle and settled in the area.

Over time, the Kalmyks gradually ceased their nomadic ways and began to make use of the arable land to grow grain, corn, fodder grasses, mustard seed, sunflowers and melons. They became content to raise livestock and specialised in fine fleece and sheep-breeding. Those that settled along the Caspian Sea, especially in towns where there are fish-processing plants, adapted to include fishing as part of their livelihood.

The Kalmyks were traditionally a nomadic people descended directly from the Mongols

The majority of the population of Kalmykia is made up of Kalmyks (57%) and Russians (30%) while the rest belongs to other groups like the descendants of ancient Scythians, Huns and Sarmats. Roughly two-fifths of the total population lives in three main towns, namely Elista, Lagan, and Gorodovikovsk.

 

Climate

The climate of Kalmykia is continental and dry, where the summers are hot and the winters are cold with little snow. The average temperature for summers varies from 20°C to 26°C but can reach a maximum of 40°C or above. The temperature drops significantly during winters to an average of -5°C to -20°C. There are plenty of sunny days throughout the year, especially in July, which is a good time to visit the region.

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A typical sunny day in Kalmykia

 

History

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Peter the Great, who reigned from 1721 to 1725

The word “Kalmyk” originates from the Turkish word for “remnant”. The Kalmyks were once Oirat-Mongolian nomads who used to roam the vast Central Asia steppe. In the 17th century, a military offensive drove them westward where they reached the Volga River in the Russian territory. They made a deal with Peter the Great, the ruling Russian Tsar of the time, for an independent settlement in Russia in exchange for help in defending the sovereignty of Russia.

In the 18th century, Catherine the Great refused to tolerate an independent colony within Russia so she forced the Buddhist nomads to become Russian subjects. The nomads on the east side of the Volga River could not bear the oppression and tried to make their way back to their ancestral homeland. About 300,000 made the journey but encountered starvation, banditry and attacks from the Russians and Kazakhs. Very few survived the journey.

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Catherine the Great, who reigned from 1762 to 1796

The nomads on the west side of the Volga River decided to stay and became known as the Kalmyks. As Russian subjects, they were free to practise Lamaist Buddhism, build temples, and follow their own culture and traditions. They established themselves on the steppe and arable areas, and prospered. In 1936, Kalmykia became an Autonomous Republic.

The year 1943 proved to be the darkest in Kalmykian history. During World War II, when Russia fought Germany, the Kalmyks were accused of being Nazi sympathisers. About 170,000 Kalmyks were deported to Siberia after World War II and were not allowed to return home until 1957. By then, their numbers had shrunk to just 70,000, and many Buddhist temples and monuments had been destroyed.

Kalmykian President Kirsan Ilyumzhinov promoted Elista as a modern Buddhist city for world-class chess tournaments.

Kalmykian President Kirsan Ilyumzhinov promoted Elista as a modern Buddhist city for world-class chess tournaments.

The Kalmyks rebuilt their homes in deserted Kalmykia. A Buddhist revival and renewed enthusiasm from the leadership prompted efforts to establish Elista as a modern Buddhist city for world-class chess tournaments.

Kirsan Ilyumzhinov, the President of Kalmykia from 1993 to 2010, funded the construction of temples and Buddhist monuments in Elista. He also mandated Buddhism traditions and principles as part of the school curriculum. Alexei Orlov succeeded Ilyumzhinov as President in 2010.

 

Places of Interest

Kalmykia is the only state in the whole of Europe where the majority of the population is Buddhist. It was romantically described in a 1997 article by The Economist as:

“… a strange enough place at first glance, and a far stranger one on further inspection. The easiest way to think of it is as a piece of Asia that came wandering into European Russia, and stayed.”

Here is a list of recommended attractions in Kalmykia:

 

1. Temple of the Golden Abode of Buddha

In the capital of Elista stands a giant Buddha and the biggest Buddhist temple in all of Europe. The temple, also known as the New Khurul or Burkhan Bagshin Altan Sume, was consecrated in December 2005. Tourists can visit the mandala-shaped temple compound, the balcony around the temple, and the museum on the ground floor. It is also home to the robe of His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama.

Address: Klykova Street, Elista 358000, Russia
Phone: +7 847 224 01 09
Visitor Information: The temple grounds are open from 8am to 8pm daily. The library and museum are open from 10am to 6pm Tuesdays to Sundays; closed on Mondays. Daily prayers from 9am to 10.30am; prayers for the deceased on Fridays from 2pm to 4pm. Admission is free and donations are welcome.

The Temple of the Golden Abode of Buddha is the tallest outside Asia

The Temple of the Golden Abode of Buddha is the tallest outside Asia

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The centrepiece of the Temple of the Golden Abode of Buddha is an 8-meter tall golden Buddha statue, the largest in Europe.

 

2. Pagoda Seven Days

This bright-red pagoda stands at Elista’s main intersection. It is lavishly lighted after sunset and presents a beautiful contrast to the surrounding parks and Buddhist buildings. This seven-floor pagoda stands on the same place where a Lenin statue once stood and is a prominent landmark of modern Elista.

Address: Pushkina Street, Elista, Russia.
Visitor Information: Open daily with free entrance.

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3. Buddhist Temple Syakusn-Sume “Geden Sheddup Choikorling”

The first Buddhist monastery built in the 1990s after the Stalin Purge destroyed all of Kalmykia’s Buddhist buildings is also the first monastery built in the region. Located roughly 6km from Elista, the monastery is surrounded by fields and grass.

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Visitors can purchase prayer flags from the temple and tie them on nearby trees. His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama bestowed the monastery with the Tibetan name of “Geden Sheddup Choikorling”, which means “A Holy Abode for the Theory and Practice of the School of Gelugpa.”

Address: Lermontov Street, 87, Elista, Russia
Visitor Information: As this is not a common tourist attraction, visitors are advised to ask politely at the door for permission to enter. Admission is free, and donations are welcome.

 

4. The Stupa of Enlightenment

The Alistinskaya Stupa of Enlightenment is located in Lenin Square. The compound consists of the stupa, a Protector House and a Gompa (prayer hall) which houses a prayer drum and beautiful Buddhist paintings by the famous Tibetan artist Denzong Norbu of Rumtek. In 2009, the 17th Gyalwa Karmapa Trinley Thaye Dorje visited the stupa.

Address: Lenin Street, Elista, Russia
Visitor Information: Open daily, and entrance is free.

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5. Golden Gate

The Golden Gate can be found in the same compound as the Temple of the Golden Abode of Buddha Shakyamuni. The roof is painted gold to reflect the bright sunlight. On the arch of the gate, there is an inscription of the Bodhisattva Avalokiteshvara’s famous mantra “OM MANI PEME HUNG” that blesses everyone who passes under it.

Address: Klykova Street, Elista 358000, Russia
Visitor Information: Open from 8am to 8pm daily. Entrance is free.

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6. Temple of the Great Victory

Located in the village of Bolshoy Tsaryn, the Temple of the Great Victory is based on an unconventional mandala design that is spacious and authentic. The temple comprises of a main prayer hall, a reception room for the Abbot, Jigme Lama, and ancillary facilities. It houses a sacred prayer text collection gifted by His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama as well as various Buddhist paintings.

