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:
https://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. Samfoonheei on Mar 2, 2020 at 2:28 pm

    Have not heard this place till I read this post. Some new knowledge… so its part of Russia . The Kalmyks and Russians have had close ties for centuries. Kalmykia is one Russia’s four regions in Europe where Buddhism is the most-practiced religion. At such a small state yet it worth visiting there with many places of interest and experience their unique culture whom are descended from nomadic Mongol herdsmen.
    Wow beautiful Buddhist temples and pagodas, to offer for tourist from what I see from those pictures. The architecture of the temples and pagodas follows the traditional traits of Asian multi-level structures and style of many temples from traditional Tibetan buildings. All the attractions and infrastructure could be easily accessible by local transport or on foot. That’s nice.
    Thank you Rinpoche and Stella Cheang for this wonderful sharing.

  2. S.Prathap on Nov 5, 2019 at 5:14 pm

    Great and truly enlightening article about Kalmykia who are decedents of Mongols.Kalmykia is a republic in southern Russia and the only Tibetan Buddhist ‘nation’ of Europe.
    The most interesting and exotic places are Buddhist temples and pagodas.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.Thank you so much for sharing this informative article and beautiful pictures.

  3. Pastor Shin on May 17, 2019 at 9:28 am

    The great Protector Manjushri Dorje Shugden depicted in the beautiful Mongolian style. I hope many Mongolians will print out this image and place in their houses to create an affinity with Dorje Shugden for greater blessings. To download a high resolution file: https://bit.ly/2Nt3FHz

    The powerful Mongolian nation has a long history and connection with Manjushri Dorje Shugden, as expressed in the life of Venerable Choijin Lama, a State Oracle of Mongolia who took trance of Dorje Shugden among other Dharma Protectors. Read more about Choijin Lama: https://bit.ly/2GCyOUZ

  4. Pastor Antoinette Kass on Sep 13, 2018 at 10:58 pm

    Kalmykia is a beautiful and spiritual place. It is sad to know that the people had to leave their homes such as the family of my teacher H.E. Tsem Rinpoche, and went for a new destination in the US. But even though they were far away, they kept their memories alive, with their traditions, language and religion.

    Thank you for all the information and beautiful pictures of Kalmykia.

  5. 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

  6. 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

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

  9. 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!??