Address: Karla Marksa Street, 6, Bolshoy Tsaryn 359450, Russia
Visitor Information: Open from 8am to 4pm daily.

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7. Monument to Zaya Pandita

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Zaya Pandita is a famous Buddhist master and a descendant of the Oirat-Mongolian royal line. He studied in Tibet under the guidance of His Holiness the 4th Panchen Lama and Tulku Drakpa Gyeltsen and was a prolific writer who also created the written form of the Kalmyk language called the “Clear Script”.

In his lifetime, he translated 186 Buddhist scriptures from Tibetan to this new written language. The monument, sculpted by the famous Rokchinskii in 1999, commemorates the saint’s great work and contributions.

Address: Elista, Russia
Visitor Information: Open all day. Entrance is free.

 

8. Bogdakhin Temple

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The Bogdakhin Temple was famously gifted to the Kalmyks by His Holiness the 5th Dalai Lama and His Holiness the 4th Panchen Lama in the 17th century.

In the beginning, it was a nomadically designed temple that was built in the style of a Mongolian “ger”. It used to move along with the nomads who lived beside the Manych River. It is now situated permanently in the village of Khar-Buluk. The temple was destroyed in 1929 during the Stalin Purge and was rebuilt in 1991.

Address: Khar-Buluk Village in Tselinnyi rayon of Kalmykia
Visitor Information: As this is not a common tourist attraction, visitors are advised to ask politely at the door for permission to enter. Admission is free, and donations are welcome.

 

9. Republican Museum of Local Lore

This Soviet-style building was beautifully designed as a single structure to house the history of Kalmykia and her lovely people. Visitors can find information on everything about Kalmykia: from the nature of the land, wildlife, and minerals, to Buddhism, art, traditions, and culture.

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The Museum also displays a collection of authentic artworks from local artists that were previously housed at Kalmykia State Art Gallery.

Address: Chehova ul., d. 5, Elista 358000, Russia
Phone: +7 847 224 32 81
Visitor Information: Open from 9am to 6pm on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Fridays; 9am to 9pm on Thursdays; and 10am to 4pm on weekends. The Museum is closed on Mondays. The entrance fee is 60RUB per adult and 40RUB per child.

 

10. City-Chess

This sizable development, also known as Chess City, was completed in 1998. It comprises the modern four-storey building complex with a domed roof called City Chess Hall, Olympic-styled villages, restaurants, bars, hotels, and recreational facilities.

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The Hall is decorated with sculptures and artwork related to chess and has hosted international chess tournaments like the Chess Olympiad and renowned dignitaries like His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama.

Address: Elista, Russia
Phone: +7 847 226-25-70
Visitor Information: Open all day. Entrance is free.

 

11. The Chess Museum

The Chess Museum is a part of City-Chess. It is devoted to everything related to chess – the history, and rules and traditions of this game. Visitors will find exhibitions of chess tournaments, championship trophies and rewards, as well as souvenirs and the personal collection of Mikhail Tal, the 8th World Chess champion.

Address: Elista, Russia
Phone: +7 847 226-25-70
Visitor Information: Open from 9am to 6pm, Mondays to Fridays; 9am to 4pm on Saturdays. Closed on Sundays. Entrance fee is 25RUB per person.

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12. The Monument of “Exodus and Return”

The Stalinist repression is a painful episode in the history of Kalmykia. Many lost relatives and loved ones during the exodus. This bronze monument was erected in 1996 to express the pain that the survivors endured and to honour the ones who did not return.

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On December 28th each year, thousands of people gather at the memorial site to commemorate this historic event.

Address: Har-buluk, TSelinnyj, Russia
Visitor Information: Open all day. Entrance is free.

 

13. Ostap Bender Monument

Ostap Bender is the protagonist of the book The Twelve Chairs by Yevgeni Petrov and Ilya Ilf (1928). To some, he is a cheerful hero with an enterprising mind. To others, he is a con artist who was obsessed with chess.

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The book and Ostap Bender’s character turned the picaresque novel genre into a new trend in the Soviet Union. Many phrases from the book endure as catch-phrases to this day. As the inspiration behind City-Chess, the monument memorialises the unusual charm of this fictional character.

Address: Ostapa Bendera Ave., 6, Elista, Russia
Visitor Information: Open all day. Entrance is free.

 

14. Cathedral of Our Lady of Kazan

The Cathedral of Our Lady of Kazan is an Orthodox church with a domed roof and is one of the oldest religious buildings in Kalmykia. Religious ceremonies are still performed at this church by monks.

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The ornate interior of the church features paintings of Mother Mary and Holy Jesus, and a massive chandelier hangs from its ceiling.

Address: Rodnikovy Alley, Elista 358001, Russia

 

15. Museum of Oirat-Mongolian Nomad Culture

The Museum of Oirat-Mongolian Nomad Culture houses many traditional items that introduce visitors to the history and lifestyle of the Kalmyk people. The Museum also has a collection of colourful traditional wear that visitors may try on.

Address: Ostapa Bendera Ave., 1, Elista 358014, Russia
Phone: +7 927 595 54 49

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Culture and Etiquette

Kinship plays an intricate role among the Kalmyk people. Households are usually led by the father or brothers, or related men from the same bloodline. The mother’s role is to take care of the house and raise the children. Children are at the bottom of the clan hierarchy.

When women marry into a family, it is taboo for her to utter the names of her husband’s relatives. Instead, she must find nicknames or substitutes with which to address them.

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Musicians Dmitriy Sharayev and Viktor Okchayev are an instrumental part of the movement to revive the Kalmyk culture and language

A typical day in a Kalmyk house begins with the cleaning of the altar and cooking, usually by the female members of the family. Chores and tasks are assigned based on hierarchy and gender.

The importance of kinship can be seen in the way Kalmyk strangers greet each other. The greeting traditionally begins with a standard question “Kenyahnyavt?”, which means “Which clan/family do you belong to?”

The usual reply would include information on the name of the clan, and its attributes and merits. For example,

“Our Protector is the ancient Chakchi, our mantra is manla, our temple that of Green Tara, our totem is Eedzh Avgatan and I am from the clan of Iki Bagud.”

The person will only mention his or her name at the end.

 

Festivals

The Kalmyks observe several festivals that celebrate Buddhism as well as their rich culture and traditions. These are a few of the most notable Kalmyk festivities:

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A traditional Kalmyk dance

 

New Year Zul

New Year Zul celebrations in the Temple of the Golden Abode of Buddha

New Year Zul celebrations in the Temple of the Golden Abode of Buddha

The Zul celebration is considered the Kalmyk New Year but, in a spiritual sense, it is also a celebration of Lama Tsongkhapa’s birthday. The festival lasts for up to 15 days from December 1st to 15th. During this time, the Kalmyk people make offerings to the Buddhas, light butterlamps, and make bortsg (fried bread).

 

Tsagaan Sar

The White Moon Festival, also known as the Mongolian New Year, is celebrated on the first three days of the lunar month, similar to the Tibetan Losar Festival. Dressing up in full traditional costumes during the festival is a tradition still observed to this day. During Tsagaan Sar, the Kalmyks visit the homes of relatives and friends to feast together on traditional servings of horse meat.