  10. 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
    Wednesday, Jan 19. 2022 03:01 PM
    Wangze is an emanation of Manjushri as an enlightened being, will assist us when we are having to face difficult situations or dealing with difficult people . With a good motivation and right visualisation, Wangze’s practice will remove our obstacles and purify our negative karma. Relying Wangze with trust will assists us to exert control over our own minds our words transforming difficult situations into opportunities.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing of a powerful practice.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/dorje-shugden-wangze-for-power-and-influence.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Wednesday, Jan 19. 2022 02:56 PM
    Lama Thubten Phurbu is a well-known and learned Gelug lama and an outspoken Dorje Shugden practitioner who has beneficiated many in Tibet, China and the west as well. He travels occasionally to the West, India and Nepal to give teachings on Lama Tsongkhapa’s precious lineage as well as Dorje Shugden’s practice. A prominent Gelug lama, is at the forefront of spreading Je Tsongkhapa’s tradition, giving teachings on Lamrim and mind transformation in order to propagate Lama Tsongkhapa’s teachings. He even spoke against the Tibetan Leadership ban on Dorje Shugden in Tibet and the harm instigated against Dorje Shugden practitioners. Interesting read of a great Lama.
    Thank you Rinpoche foe this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/great-lamas-masters/incredible-lama-thubten-phurbu-and-his-activities.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Wednesday, Jan 19. 2022 02:54 PM
    Watched this powerful, heartfelt and painful video again . Earthlings is a American documentary film about humanity’s use of other animals as pets, food, clothing, entertainment, and for scientific research. There is a strong and insightful message in this documentary film which took SIX years to make. Not an easy task after all but managed to obtain through hidden camera. More people will be aware of those sufferings of those kill for the human greed exploitation of animals. It also shed light the truth the very truth of the sufferings of those innocent been exploited. Interesting read and great video to watch.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/animals-vegetarianism/earthlings.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Sunday, Jan 16. 2022 02:23 PM
    Spirits do exist due to their karmic retribution for their greed, selfishness, and jealousy while they were alive. Buddhist scriptures describe spirits as beings which could manifest in many dimensions, and varies forms. Some spirits are harmful and some spirits are neutral , never get involve with them. We could do prayers and dedicate to them. There are many methods we can invoke upon to protect ourselves, for example relying upon the Dharma Protectors Trakze . Watching the interesting video again about this Bryn Athyn spirit . As described by witnesses Jeremy, Kristin and Michelle how it appeared and disappeared, that glided across the field in a dark appearance. Interesting watch.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/one-minute-story/bryn-athyn-monster-spirit
  • Samfoonheei
    Sunday, Jan 16. 2022 02:20 PM
    Interesting story of whale that saves a woman from shark attacked. Marine biologist and research scientist Nan Hauser was saved by a humpback whale during a recent research expedition in the Cook Islands. It could be the first such case on record of a humpback protecting a human. Watched the video showing how the whale had saved her. Incredible footage has emerged of a giant humpback whale protecting her from a circling shark in the pacific. The whale pushed her through the water to safety as another whale warded off the shark with its tail. She has dedicated her life to protecting whales and once a life time experience for her having a whale protect her instead.
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/animals-vegetarianism/whale-saves-woman-from-a-shark.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Sunday, Jan 16. 2022 02:18 PM
    Stories of haunted house, spook house or ghost house in ghostlore ,which I always have interest reading or listening. I have not encountered one before but I truly believe their existing as i sometimes do feel their present. Descriptions of ghosts or spirits vary widely from an invisible presence to translucent or barely visible shapes. They are trapped due to their negative karma and might cause harm such as accidents, negative dreams and in some severe cases, even death. The story of Nun from Seremban was one such case. Following Rinpoche’s advice and this Nun did what was told the disturbance disappeared . Its such an interesting paranormal stories .
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/science-mysteries/nun-from-seremban.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Saturday, Jan 15. 2022 12:54 PM
    Wesak is one of the most important Buddhist festivals. It is a celebration of Buddha’s birthday and, for some Buddhists, marks his enlightenment and passing away of Buddha. Wesak Day is usually a lively public holiday with chants by monks and devotees seeking blessings and the lighting of joss sticks and lotus-shaped candles at the temples. Interesting read of how Wesak Day been celebrated around the world with beautiful pictures thats tell us all.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/wesak-day-worldwide.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Saturday, Jan 15. 2022 12:50 PM
    The truth is that authentic happiness does not come from our external circumstances, and we can learn to be happy by making others happy. It is our inner feeling that creates happiness, along with how we interpret the events of life. Helping the homeless , underprivileged communities, and giving a smile to them is true happiness. Learning and practicing Dharma is the best choice that will change our luck that will transform our mind. Fortune tellers, soothsayers, using each individual way do tarots and fortune reading. They have different sets of powers reliable or not depend on each individual. They offers insight into people’s luck . To me looking in our lives , think positively on the good side, do good then good things will comes to us naturally ,bringing us positive energy or luck eventually. In life not everyone born with a golden spoon. We have to work hard to where we are and get what we want. Nothing in life comes easy with no effort. The moment when we do good for others, good things happen, instead of looking at whether we have luck or not. We have to take charge of our lives and create luck doing charity, volunteering, get involved in a more meaningful activities and so forth. Interesting read.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/one-minute-story/psychics-fortune-tellers-and-how-to-change-your-luck
  • Samfoonheei
    Saturday, Jan 15. 2022 12:49 PM
    So Rinpoche’s taboo words were, I will try,I will do my best,I cannot
    I’ll do it tomorrow and I will. Thank you Joy for this sharing with us especially to those of us outside Ladrang. I wouldn’t know this till reading this post. Some information rather knowledge we should learn to avoid saying such things as much as possible. Mind-sets play a significant role in determining life’s outcomes. In Buddhism spiritual Gurus are the pillars of the tradition. They are guardians of the Dharma, they provide students with knowledge as well guidance and inspiration for liberation. Our Guru should be served with utmost devotion and respect. We should do as told and never give up without doing our task. We are fortunate to have met Rinpoche and since then our lives has completely transformed, it is a worthwhile journey.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/one-minute-story/rinpoche-through-my-eyes-taboo-words
  • Samfoonheei
    Tuesday, Jan 11. 2022 03:28 PM
    Not everyone gets the chance to serve our Guru directly, so given a chance we should be happy and rejoice going all the way to serve from our heart. Serving our Guru directly is a fast track to purifying one’s karma and gaining attainments. One will collect tremendously amount of merits through serving our Guru. Merits are the key to many things we wish to achieve in life and our spiritual practice. In a way it helps us to clear any obstacles and purify our karma or misfortune we are suffering. Serving with a good motivation and good action helps us to collect merits.
    Thank you Joy for this sharing through those moment with Rinpoche.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/one-minute-story/rinpoche-through-my-eyes-fast-track-to-enlightenment
  • Samfoonheei
    Tuesday, Jan 11. 2022 03:26 PM
    That’s wonderful having the opportunity to prepare food for Rinpoche. Not everybody have that opportunity to serve Rinpoche which was one of the best places to swiftly gain a great amount of merits. And one of the fastest ways to purify one’s karma as well. Rejoice for you. .. Joy .Rinpoche manifested to help us chip away at our delusions and bad habituations, as well as sharpen our minds. Working in the kitchen is a tough for those who not loves preparing foods. That the way Rinpoche sharpened our minds and increased our patience and tolerance levels. Its more like training us not to give up in whatever situation we come across.
    Thank you Rinpoche and Joy for this sharing. Glad to know more and understand better of Rinpoche through your eyes and stories told.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/one-minute-story/rinpoche-through-my-eyes-cooking-for-rinpoche
  • Samfoonheei
    Tuesday, Jan 11. 2022 03:21 PM
    Beautiful sharing Pastor David , a better insight of Rinpoche through your real life stories and observations to inspire us. Going to the movies with Rinpoche for the last will forever a great memories for Pastor. It is all about the richness of the Rinpoche’s life which Rinpoche had accomplished to benefit many of us and more to come through his profound teachings. What Rinpoche had left behind is woven into the lives of us. Beautiful sharing .
    Thank you Pastor David.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/one-minute-story/tales-with-my-lama-going-to-the-movies-with-rinpoche
  • Sarusupathy
    Monday, Jan 10. 2022 10:41 PM
    Learned something new today, thanks for the sharing on The Goddess Lok Yeay Mao.
    It is definitely challenging to build a huge statue but I believe each and everyone who took part in this project received abundant blessings from the Goddess.