Dancers celebrate Tsagaan Sar in the Kalmykian city of Elista

Dancers celebrate Tsagaan Sar in the Kalmykian city of Elista

 

The Tulips Festival

The Tulips Festival is a spring-time celebration to welcome the wild scenes of Gesner tulips growing on the steppes of Kalmykia from April 20th to 30th. Gesner wild tulips come in many colours, like red, yellow, purple and pink. A blooming steppe is a breath-taking sight and a perfect photographic moment. Special tents are set up at the steppe by organisers and visitors usually arrive in droves from Elista. There are usually performances, and sporting events like wrestling and horse riding are held at designated compounds.

The Tulips Festival on the Kalmyk steppe is a sight to behold

The Tulips Festival on the Kalmyk steppe is a sight to behold

 

Uniquely Kalmykia

Here are a few things that are uniquely Kalmykia:

National Sport
The national sport of Kalmykia is chess. It is encouraged in schools and everyone can enjoy a game of chess in public parks.

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Chess is a popular national past time

Swimming in Salt Lakes
Almost all the lakes in Kalmykia are salt lakes. It is forbidden to swim in the salt lakes for more than 20 minutes because of the possibility of chemical burns.

Sincere Greetings
Have a white road” is a standard greeting that wishes the other person a journey free of obstacles.

A salt lake on the Kalmykian steppe

A salt lake on the Kalmykian steppe

 

Food

The Kalmyks’ nomadic traditions and unadulterated Mongolian heritage have shaped their cuisine. An authentic Kalmyk menu will consist of plenty of meat made into dumplings or sausages and horse milk. Here are a few typical Kalmyk dishes that can be found in restaurants as well as homes:

Bortsg – This traditional fried bread uses ingredients such as flour, cow milk, butter, salt, sugar and vegetable oil. It comes in several varieties like Tselvg, which is round and flat in shape; Togsh, which looks like a livestock shelter; and Shovun, which looks like a bird. Variations of this traditional fare can get quite creative.

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Beerg or Berk – These large dumplings are filled with meat and boiled in soup or water. It comes in several shapes and is best served hot.

Huursn Mahn – A mutton dish fried in oil with pasta, onions, and other spices.

Markhan Sheltagan – This traditional soup is made with potatoes and meat, usually mutton or beef.

Makahan – This dry horse sausage is a Kalmyk speciality.

Caviar – The Caspian Sea is famous for its harvests of caviar. This is considered a luxury dish in Kalmykia.

Fish Dumplings – Made with fish and potatoes, this is a popular dish amongst Kalmyks living along the Caspian Sea.

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Dzshomba – A traditional Kalmyk tea served during special ceremonies that is made of milk tea with added salt.

Kumys – Many people recommend this sour horse milk that is considered a traditional cure for respiratory ailments.

Yarkis – This traditional alcoholic drink is made from sheep’s milk. Yarkis can be distilled three times to increase its alcohol content. The beverage from the first distillation is called arz, the second is called khorz, and the third, borz.

 

Visas

Since the Republic of Kalmykia is a part of the Russian Federation, a Russian visa is a mandatory requirement for all visitors. For more information on applying for a Russian visa: http://www.russianembassy.net/rusvisa.html

 

Getting There and Around

As tourist destinations go, Kalmykia is off the beaten path and unique in many ways. There are several ways you can travel to this beautiful land.

 

By Plane

Kalmykia’s international airport is located 8.6km from Elista. There are flights from Moscow and St. Petersburg on selected days via Rusline and Ural Airlines respectively. Flights from Moscow usually take two hours.

Another option is to fly to Rostov-on-Don Airport via DonAvia and take a bus to Elista. The bus ride is seven to eight hours. The frequency of flights to Rostov-on-Don Airport makes up for the time spent on the road.

 

By Train

The most convenient railway journey is from Moscow to Volgograd. From there, a “marshrutka” express minibus can take you to Elista. There are frequent trains to Volgograd, and the express minibus is reasonably priced. Though there are direct train rides from Moscow to Elista, these tend to be scheduled infrequently and seasonally.

 

By Bus

The most common way to travel to Kalmykia is to fly into Moscow and take a bus to Elista. The bus ride takes roughly 18 hours and departs daily at 2pm and 7pm. The pick-up points in Moscow are close to selected subway stations, namely Orehovo, Teplyi Stan, and Krasnogvardeiskaya. It costs approximately 1,350RUB per person.

There are also daily bus services from Volgograd to Elista. Their final destinations are usually places like Nalchik and Stavropol, but the buses do stop at Elista en route. The Volgograd bus station can be found at 400087, Volgograd, Ul. Balonina, 11. Call the information desk for routes, schedules, and ticket information: +8442 37-72-28.

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Elista’s central bus station

 

Getting Around

There are a few taxi services and tour packages available in Elista city to bring visitors around the city or to outlying areas. Accommodation bookings usually also offer airport transfers, but visitors are advised to do more research before making final plans.

 

Where to Stay

Elista is the best place to stay while in Kalmykia. It offers a few safe and comfortable accommodation options for a good night’s sleep. Here are the top recommendations:

 

Hotel Ostrovok

This modern hotel has a number of favourable reviews for cleanliness. Located in the centre of the city of Elista, it offers free Wi-Fi, a water heater, air-conditioning, a fridge, and a flat screen TV in each room.

Address: Respublikanskaya 14, 358000 Elista, Russia
Online Booking: booking.com

 

Gostiny Dvor Bike Post

This simple hotel is close to the largest Buddhist temple in the city. It welcomes pet dogs and is recommended by travellers, many of whom have commented that this hotel met their expectations of a clean and comfortable overnight stay.

Address: Lenina st., 311A, Elista 358000, Russia
Online Booking: tripadvisor.com, booking.com

 

Mini-Hotel Alfa

This backpacker-styled hotel is just a five minute walk from the bus terminal. It is a clean and no-frills lodging situated among some light industrial warehouses, which add to the authenticity of the hotel. The hotel accepts cash but not bank cards.

Address: Ploshchad’ Pryvokzal’naya, 7b, Elista 358000, Russia
Online Booking: tripadvisor.com, booking.com

 

Useful Books

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The History of Kalmykia: From Ancient Times to Kirsan Ilyumzhinov and Aleksey Orlov

Kalmykia’s rich history is traced from earliest records to the present time. This book is the first to document the history of chess in Kalmykia and includes interviews with many notable people. It also includes previously unpublished information about Kirsan Ilyumzhinov, the former President of the Republic of Kalmykia.

 

Short Video: A Quick Overview of Elista

This beautiful video by SONA Family showcases enchanting Elista in less than two minutes.