    I could feel the tranquility in this surrounding just by looking at these pictures.
    Bokor Mountain is a must visit place when visiting Cambodia ��
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  • Samfoonheei
    Saturday, Jan 8. 2022 03:33 PM
    Heng Ju is an American Chan Buddhist monk. He was among the first monastics ordained on Western soil in the lineage of Venerable Hsuan Hua. Inspired by the 3000-mile pilgrimage across China made by Great Master Xu Yun. Bhikshu Heng Ju, completed the 1100-mile journey bowed in full prostration on the ground, praying for world peace and seeking spiritual awakening. The journey was complied into a book. The book is a detailed account of the progress of their journey, relating internal and external hardships, revealing their realizations and awakenings, and details of their communications and interactions with their teacher. Interesting Read.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this inspiring article.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/great-lamas-masters/after-the-monastery.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Saturday, Jan 8. 2022 03:32 PM
    Houn Jiyu-Kennett born Peggy Teresa Nancy Kennett, a British roshi most famous for having been the first female to be sanctioned by the Soto School of Japan to teach in the West. She was a prolific translator, publishing many Soto scriptures in English. From Japan she moved to San Francisco and founded the Zen Mission been the first Zen monastery in the United States to be established by a woman. She had guided hundreds of students, and her books including The Wild, White Goose and Selling Water by the River are read widely by Western Zen practitioners. Kennett Roshi suffered from poor health for several years and died of complications from diabetes leaving a legacy .
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/great-lamas-masters/why-are-roshi-jiyu-kennett%e2%80%99s-disciples-so-reclusive.html

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Always be kind to animals and eat vegetarian- https://bit.ly/2Psp8h2
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My Dharma boy (left) and Oser girl loves to laze around on the veranda in the mornings. They enjoy all the trees, grass and relaxing under the hot sun. Sunbathing is a favorite daily activity. I care about these two doggies of mine very much and I enjoy seeing them happy. They are with me always. Tsem Rinpoche Always be kind to animals and eat vegetarian- https://bit.ly/2Psp8h2
After you left me Mumu, I was alone. I have no family or kin. You were my family. I can\'t stop thinking of you and I can\'t forget you. My bond and connection with you is so strong. I wish you were by my side. Tsem Rinpoche
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After you left me Mumu, I was alone. I have no family or kin. You were my family. I can't stop thinking of you and I can't forget you. My bond and connection with you is so strong. I wish you were by my side. Tsem Rinpoche
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This story is a life-changer. Learn about the incredible Forest Man of India | 印度“森林之子”- https://bit.ly/2Eh4vRS
Part 2-Beautiful billboard in Malaysia of a powerful Tibetan hero whose life serves as a great inspiration- https://bit.ly/2UltNE4
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Part 2-Beautiful billboard in Malaysia of a powerful Tibetan hero whose life serves as a great inspiration- https://bit.ly/2UltNE4
Part 1-Beautiful billboard in Malaysia of a powerful Tibetan hero whose life serves as a great inspiration- https://bit.ly/2UltNE4
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Part 1-Beautiful billboard in Malaysia of a powerful Tibetan hero whose life serves as a great inspiration- https://bit.ly/2UltNE4
The great Protector Manjushri Dorje Shugden depicted in the beautiful Mongolian style. To download a high resolution file: https://bit.ly/2Nt3FHz
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The great Protector Manjushri Dorje Shugden depicted in the beautiful Mongolian style. To download a high resolution file: https://bit.ly/2Nt3FHz
The Mystical land of Shambhala is finally ready for everyone to feast their eyes and be blessed. A beautiful post with information, art work, history, spirituality and a beautiful book composed by His Holiness the 6th Panchen Rinpoche. ~ https://bit.ly/309MHBi
3 years ago
The Mystical land of Shambhala is finally ready for everyone to feast their eyes and be blessed. A beautiful post with information, art work, history, spirituality and a beautiful book composed by His Holiness the 6th Panchen Rinpoche. ~ https://bit.ly/309MHBi
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Beautiful pictures of the huge Buddha in Longkou Nanshan- https://bit.ly/2LsBxVb
The reason-Very interesting thought- https://bit.ly/2V7VT5r
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The reason-Very interesting thought- https://bit.ly/2V7VT5r
NEW Bigfoot cafe in Malaysia! Food is delicious!- https://bit.ly/2VxdGau
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NEW Bigfoot cafe in Malaysia! Food is delicious!- https://bit.ly/2VxdGau
DON\'T MISS THIS!~How brave Bonnie survived by living with a herd of deer~ https://bit.ly/2Lre2eY
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DON'T MISS THIS!~How brave Bonnie survived by living with a herd of deer~ https://bit.ly/2Lre2eY
Global Superpower China Will Cut Meat Consumption by 50%! Very interesting, find out more- https://bit.ly/2V1sJFh
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Global Superpower China Will Cut Meat Consumption by 50%! Very interesting, find out more- https://bit.ly/2V1sJFh
You can download this beautiful Egyptian style Dorje Shugden Free- https://bit.ly/2Nt3FHz
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You can download this beautiful Egyptian style Dorje Shugden Free- https://bit.ly/2Nt3FHz
Beautiful high file for print of Lord Manjushri. May you be blessed- https://bit.ly/2V8mwZe
3 years ago
Beautiful high file for print of Lord Manjushri. May you be blessed- https://bit.ly/2V8mwZe
Mongolian (Oymiakon) Shaman in Siberia, Russia. That is his real outfit he wears. Very unique. TR
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Mongolian (Oymiakon) Shaman in Siberia, Russia. That is his real outfit he wears. Very unique. TR
Find one of the most beautiful temples in the world in Nara, Japan. It is the 1,267 year old Todai-ji temple that houses a 15 meter Buddha Vairocana statue who is a cosmic and timeless Buddha. Emperor Shomu who sponsored this beautiful temple eventually abdicated and ordained as a Buddhist monk. Very interesting history and story. One of the places everyone should visit- https://bit.ly/2VgsHhK
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Find one of the most beautiful temples in the world in Nara, Japan. It is the 1,267 year old Todai-ji temple that houses a 15 meter Buddha Vairocana statue who is a cosmic and timeless Buddha. Emperor Shomu who sponsored this beautiful temple eventually abdicated and ordained as a Buddhist monk. Very interesting history and story. One of the places everyone should visit- https://bit.ly/2VgsHhK
Manjusri Kumara (bodhisattva of wisdom), India, Pala dynesty, 9th century, stone, Honolulu Academy of Arts
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Manjusri Kumara (bodhisattva of wisdom), India, Pala dynesty, 9th century, stone, Honolulu Academy of Arts
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In 2021, we've encountered far too many challenges—Pandemic, months-long lockdown, landslide, and flood. We are proud to witness Malaysians helping one another as these agonies come sequentially. Looking back to 2021, Kechara Soup Kitchen has made significant progress, with more to come in 2022. Every year, we move a little closer to our vision. We are immensely thankful to have such dedicated teams of volunteers willing to go above and beyond for our clients. Not to mention our sponsors and donors; none of this would have been possible without you. Thank you. Thank you for being you. Thank you for helping the underprivileged to a better future. Have a blessed year ahead from our hearts to your hearts. #2022 #newyear #kecharasoupkitchen #kecharafoodbank #kecharaempowerment