Or view the video on the server at:
http://video.tsemtulku.com/videos/Kalmykia-Elista.mp4

 

Sources:

  • https://www.rbth.com/multimedia/history/2017/07/12/real-life-horror-stories-of-the-kalmyks-who-survived-genocide_801192
  • http://www.kalm.ru/en/geo.html
  • https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Subdivisions_of_Russia
  • http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/europe/country_profiles/4580467.stm
  • https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Russian_rulers
  • http://www.kalmykia.net/sights/buddhist-temple-syakyusn-syume/
  • http://www.kalmykheritage.socanth.cam.ac.uk/en/index.php
  • https://wikitravel.org/en/Kalmykia
  • http://www.kalmykia.net/celebrations/new-year-zul/
  • http://www.kalmykheritage.socanth.cam.ac.uk/en/kalmyksinrussia.php?classif=22

 

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  1. Pastor Adeline Woon on Jul 28, 2018 at 6:05 am

    Nice short video of a new LED signage reminding us of who we can go to for blessings in case of need: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EBwrkaKUoH0

  2. Joy Kam on Jul 26, 2018 at 3:18 am

    Listening to the chanting of sacred words, melodies, mantras, sutras and prayers has a very powerful healing effect on our outer and inner environments. It clears the chakras, spiritual toxins, the paths where our ‘chi’ travels within our bodies for health as well as for clearing the mind. It is soothing and relaxing but at the same time invigorates us with positive energy. The sacred sounds invite positive beings to inhabit our environment, expels negative beings and brings the sound of growth to the land, animals, water and plants. Sacred chants bless all living beings on our land as well as inanimate objects. Do download and play while in traffic to relax, when you are about to sleep, during meditation, during stress or just anytime. Great to play for animals and children. Share with friends the blessing of a full Dorje Shugden puja performed at Kechara Forest Retreat by our puja department for the benefit of others. Tsem Rinpoche

    Listen here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZbzgskLKxT8&t=5821s

  3. Datuk May on May 30, 2018 at 4:13 pm

    From the literature that I have read of Russia and the countries eastwards of Russia, I have noticed that many inhabitants of this vast land mass on earth looks extremely Asian.

    Reading about the region of Kalmykia and the citizens Kalmyks confirms that some Russians are of Asian origins. As with the Kalmyks, though are Russians nationals were of Mongolian origins.

    What an amazing article to read that somewhere in Russia there is a Buddhist enclave in Kalmykian city of Elista of colourful Buddhist temples, stupas and shrines. This is because when the Kalmyks settled in Russia they were given the right of religious practices. And Kalmyks are buddhists.

  4. Samfoonheei on May 28, 2018 at 10:33 am

    Truly amazing republic to visit in Kalmykia….less developed and desolate landscape which I loved to see. Kalmykia is a republic in Southern Russia and the only Tibetan Buddhist “nation” of Europe. The Kalmyk people are descended from nomadic Mongol herdsmen. One of Europe’s poorest and most underdeveloped regions. It is because of Buddhism, Kalmykia and may be of interest to tourists and travellers. The most interesting and exotic places are Buddhist temples and pagodas, including one of the largest Buddhist temples in Europe and the big Buddha statue in it. The architecture of the temples and pagodas are of traditional structures of Asian multi-level and traditional Tibetan. The Kalmyk people are descended from nomadic Mongol herdsmen.
    Thank you Rinpoche and Stella Cheang for this wonderful and details sharing.

  5. Anne Ong on May 27, 2018 at 8:53 pm

    Really and informative and truly enlightenining articles about Kalmykia who are decendents of Mongols. I’m also very amazed to know there are so many big and beautiful temples and stupas in Russia, and beautiful intersting foods too. thank you very much Rinpoche and Stella for sharing this very educational write up about Kalmykia and beautiful pictures too!😍👍

  6. Anita Dharam on May 27, 2018 at 7:18 pm

    Great article given a complete overview of kalmykia (still can’t spell it right without referring) – from history to places of interest and kalmykia today. 👍

    • Stella Cheang on May 28, 2018 at 9:20 pm

      Thank you, Anita, for the comment.

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  • Samfoonheei
    Monday, Aug 20. 2018 12:36 PM
    Interesting biography of Gendun Drub who was identified as an emanation of bodhisattva of compassion. He was born the son of a nomadic farmers and there’s a legend about his birth where a large black raven protect him from intruders, crows and wild vultures. The black raven an emanation of Mahakala was told . He lived the life of a shepherd until the age of seven showing early inclination for a religious life. He was sent to the monastery and studied under many great famous scholars and was a student of the Je Tsongkhapa . He was posthumously given the title of First Dalai lama. He remained the abbot of Tashilhunpo Monastery until his death.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/great-lamas-masters/the-first-dalai-lama-gendun-drub.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Monday, Aug 20. 2018 12:36 PM
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this short biography of Pakpa Lodro Gyeltsen. Amazing… Pakpa Lodro Gyeltsen has a very good memory as he can mastered eight volumes of works that he taught and has given oral texts commentary. He would recite the mantras of Avalokitesvara and Manjushri thousands of times each day. He did serve as a teacher to numerous abbots of Gelug monasteries in Lhasa too. Inspiring post of a great master.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/great-lamas-masters/pakpa-lodro-gyeltsen.html
  • Yee Yin
    Monday, Aug 20. 2018 01:22 AM
    Thank you Tsem Rinpoche for sharing such a beautiful Buddha image and prayer. There are many stories about practitioners who have very strong faith in what they practice and ultimately, they gain attainments from that single practice. The nun was very kind to write this prayer and give us the opportunity to practice so we can be benefited from it as well. Her result proved that prayer and mantra are powerful, but we must have faith.

    https://www.facebook.com/TsemTulkuRinpoche/photos/a.10150226829158785/10155808993073785/?type=3&theater
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  • Yee Yin
    Monday, Aug 20. 2018 01:17 AM
    While we are still alive, we should be preparing for our death. Accumulate good karmas and merits which we can bring with us to our next life. Good food, good car, big house, nice handbags are things we enjoy now but cannot bring with us when we die.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/wp-content/gallery/photos-on-the-go/photo_180811135916_0.jpg
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  • Yee Yin
    Monday, Aug 20. 2018 01:12 AM
    How often do we do something virtuous? When we are free, we like to go shopping, meeting up with friends, eating, drinking, doing sports or traveling. All these activities don’t bring us long-term benefits, the benefits we enjoy after we are dead.

    For Malaysians, due to Tsem Rinpoche’s kindness, we are very fortunate to have a holy and beautiful Kechara Forest Retreat (KFR) in Bentong to let us accumulate merit and purify our negative Karma. These people gathered in KFR to do something virtuous together, how wonderful!