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In 2021, we've encountered far too many challenges—Pandemic, months-long lockdown, landslide, and flood. We are proud to witness Malaysians helping one another as these agonies come sequentially. Looking back to 2021, Kechara Soup Kitchen has made significant progress, with more to come in 2022. Every year, we move a little closer to our vision. We are immensely thankful to have such dedicated teams of volunteers willing to go above and beyond for our clients. Not to mention our sponsors and donors; none of this would have been possible without you. Thank you. Thank you for being you. Thank you for helping the underprivileged to a better future. Have a blessed year ahead from our hearts to your hearts. #2022 #newyear #kecharasoupkitchen #kecharafoodbank #kecharaempowerment
Ipoh members were taking turns to offer Serkym and lights to Dorje Shugden. So Kin Hoe (KISG)
2 months ago
Ipoh members were taking turns to offer Serkym and lights to Dorje Shugden. So Kin Hoe (KISG)
Kechara Ipoh members were preparing for Dorje Shugden puja. So Kin Hoe (KISG)
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Kechara Ipoh members were preparing for Dorje Shugden puja. So Kin Hoe (KISG)
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Kechara Ipoh Study Group has carried out Dorje Shugden puja in Ipoh on 4th Dec 2021. So Kin Hoe (KISG)
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Jun, our new Ipoh member, offered lights to Lama Tsongkhapa, Dorje Shugden & The Three Jewels. So Kin Hoe (KISG)
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Mr. Cheah has offered 3 sets of Serkym prior to Dorje Shugden puja in Ipoh. So Kin Hoe (KISG)
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Kechara Ipoh Study Group has completed a Dorje Shugden puja in Ipoh on 20th Nov '21. So Kin Hoe (KISG)
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Mr. Philip, our new visitor to Ipoh centre, offered lights to Lama Tsongkhapa and the Three Jewels prior to DS puja. So Kin Hoe (KISG)
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Kechara Ipoh Study Group has resumed our Dorje Shugden puja in Ipoh on 6th Nov 2021. So Kin Hoe (KISG)
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Mark your calendars - we are about to embark on an epic ride! Kechara Food Bank will be travelling across the Peninsular in our giant truck to send dry food to over 2300 families. Thank you Volvo Trucks Malaysia for your generous donation of this custom-designed truck. What’s more – PPB Group Bhd is generously donating the food provision for this one-of-a-kind journey. Thank you on behalf of our grateful beneficiaries! Want to see all of this in action? Join us live or watch the videos and photos on our social media. Stay tuned!
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Mark your calendars - we are about to embark on an epic ride! Kechara Food Bank will be travelling across the Peninsular in our giant truck to send dry food to over 2300 families. Thank you Volvo Trucks Malaysia for your generous donation of this custom-designed truck. What’s more – PPB Group Bhd is generously donating the food provision for this one-of-a-kind journey. Thank you on behalf of our grateful beneficiaries! Want to see all of this in action? Join us live or watch the videos and photos on our social media. Stay tuned!
Underprivileged residents of two PPRs in Kuala Lumpur recently received a total of 427kg from our longterm surplus produce sponsor, Lotuss Stores (formerly Tesco Stores). The 65 families are our regular beneficiaries, and are grateful to receive fresh vegetables on a consistent basis right at their doorstep. One of our recipients, Rajeswari, 52, single mother of 2 children, shared that she stopped receiving welfare aid due to unforeseen circumstances. Her words: "Saya cakap untuk Kechara [Soup Kitchen] banyak terima kasih sebab kasi makanan. Dan lebih mau tolong orang lain yang susah seperti saya". Our heartfelt thank-you goes to Lotuss Stores for being a dependable source of food aid and for #helpingthepoor with us. #kecharafoodbank #makingadifference #kitajagakita #charity #foodbank #bantuan #ngomalaysia #givingback #strongertogether - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
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Underprivileged residents of two PPRs in Kuala Lumpur recently received a total of 427kg from our longterm surplus produce sponsor, Lotuss Stores (formerly Tesco Stores). The 65 families are our regular beneficiaries, and are grateful to receive fresh vegetables on a consistent basis right at their doorstep. One of our recipients, Rajeswari, 52, single mother of 2 children, shared that she stopped receiving welfare aid due to unforeseen circumstances. Her words: "Saya cakap untuk Kechara [Soup Kitchen] banyak terima kasih sebab kasi makanan. Dan lebih mau tolong orang lain yang susah seperti saya". Our heartfelt thank-you goes to Lotuss Stores for being a dependable source of food aid and for #helpingthepoor with us. #kecharafoodbank #makingadifference #kitajagakita #charity #foodbank #bantuan #ngomalaysia #givingback #strongertogether - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
Pastor Shin winning some mystery gifts for being the 1st person to answer a BONUS question during last Sunday's Blog chat quiz. Blog chat is a fun way to learn the Dharma. To find out more, check out > tsemrinpoche.com/chat. Joy - Moderator
8 months ago