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/wp-content/gallery/kfr-updates/tblogpics-m9cqihn5l2.jpg
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  • Lin Mun
    Sunday, Aug 19. 2018 10:03 PM


    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing the info and benefit of the above plants. My office used to have plants but no enough as suggested by the article. With this knowledge I hope more will get at least some small plants to put on the working table. We need fresh air and more greens in the office to keep the environment fresh.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/current-affairs/making-air-fresh-in-your-house.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Sunday, Aug 19. 2018 11:33 AM
    Padampa Sangye was an Indian yogi and spiritual master from southern India. He was well known for bringing Indian Buddhist teachings to China and Tibet and has travelling extensively his whole life throughout in India, Tibet, and China. He is counted as a lineage guru by all schools of Tibetan Buddhism , well known teacher and many prominent figures came to receive teachings from him. Wow …he was at Wutaisan too meditating ,teaching and in retreat until his death. He is well remembered for his support of women practitioners. That’s great.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing of a great master.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/great-lamas-masters/padampa-sanggye.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Sunday, Aug 19. 2018 11:32 AM
    Interesting article …..Professor Reginald Ray shares about the importance and impact rituals mainly for westerners or non believer or non Buddhist. For many Westerners , they tend to view unseen beings as superstition . I do believe of that unseen beings do exist. They are always around us and we should keep in mind that as long as we do not disturb them , respect them they will do no harm in return. Ritual is a way of communicating with beings who really are out there . In Tibetan Buddhism, ritual is used in relation both to the seen and the unseen worlds. Buddhism is a path of mind transformation., meditation, visualization and so forth.
    Professor Reginald Ray explained a very deep insight of Tibet Buddhism , the traditional Tibetans and Western cultures.
    Well I have still lot more to learn from this post and I will read again to understand better.
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this sums up the core concepts of Tibetan Buddhism.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/on-the-importance-of-relating-to-unseen-beings.html
  • Yee Yin
    Sunday, Aug 19. 2018 01:17 AM
    Malaysia is a multi-racial, multi-religion and multi-cultural country. However, everyone here lives in harmony and respects each other’s differences. All of us celebrate the festivals together.
    There are many festivals of different cultures being celebrated in Malaysia. For examples, the Indian festival Thaipusam, Chinese New Year, Muslim Hari Raya, to name a few.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/travel/top-ten-events-and-festivals-to-visit-in-malaysia.html
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  • Yee Yin
    Sunday, Aug 19. 2018 01:15 AM
    The more we are developed and advanced, the more we are exposed to harmful elements. For examples, the radiation from the technology devices, dust, carbon monoxide, chemicals found in the household products, etc. Fortunately, there are ways to get rid of these harmful elements naturally without using chemicals. Plants like English Ivy, Bamboo Palm, Ficus and many more are good to purify our living environment. Some of then can be put indoor, some are planted outdoor. These plants are ideal to green up our environment and at the same time serve as a purifier.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/current-affairs/10-houseplants-that-can-purify-the-air-in-your-house.html
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  • Yee Yin
    Sunday, Aug 19. 2018 01:12 AM
    This is a great news! New Zealand has officially made it illegal to use animals in research and testing, people who are involved in animal cruelty cases will be prosecuted. This new law is passed on the basis that animals can experience positive and negative emotions too. Even though animals can’t talk but they can feel the pain, they have fear in them too.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/current-affairs/new-zealand-officially-recognizes-all-animals-as-sentient-beings.html
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  • Tsem Rinpoche
    Saturday, Aug 18. 2018 12:01 PM
    Kechara Forest Retreat doing the extended puja of Dorje Shugden and Tsem Rinpoche attends the 2nd half. Good video to download: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R-an_NAH6Mk
  • Tsem Rinpoche
    Saturday, Aug 18. 2018 05:11 AM
    Praise to Avalokitesvara (Chenrezig)

    This is the famous praise to Avalokitesvara (Chenrezig) written by the realised Nun Palmo who attained Buddhahood and cured herself of leprosy through her austere practices based on Avalokitesvara and Nyung Nay (fasting retreat). This prayer is filled with great blessings. Below that is the long dharani (mantra) of Avalokitesvara which is good to do. Basically there are four things that happens for a person who practises this mantra constantly:

    1. At time of death, one will behold Buddhas
    2. One will not take rebirth into three lower realms
    3. Accidental death or premature death
    4. After death, will be reborn in Amitabha’s pureland


    Begin:

    NAMO MAN-JU-SHRI-YE NAMO SU-SHRI-YE NAMO UT-TA-MA SHRI-YE SOHA

    OM JIG TEN GON PO LA CHAG TSAL LO
    I bow to the Protector of the world.

    JIG TEN LA MA SRID PA SUM GYI TO PA PO
    Everyone in the three world praises and celebrate the Lama.

    LHA YI TSO WO DUD DANG TSHANG PAY TOD PA PO
    Even the gods and Brahma celebrate and praise Lord Chenrezig

    THUB PAY GYAL CHOG TOD PAY DRUB PAR DZAD PA PO
    One who wishes to attain buddhahood praises the lord who delivers such accomplisment.

    JIG TEN SUM GYI GON PO CHOG LA CHAG TSAL LO
    I bow to the supreme protector of the three world.

    DE SHEG PAG ME KU TE KU ZANG DZIN PA PO
    Holder of a noble form body, filled with infinite tathagathas,

    DE SHEG NANG WA THA YE U GYAN DZIN PA PO
    You are crowned by Buddha Amitabha.

    CHAG YE CHOG JIN YI DOG TRE KOM SEL WA PO
    Your supremely bountiful right hand dispels the suffering of pretas;

    CHAG YON SER GYI PAD MAY NAM PAR GYAN PA PO
    Your left hand hold a golden lotus.

    DRI ZHIM RAL PAY THRENG WA MAR SER KHYUG PA PO
    Your sweetly scented red and yellow hair sparkles like necklaces.

    ZHAL RAY GYE PA DA WA TA BUR DZE PA PO
    The expanse of your face is lovely as full moon.

    CHEN GYI PAD MA CHOG TU ZANG ZHING YANG PA PO
    Like the sublimely supreme lotus, your eyes are beautifully wide.

    KHA WA DUNG TAR NAM KAR DRI NGAD DAN PA PO
    Your sweet-smelling form is like a snow-white conch shell.

    DRI MED OD CHAG MU TIG TSHOM BU DZIN PA PO
    You hold a mala of stainless, glowing pearls,

    DZE PAY OD ZER KYA RENG MAR PO GYAN PA PO
    And radiate stunning beams of light, red as dawn.

    PAD MAY TSHO TAR CHAG NI NGAR WA JE PA PO
    Your body is like a lake; from it, hands, like lotuses are perfectly arranged.

    TON KAY TRIN GYI DOG DANG DEN ZHING ZHON PA PO
    They are youthful and like autumn clouds, white and bright and clear.

    RIN CHEN MANG PO PUNG PA NYI NI GYAN PA PO
    Both shoulders are adorned with many precious jewels.

    LO MAY CHOG TAR CHAG THIL ZHON ZHING JAM PA PO
    Your youthful palms are soft like the most supreme leaves.

    RI DOG PAG PAY NU MA YON PA KAB PA PO
    Your left breast is covered with a tenasera skin.

    NYEN CHA DU BU GEG CHING GYAN NAM CHANG WA PO
    Precious earrings and other ornaments gracefully adorn you.

    DRI MA MED PAY PAD MAY CHOG LA NAY PA PO
    You dwell up on a supreme and unblemished lotus.

    TE WAY NGO NI PAD MAY DAB TAR JAM PA PO
    Your navel’s surface is as soft as lotus petal.

    SER GYI KA RAG CHOG LA NOR BU TRE PA PO
    Your belt is of the finest jewel-encrusted gold.