Pastor Shin winning some mystery gifts for being the 1st person to answer a BONUS question during last Sunday's Blog chat quiz. Blog chat is a fun way to learn the Dharma. To find out more, check out > tsemrinpoche.com/chat. Joy - Moderator
Here is Pastor Antoinette who won some mystery gifts for being the 2nd person to answer a BONUS question during last Sunday's Blog Chat quiz/discussion. To find out more check out our blog chat section for our weekly topic! Joy - Moderator
8 months ago
Here is Pastor Antoinette who won some mystery gifts for being the 2nd person to answer a BONUS question during last Sunday's Blog Chat quiz/discussion. To find out more check out our blog chat section for our weekly topic! Joy - Moderator
#KFBBentong: Ready for some exciting news? We are now at RM154,523.94 - surpassing the funds required for our Pahang food bank operations! Thank you to all who kindly donated, we are deeply moved by your care and generosity towards the less fortunate struggling in our midst. To make our shared goal to continue #helpingthepoor a reality, we are now eagerly looking for suitable premises in Bentong. We will update soon on our progress, so stay tuned! #kecharafoodbank #foodaid #bantuan #kitajagakita #hungerknowsnobarriers #endhunger #charity #ngomalaysia #Pahang - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
9 months ago
#KFBBentong: Ready for some exciting news? We are now at RM154,523.94 - surpassing the funds required for our Pahang food bank operations! Thank you to all who kindly donated, we are deeply moved by your care and generosity towards the less fortunate struggling in our midst. To make our shared goal to continue #helpingthepoor a reality, we are now eagerly looking for suitable premises in Bentong. We will update soon on our progress, so stay tuned! #kecharafoodbank #foodaid #bantuan #kitajagakita #hungerknowsnobarriers #endhunger #charity #ngomalaysia #Pahang - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
#kecharafoodbank: In collaboration with Good Shepherd Services (GSS) based in Ipoh, we travelled to Buntong with food rations for 33 families. Some of the food items given include rice, noodles, cooking oil and biscuits; in total, we gave 726kg of food to these beneficiaries from the underprivileged class. We are glad to have been able to contribute, especially to families with children and in poor living conditions. We wish to thank GSS for alerting us about those in need, and we look forward to extending more support in the future together with this not-for-profit organization doing good work. - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
10 months ago
#kecharafoodbank: In collaboration with Good Shepherd Services (GSS) based in Ipoh, we travelled to Buntong with food rations for 33 families. Some of the food items given include rice, noodles, cooking oil and biscuits; in total, we gave 726kg of food to these beneficiaries from the underprivileged class. We are glad to have been able to contribute, especially to families with children and in poor living conditions. We wish to thank GSS for alerting us about those in need, and we look forward to extending more support in the future together with this not-for-profit organization doing good work. - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
In an urgent effort to provide food and necessities to the poverty-stricken in Bentong and rural areas of Pahang, we are launching Food Bank Bentong. With your support, Food Bank Bentong would be able to feed 500 families totaling 2,300 people on a regular basis, giving them a chance to enjoy a basic sense of security we consider a human right. - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
10 months ago
In an urgent effort to provide food and necessities to the poverty-stricken in Bentong and rural areas of Pahang, we are launching Food Bank Bentong. With your support, Food Bank Bentong would be able to feed 500 families totaling 2,300 people on a regular basis, giving them a chance to enjoy a basic sense of security we consider a human right. - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
Kechara Sunday Dharma School Online Teaching Every Sunday Morning 11am class - KSDS Jayce Goh
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Kechara Sunday Dharma School Online Teaching Every Sunday Morning 11am class - KSDS Jayce Goh
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Update on Empowerment cookies, special holiday packaging. The bakers are most grateful for the overwhelming support of 834 tubs ordered, with a big order of 314 tubs from a group of friends. Thank you to those cookie lovers who couldn’t get enough of it. Watch out for the next update. Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
1 years ago
Update on Empowerment cookies, special holiday packaging. The bakers are most grateful for the overwhelming support of 834 tubs ordered, with a big order of 314 tubs from a group of friends. Thank you to those cookie lovers who couldn’t get enough of it. Watch out for the next update. Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
Thank you, generous and kind donors, made possible by Alice Smith School's Official Site through their Build Kindness Campaign. The whooping amount of RM63,000 will provide much needed food to 25 poor families for the next 12 months. On behalf of these families, thank you! Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
1 years ago
Thank you, generous and kind donors, made possible by Alice Smith School's Official Site through their Build Kindness Campaign. The whooping amount of RM63,000 will provide much needed food to 25 poor families for the next 12 months. On behalf of these families, thank you! Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
The global pandemic hasn't been easy for all of us. Some find it diffucult to find a job to support the family. Despite that, we are still delivering basic food pack to our recipients nationwide. Thank you to our volunteers, donors, and sponsors. Without your support, we would be unable to reach out to many families. Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
1 years ago
The global pandemic hasn't been easy for all of us. Some find it diffucult to find a job to support the family. Despite that, we are still delivering basic food pack to our recipients nationwide. Thank you to our volunteers, donors, and sponsors. Without your support, we would be unable to reach out to many families. Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
Thanks to Yap Optometry for gifting Robert a new pair of glasses to see better. We wish him many clear and bright days ahead. Thank you to all sponsors. - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
1 years ago
Thanks to Yap Optometry for gifting Robert a new pair of glasses to see better. We wish him many clear and bright days ahead. Thank you to all sponsors. - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
Donation received to date: RM33,468.00 Yes! We've achieved the target for the #TamanNegara project. Fundraising is closed for this project. Thank you to all donors, 113 Orang Asli families will benefit from it. Stay tuned! #kecharafoodbank #kecharaempowerment #kecharasoupkitchen - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
1 years ago
Donation received to date: RM33,468.00 Yes! We've achieved the target for the #TamanNegara project. Fundraising is closed for this project. Thank you to all donors, 113 Orang Asli families will benefit from it. Stay tuned! #kecharafoodbank #kecharaempowerment #kecharasoupkitchen - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
FRESHLY BAKED by Kechara Empowerment trainees - Chocolate Chip Butter Cookies - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
1 years ago
FRESHLY BAKED by Kechara Empowerment trainees - Chocolate Chip Butter Cookies - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
In memory of Wilson Lee, one of our most dedicated volunteers in Penang. Our heartfelt condolences to Wilson's wife, Tze Ling, family and friends. Our thoughts are with them for their loss. Thank you for your kindness and service to KSK Penang. From all of us in KSK.
1 years ago
In memory of Wilson Lee, one of our most dedicated volunteers in Penang. Our heartfelt condolences to Wilson's wife, Tze Ling, family and friends. Our thoughts are with them for their loss. Thank you for your kindness and service to KSK Penang. From all of us in KSK.
Last weekend a Soup Kitchen activities @ Penang, Johor & Kuala Lumpur. Hot food, water, masks, biscuits, buns & fruits. This is what we give out to our friends living on the streets. Thank you to our sponsor & volunteers that make it happen. Come spread more love by being a volunteer at our activities. WhatsApp us today at 010-333-3260! See you soon! #kecharafoodbank #kecharaempowerment #kecharasoupkitchen - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
1 years ago
Last weekend a Soup Kitchen activities @ Penang, Johor & Kuala Lumpur. Hot food, water, masks, biscuits, buns & fruits. This is what we give out to our friends living on the streets. Thank you to our sponsor & volunteers that make it happen. Come spread more love by being a volunteer at our activities. WhatsApp us today at 010-333-3260! See you soon! #kecharafoodbank #kecharaempowerment #kecharasoupkitchen - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
Kechara Earth Project 13/9/2020
1 years ago
Kechara Earth Project 13/9/2020
Thank you Domino's Pizza Malaysia, Kasih & Piza campaign for sponsoring 85 boxes of pizza to our friends who live on the streets. Your flavourful pizzas have put a smile on their faces. Thank you! - Vivan @ Kechara Soup Kitchen #kecharafoodbank #kecharaempowerment #kecharasoupkitchen #KasihdanPiza #ItsAllAboutYou
1 years ago
Thank you Domino's Pizza Malaysia, Kasih & Piza campaign for sponsoring 85 boxes of pizza to our friends who live on the streets. Your flavourful pizzas have put a smile on their faces. Thank you! - Vivan @ Kechara Soup Kitchen #kecharafoodbank #kecharaempowerment #kecharasoupkitchen #KasihdanPiza #ItsAllAboutYou
Thank you Novo Nordisk! Your kind monetary donation and 1,320 boxes of masks will benefit many needy families under the Kechara Food Bank Program. Thank you! Much love from the needy families  ~ Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen #kecharafoodbank #kecharaempowerment #kecharasoupkitchen #novonordisk #novonordiskmalaysia
1 years ago
Thank you Novo Nordisk! Your kind monetary donation and 1,320 boxes of masks will benefit many needy families under the Kechara Food Bank Program. Thank you! Much love from the needy families ~ Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen #kecharafoodbank #kecharaempowerment #kecharasoupkitchen #novonordisk #novonordiskmalaysia
We were graced with the presence of Tengku Zatashah & The Alice Smith School Foundation yesterday. 130 homeless were blessed to be served by them. RM 20,000 donated by Alice Smith School Foundation will benefit 100 families registered under Kechara Food Bank Program. Thank you! Much love from the needy families ~ Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen #kecharafoodbank #kecharaempowerment #kecharasoupkitchen #alicesmithschoolfoundation #alicesmithschool #volunteerism #homeless
1 years ago
We were graced with the presence of Tengku Zatashah & The Alice Smith School Foundation yesterday. 130 homeless were blessed to be served by them. RM 20,000 donated by Alice Smith School Foundation will benefit 100 families registered under Kechara Food Bank Program. Thank you! Much love from the needy families ~ Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen #kecharafoodbank #kecharaempowerment #kecharasoupkitchen #alicesmithschoolfoundation #alicesmithschool #volunteerism #homeless