    TA ZUR TRI PAY RE ZANG SHAM THAB DZIN PA PO
    Your lower robe wraps your hips in the noblest cloth.

    THUB PAY KHYEN CHOG TSHO CHEN PHA ROL CHIN PA PO
    Gone to the other shore of the great ocean, you have supreme knowledge and capability.

    CHOG NYE SOD NAM MANG PO NYE WAR SAG PA PO
    You, who properly gathered so much virtue, received the supreme state of being.

    TAG TU DE WAY JUNG NE GA NAD SEL WA PO
    Dispeller of the misery of old age and illness, you are the permanent source of joy.

    SUM THAR DZAD CHING KHA CHOD CHOD PA TON PA PO
    You act to liberate beings from the three lower realms, and show and perform equally for space dwellers.

    LU CHEN CHOG TE DUD PUNG THRUG LAY GYAL WA PO
    Supreme among beings, you are victorious in battle over hosts of demons.

    SER GYI KANG DUB DRA YI ZHAB YID ONG WA PO
    Your feet tinkle with the pleasing sound of golden anklets;

    TSHANG PAY NAY PA ZHI YI WEN PAR DZAD PA PO
    And you create the four silences, which are the cause of Brahmahood.

    NGANG PAY DRO DRA LANG CHEN DREG TAR SHEG PA PO
    You walk with the grace of a swan and the dignity of an elephant.

    TSHOG KUN NYE WAR SAG SHING TEN PA NYER WA PO
    Provider of the doctrine, who has completely and properly accumulated,

    O MAY TSHO DANG CHU YI TSHO LAY DROL WA PO
    You liberate from the ocean of milk and the ocean of water.

    GANG ZHIG TAG TU THO RANG LANG NAY GU PA YI
    Whoever will rise with respect at dawn,

    CHEN RE ZIG KYI WANG PO YID LA SEM JED CHING
    Thinking in their mind of powerful Chenrezig,

    TOD PAY CHOG DI DAG CHING SAL WAR TOD JED NA
    To purely and clearly extol this supreme praise,

    DE NI KYE PA AM NI BUD MED YIN KYANG RUNG
    Whatever they are male or female,

    JIG TEN DI AM MA ONG KYE WA THAM CHAD DU
    In this life and all future lives,

    JIG TEN JIG TEN LAY DE GO PA KUN DRUB SHOG
    In this world and the world beyond, all their purposes will be accomplished.
    Long Chenrezig Dharani (Long mantra):

    NA-MO RAT-NA TRA-YA-YA / NA-MA AR-YA JHA-NA / SA-GA-RA BE-RO-TSA-NA BA-YU-HA RA-DZA-YA/ TA-THA-GA-TA-YA / AR-HA-TE SAM-YAK-SAM BUD-DHA-YA / NA-MA SAR-WA TA-THA-GA-TE-BHE / AR-HA-TE-BHE / SAM-YAK-SAM BUD-DHE-BHE / NA-MA AR-YA A-WA-LO-KI-TE-SHVA-RA-YA / BO-DHI-SA-TO-YA / MA-HA-SA-TO-YA / MA-HA-KA-RU-NI-KA-YA / TAD-YA-THA / OM DHA-RA DHA-RA / DHI-RI DHI-RI / DHU-RU DHU-RU / IT-TE WIT-TE / TSA-LE TSA-LE / PRA-TSA-LE PRA-TSA-LE / KU-SU-ME KU-SU-MA-WA-RE / I-LI-MI-LI TSI-TI DZO-LA MA-PA-NA-YA SO-HA

    Short mantra: OM MA NI PAD ME HUNG

    Dedication Prayer

    TEN PA TEN DZIN YUN RING NAY PA DANG
    May the Buddhadharma and its lineage-holders remain long,

    DAG SOG DRO NAM JANG CHUB SEM JONG SHING
    May I and all sentient beings practice the Bodhichitta mind

    ZHI LHAG ZUNG DREL TING DZIN RAB THOB NAY
    Having obtained the perfect state of samadhi, union of shamatha and insight

    KUN KHYEN SHE RAB TOG PAR JIN GYI LOB
    please bless that omniscient wisdom is realised.

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  • Yee Yin
    Friday, Aug 17. 2018 09:59 PM
    Knowledge can strengthen our faith. It is very important to know and understand what we are practicing so when people criticise us, we will be firm and no doubt will Knowledge can strengthen our faith. It is very important to know and understand what we are practicing so when people criticise us, we will be firm and no doubt will arise. Many people say bad things about Dorje Shugden, but do you really know who Dorje Shugden is? Read the comic book to know more about him.arise. Many people say bad things about Dorje Shugden, but do you really know who Dorje Shugden is? Read the comic book to know more about him.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/dorje-shugden-graphic-novels.html
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  • Yee Yin
    Friday, Aug 17. 2018 09:49 PM
    In Tibetan Buddhism, Dharma protector practice is very common in different lineages. A very unique thing in Tibetan Buddhism is the oracle tradition. An oracle is able to take trance of a Dharma protector and give advice to us. If you don’t have the opportunity to meet the oracle, you can go to Kechara Forest Retreat to pay homage to the world’s first Dorje Shugden oracle statue.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/great-lamas-masters/unique-dorje-shugden-oracle-statue-in-kechara-forest-retreat.html
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Four Sacred Sites of Vajra Yogini in Nepal which you must know about and one day pay homage in person. These places are highly sacred and holy and I want to share them with you. Happy enlightenment to you! :)  - https://bit.ly/2vshj3r
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Four Sacred Sites of Vajra Yogini in Nepal which you must know about and one day pay homage in person. These places are highly sacred and holy and I want to share them with you. Happy enlightenment to you! :) - https://bit.ly/2vshj3r
Tsangpa Karpo-Protector of the line of Panchen Lama incarnations. They can take trance in certain oracles and speak.
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Tsangpa Karpo-Protector of the line of Panchen Lama incarnations. They can take trance in certain oracles and speak.
Mahakala Tramsuk centre figure. Bottom left, Gonpo Gur and bottom right Dorje Shugden
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Mahakala Tramsuk centre figure. Bottom left, Gonpo Gur and bottom right Dorje Shugden
Snow mountains in the distance, green mountains in the foreground, trees, temple and blue skies..this is where I would love to live. Where I dream of living. TR
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Snow mountains in the distance, green mountains in the foreground, trees, temple and blue skies..this is where I would love to live. Where I dream of living. TR
I like this very adorable picture of Dharma boy.
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I like this very adorable picture of Dharma boy.
I like this particular print of Vajra Yogini
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I like this particular print of Vajra Yogini
नेपालको काठमाडौँमा दोर्जे शुग्देनको अद्भुत भित्तेचित्र! --- https://bit.ly/2n4XbQd


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नेपालको काठमाडौँमा दोर्जे शुग्देनको अद्भुत भित्तेचित्र! --- https://bit.ly/2n4XbQd .
Stunning photo of offerings on my shrine photographed by Victor Choi. The lighting is beautiful. Offerings of food, fruits, drinks, flowers and incense are made on my shrine daily. For me the shrine is a portal to the Enlightened Beings and connecting to their blessings. Blessings to accomplish positive things in my life for others and myself. We do need this connection very much in our unpredictable lives where can experience so much anxiety, pain and a feeling of senselessness. We should never lose our connection to the Enlightened Beings and be firm about it. We will eventually need them no matter how \'good\' things seem now. Today this photograph taken is beautiful and I wanted to share it. 