Thanks to the effort of our outstation team, we were able to mobilise food provisions to 600 families living in Kelantan, Penang, Negeri Sembilan, Melaka and Johor during the Raya period with each of these families receiving RM200 worth of provisions. Adding onto the current 368 families in Klang Valley, a total of 968 families were benefitted from this. Special thanks to the sponsors who have contributed especially Hong Leong Foundation and partially from Tesco Malaysia (where we also ordered the provisions from). ~ Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
2 yearss ago
Thanks to the effort of our outstation team, we were able to mobilise food provisions to 600 families living in Kelantan, Penang, Negeri Sembilan, Melaka and Johor during the Raya period with each of these families receiving RM200 worth of provisions. Adding onto the current 368 families in Klang Valley, a total of 968 families were benefitted from this. Special thanks to the sponsors who have contributed especially Hong Leong Foundation and partially from Tesco Malaysia (where we also ordered the provisions from). ~ Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
So glad that our soup kitchen operations are back in full swing. Good to see the clients are observing the SOPs. Some of them lost their job during MCO and ended up on the streets. Special thanks to our sponsors and volunteers for the great support! - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
2 yearss ago
So glad that our soup kitchen operations are back in full swing. Good to see the clients are observing the SOPs. Some of them lost their job during MCO and ended up on the streets. Special thanks to our sponsors and volunteers for the great support! - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
From serving cooked food to the homeless clients on the streets to mobilising provisions to the needy individuals in PPRs and shelters, we thank everyone of our Johor Bahru team for their kind contributions and effort to make it for the needy despite all the challenges! - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
2 yearss ago
From serving cooked food to the homeless clients on the streets to mobilising provisions to the needy individuals in PPRs and shelters, we thank everyone of our Johor Bahru team for their kind contributions and effort to make it for the needy despite all the challenges! - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
More photos taken from our "Hari Raya Hampers" distribution this week. Making sure everyone of our clients have something to be cheerful about. Apart from food, daily used items such as hygiene products, kitchen utensils, assorted fabric items, stationary items and toys were also included into our hamper bags making it extra heavier this month! Food items alone were about 35kg per family! Taking this opportunity to wish everyone of our Muslim volunteers, friends, supporters and clients a Selamat Hari Raya Aidilfitri and Maaf Zahir Batin. No doubt this year's celebration will be very different but appreciate everyone is safe and protected from the pandemic. We are in this together and let's work to fight this pandemic together! Thanking all sponsors and donors for the generous support enabling us to continue serve the needy with food, love and care. Big shoutout too to our wonderful team which already depleted by our very own strict SOP. All of you who worked tirelessly behind the s
2 yearss ago
More photos taken from our "Hari Raya Hampers" distribution this week. Making sure everyone of our clients have something to be cheerful about. Apart from food, daily used items such as hygiene products, kitchen utensils, assorted fabric items, stationary items and toys were also included into our hamper bags making it extra heavier this month! Food items alone were about 35kg per family! Taking this opportunity to wish everyone of our Muslim volunteers, friends, supporters and clients a Selamat Hari Raya Aidilfitri and Maaf Zahir Batin. No doubt this year's celebration will be very different but appreciate everyone is safe and protected from the pandemic. We are in this together and let's work to fight this pandemic together! Thanking all sponsors and donors for the generous support enabling us to continue serve the needy with food, love and care. Big shoutout too to our wonderful team which already depleted by our very own strict SOP. All of you who worked tirelessly behind the s
Our team have been working extra hours for the past few weeks to deliver provisions and hamper goodies to the needy families before Hari Raya! Heart warming to see the smiling faces of our recipients upon receiving 3 bags full of food and daily used items. Thanks to everyone of you who have contributed to our foodbank enabling us to give all our recipients (especially those celebrating) a Raya to remember! - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
2 yearss ago
Our team have been working extra hours for the past few weeks to deliver provisions and hamper goodies to the needy families before Hari Raya! Heart warming to see the smiling faces of our recipients upon receiving 3 bags full of food and daily used items. Thanks to everyone of you who have contributed to our foodbank enabling us to give all our recipients (especially those celebrating) a Raya to remember! - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
Thankful to all donors and those who have been committed in contributing not just money but time over the past testing weeks to help us ease the work of our frontliners and also the livelihood of the needy, their struggles over this pandemic period seemed a little easier to bear with because of your contributions! - Vivian @Kechara Soup Kitchen
2 yearss ago
Thankful to all donors and those who have been committed in contributing not just money but time over the past testing weeks to help us ease the work of our frontliners and also the livelihood of the needy, their struggles over this pandemic period seemed a little easier to bear with because of your contributions! - Vivian @Kechara Soup Kitchen
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