May everyone who visit my page here be blessed, your obstacles cleared, be healthy and have a long life.~Tsem Rinpoche

(photograph- statues- Left Manjushri, centre Dorje Shugden bust and left Kache Marpo)
3 weeks ago
Stunning photo of offerings on my shrine photographed by Victor Choi. The lighting is beautiful. Offerings of food, fruits, drinks, flowers and incense are made on my shrine daily. For me the shrine is a portal to the Enlightened Beings and connecting to their blessings. Blessings to accomplish positive things in my life for others and myself. We do need this connection very much in our unpredictable lives where can experience so much anxiety, pain and a feeling of senselessness. We should never lose our connection to the Enlightened Beings and be firm about it. We will eventually need them no matter how 'good' things seem now. Today this photograph taken is beautiful and I wanted to share it. May everyone who visit my page here be blessed, your obstacles cleared, be healthy and have a long life.~Tsem Rinpoche (photograph- statues- Left Manjushri, centre Dorje Shugden bust and left Kache Marpo)
This lady in Tibet loves her wonderful gift. I am happy for her. Tsem Rinpoche
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This lady in Tibet loves her wonderful gift. I am happy for her. Tsem Rinpoche
Click on the blue picture to read about the inspirational Tsawa Pulthok Rinpoche
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Click on the blue picture to read about the inspirational Tsawa Pulthok Rinpoche
Tsem Rinpoche\'s grandmother on the right. Middle is a family friend. Left is Tsem Rinpoche\'s mother as a young girl.
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Tsem Rinpoche's grandmother on the right. Middle is a family friend. Left is Tsem Rinpoche's mother as a young girl.
Great Panchen Rinpoche who is no other than Amitabah Buddha, you continuously purposely take rebirths in order to bring countless beings to liberation. 

-The sungbum of His Holiness the 10th Panchen Rinpoche the Great- https://bit.ly/2vmAwT0
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Great Panchen Rinpoche who is no other than Amitabah Buddha, you continuously purposely take rebirths in order to bring countless beings to liberation. -The sungbum of His Holiness the 10th Panchen Rinpoche the Great- https://bit.ly/2vmAwT0
May I always be in the presence of His Holiness Panchen Rinpoche in this and future lives. 

-The sungbum of His Holiness the 10th Panchen Rinpoche the Great- https://bit.ly/2vmAwT0
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May I always be in the presence of His Holiness Panchen Rinpoche in this and future lives. -The sungbum of His Holiness the 10th Panchen Rinpoche the Great- https://bit.ly/2vmAwT0
Your deeds, actions, skillful means and great compassion makes you stand different than ordinary beings. In you we take supreme faith. You are our infallible spiritual guide, teacher and leader. 

-The sungbum of His Holiness the 10th Panchen Rinpoche the Great- https://bit.ly/2vmAwT0
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Your deeds, actions, skillful means and great compassion makes you stand different than ordinary beings. In you we take supreme faith. You are our infallible spiritual guide, teacher and leader. -The sungbum of His Holiness the 10th Panchen Rinpoche the Great- https://bit.ly/2vmAwT0
For countless lifetimes you have manifested in varied bodies to benefit the sufferings of sentient beings. You are a supreme teacher and refuge. 

The sungbum of His Holiness the 10th Panchen Rinpoche the Great- https://bit.ly/2vmAwT0
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For countless lifetimes you have manifested in varied bodies to benefit the sufferings of sentient beings. You are a supreme teacher and refuge. The sungbum of His Holiness the 10th Panchen Rinpoche the Great- https://bit.ly/2vmAwT0
We have to discipline ourselves in order that our mind can allow the Buddha Dharma to take root. When it takes root, our lives will change for the better. What we perceive in the world around us is dependent on the attitude within us. Never give up improving on ourselves because that is the true road to peace and happiness. We are worth it. Others are worth seeing us in our best.~ Tsem Rinpoche
3 weeks ago
We have to discipline ourselves in order that our mind can allow the Buddha Dharma to take root. When it takes root, our lives will change for the better. What we perceive in the world around us is dependent on the attitude within us. Never give up improving on ourselves because that is the true road to peace and happiness. We are worth it. Others are worth seeing us in our best.~ Tsem Rinpoche
This eldery and innocent monk was brutally attacked, find out why. Shocking- http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=163953
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This eldery and innocent monk was brutally attacked, find out why. Shocking- http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=163953
Fotomat and me. My first job in Los Angeles at 16- http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=144024
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Fotomat and me. My first job in Los Angeles at 16- http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=144024
See how my Schnauzers enjoy the playhouse! So much fun!- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l2dp8Fm87CQ
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See how my Schnauzers enjoy the playhouse! So much fun!- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l2dp8Fm87CQ
I am in love with only you my Adamantine Lady of Coral hue. I am in love of liberation, freedom and wisdom I seek in you. Even to whisper your name Vajra Yogini excites me to the core of my soul. I have been away for so long and I wonder when I can join my supreme mother in Akanishta. My love for you has no end and it only grows. My mind is focused on you daily and my heart only awaits for you to place sindura on my crown soon. Nothing I have seen or experienced in this deceitful world can remotely compare with you my dear wisdom lady. Please with supreme sound of damarus, cymbals, incense and voices of sunyata, embrace me to ascend amidst rainbow lights effortlessly to my home.  My true home where you will bring me. Bring me home soon. In my heart only lies you. In your heart I know I am existent also. We are one.~ Tsem Rinpoche
3 weeks ago
I am in love with only you my Adamantine Lady of Coral hue. I am in love of liberation, freedom and wisdom I seek in you. Even to whisper your name Vajra Yogini excites me to the core of my soul. I have been away for so long and I wonder when I can join my supreme mother in Akanishta. My love for you has no end and it only grows. My mind is focused on you daily and my heart only awaits for you to place sindura on my crown soon. Nothing I have seen or experienced in this deceitful world can remotely compare with you my dear wisdom lady. Please with supreme sound of damarus, cymbals, incense and voices of sunyata, embrace me to ascend amidst rainbow lights effortlessly to my home. My true home where you will bring me. Bring me home soon. In my heart only lies you. In your heart I know I am existent also. We are one.~ Tsem Rinpoche
Samsara has never been genuine. I will not be deceived by it again. Infallible Diamond Lady in red, I will only serve you.~Tsem Rinpoche
3 weeks ago
Samsara has never been genuine. I will not be deceived by it again. Infallible Diamond Lady in red, I will only serve you.~Tsem Rinpoche
Mother Lady so red and brilliant, as you hold my hand tightly and we look towards the west, I know I am free finally.~Tsem Rinpoche
3 weeks ago
Mother Lady so red and brilliant, as you hold my hand tightly and we look towards the west, I know I am free finally.~Tsem Rinpoche
Mother lady of noble origins, enchantress Vajra Yogini, you say I am you and you are me? I have to embrace this truth and I will be free? Tsem Rinpoche
3 weeks ago
Mother lady of noble origins, enchantress Vajra Yogini, you say I am you and you are me? I have to embrace this truth and I will be free? Tsem Rinpoche
Through my tears I can see your orange darting eyes so tenderly look at me as we start to ascend.~Tsem Rinpoche
3 weeks ago
Through my tears I can see your orange darting eyes so tenderly look at me as we start to ascend.~Tsem Rinpoche
Mother, Adamantine mother with coral hue aglow with light that I can hardly look upon you as you are blazing...can I give my last words to some close ones before we ascend? Can I bring them with us?~ Tsem Rinpoche
3 weeks ago
Mother, Adamantine mother with coral hue aglow with light that I can hardly look upon you as you are blazing...can I give my last words to some close ones before we ascend? Can I bring them with us?~ Tsem Rinpoche
You wipe my tears, embracing me with your coral hued arms and with a motherly tender smile I feel we are lifting off the ground. To go home. I feel light after you embraced me and my body is becoming rainbow-like.~Tsem Rinpoche
3 weeks ago
You wipe my tears, embracing me with your coral hued arms and with a motherly tender smile I feel we are lifting off the ground. To go home. I feel light after you embraced me and my body is becoming rainbow-like.~Tsem Rinpoche
I hear the gentle tinkling of anklets as if someone is walking towards me although I am in my room alone..I opened my eyes first towards the floor in the dimly lit room and I see red coral ankles surrounded by rainbows heading my direction...my heart jumps for joy and gasping....Tsem Rinpoche
3 weeks ago
I hear the gentle tinkling of anklets as if someone is walking towards me although I am in my room alone..I opened my eyes first towards the floor in the dimly lit room and I see red coral ankles surrounded by rainbows heading my direction...my heart jumps for joy and gasping....Tsem Rinpoche
The Sacred Vajrayogini of Ratsag Monastery is a very interesting read- http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/the-sacred-vajrayogini-of-ratsag-monastery.html
3 weeks ago
Excellent well thought out comment by Mr. Bradley Kassian. It is a must read. He has commented on a recent blog post, \"Videos Redressing the Misinformation About Dorje Shugden and the Tibetan Situation\" and the link is- https://bit.ly/2K0gNhB

We appreciate his sincere thoughts. Admin
3 weeks ago
Excellent well thought out comment by Mr. Bradley Kassian. It is a must read. He has commented on a recent blog post, "Videos Redressing the Misinformation About Dorje Shugden and the Tibetan Situation" and the link is- https://bit.ly/2K0gNhB We appreciate his sincere thoughts. Admin
A BEAUTIFUL MEME WITH A POEM
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A BEAUTIFUL MEME WITH A POEM
A short poem-Tsem Rinpoche
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A short poem-Tsem Rinpoche
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Precious opportunity in Kechara Forest Retreat! "As Kechara Forest Retreat is a sacred land, filled with holy and blessed statues and many holy items, His Eminence the 25th Tsem Rinpoche encouraged Kecharians living and working in Kechara Forest Retreat to embark on a spiritual pilgrimage of its holy sites." ~Tsem Rinpoche
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Precious opportunity in Kechara Forest Retreat! "As Kechara Forest Retreat is a sacred land, filled with holy and blessed statues and many holy items, His Eminence the 25th Tsem Rinpoche encouraged Kecharians living and working in Kechara Forest Retreat to embark on a spiritual pilgrimage of its holy sites." ~Tsem Rinpoche
We have many outdoor sacred images of various Buddhas. The ones that were visited were Tsongkapa, Nageshvaraja, Loma Gyoma, Tara, Nagarakshasa and then back to Tsongkapa. At each location circumambulations and lamp offerings were done. We walked the vast land while chanting Migtseyma mantras. The very elderly followed to each location in cars. Kechara Forest retreat is 70 acres of land located in rural Bentong, one hour from the capital city of Kuala Lumpur. ~Tsem Rinpoche For more information: www.tsemrinpoche.com
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We have many outdoor sacred images of various Buddhas. The ones that were visited were Tsongkapa, Nageshvaraja, Loma Gyoma, Tara, Nagarakshasa and then back to Tsongkapa. At each location circumambulations and lamp offerings were done. We walked the vast land while chanting Migtseyma mantras. The very elderly followed to each location in cars. Kechara Forest retreat is 70 acres of land located in rural Bentong, one hour from the capital city of Kuala Lumpur. ~Tsem Rinpoche For more information: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com
They started on August 18, 2018 at 6:00AM till 9:00AM. With strong aspirations, Kecharians generate merits by reciting mantras and circumambulate the images of the enlightened beings, especially to clear obstacles related to our good health and that of others. We have many outdoor sacred images of various Buddhas... ~Tsem Rinpoche
yesterday
They started on August 18, 2018 at 6:00AM till 9:00AM. With strong aspirations, Kecharians generate merits by reciting mantras and circumambulate the images of the enlightened beings, especially to clear obstacles related to our good health and that of others. We have many outdoor sacred images of various Buddhas... ~Tsem Rinpoche
Pilgrimage is an intrinsic part of Buddhist life and creates strong Dharma imprints in our mind streams and opens up positive karma and merits that we need to live a successful life. As Kechara Forest Retreat is a sacred land, filled with holy and blessed statues and many holy items, His Eminence the 25th Tsem Rinpoche encouraged Kecharians living and working in Kechara Forest Retreat to embark on a spiritual pilgrimage of its holy sites...~ Tsem Rinpoche
yesterday
Pilgrimage is an intrinsic part of Buddhist life and creates strong Dharma imprints in our mind streams and opens up positive karma and merits that we need to live a successful life. As Kechara Forest Retreat is a sacred land, filled with holy and blessed statues and many holy items, His Eminence the 25th Tsem Rinpoche encouraged Kecharians living and working in Kechara Forest Retreat to embark on a spiritual pilgrimage of its holy sites...~ Tsem Rinpoche
Priceless to see the happy faces of these 2 brothers. They are in the youngest dharma class. Lin Mun KSDS
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Priceless to see the happy faces of these 2 brothers. They are in the youngest dharma class. Lin Mun KSDS
So glad that we have parents & students to participate in the animal liberation every month in Kechara House. Lin Mun KSDS
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So glad that we have parents & students to participate in the animal liberation every month in Kechara House. Lin Mun KSDS
Children were very attentive when doing prayer before the start of Sunday dharma class. Lin Mun KSDS
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Children were very attentive when doing prayer before the start of Sunday dharma class. Lin Mun KSDS
He is young but already very good in using mala when reciting mantra. Rejoice:)  Lin Mun KSDS
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He is young but already very good in using mala when reciting mantra. Rejoice:) Lin Mun KSDS
Children were so excited with the art & craft exercise. Lin Mun KSDS
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Children were so excited with the art & craft exercise. Lin Mun KSDS
Teacher Grace explaining to children the method to make chef hat. Lin Mun KSDS
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Teacher Grace explaining to children the method to make chef hat. Lin Mun KSDS
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