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. 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.

  2. 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

  3. 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

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. 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!😍👍

  7. 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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  • Yee Yin
    Tuesday, Nov 13. 2018 09:28 AM
    Karma is not a punishment, it is a universal law. If there is a cause, there will be an effect. For example, if the food we eat is contaminated, we will surely get sick. By understanding how karma works, we can prevent a lot of unpleasant situations and make our life happier.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/12-little-known-law-of-karma-that-will-change-your-life.html
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  • Yee Yin
    Tuesday, Nov 13. 2018 09:23 AM
    The Crown Prince of Johor really sets a good example of how we should live in a diversified society. Malaysia is a multiracial and multi-religious country, it is very important to respect each other and be tolerant in order to maintain harmony in our society. Without harmony, the country will not progress.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/current-affairs/the-crown-prince-of-johor-urges-muslims-to-respect-other-beliefs.html
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  • Yee Yin
    Tuesday, Nov 13. 2018 09:13 AM
    Have you ever wonder why some people are more successful than others? What secrets do they have to bring success to their lives? You can find these traits in most the of successful people in the world. 1. Fully commit, 2. Avoid multitasking, 3. Hang With Fellow Super-Achievers, 4. Prevent Emotions From Building.

    Learn more about the interesting facts of successful people here:
    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/inspiration-worthy-words/a-psychologist-explains-how-successful-people-do-more-in-a-day-than-others-do-in-a-week.html
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  • Yee Yin
    Tuesday, Nov 13. 2018 08:59 AM
    Do you know if you are always surrounded by unhappy people you tend to have a poorer health and shorter lifespan? Happiness is actually a state of mind, not so much of the external factors such as the material stuff you own or the people around you. There are some habits that can lead you to unhappiness, try to avoid them.

    Read more to learn what are these habits.
    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/inspiration-worthy-words/10-habits-of-chronically-unhappy-people.html
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  • Sofi
    Monday, Nov 12. 2018 11:54 PM
    Tara

    Tara, another beautiful lady Buddha who’s compassion is felt in her swiftness to answering our prayers. Learn more Lady Tara and be close to her gentle encompassing love for us all.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/letters-cards-gifts/kensur-rinpoches-gift.html
  • Sofi
    Monday, Nov 12. 2018 11:48 PM
    Vajrayogini – The Powerful Divine Red Lady

    Get connected with beautiful Lady Vajrayogini now to meet the conditions to receive her practices in the future. This powerful Lady Buddha is our way out of endless sufferings.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/vajrayogini-the-powerful-divine-red-lady.html
  • Chris
    Monday, Nov 12. 2018 09:17 PM
    Trode Khangsar – A 400-year-old Dorje Shugden Chapel in Lhasa

    The Trode Khangsar is an important chapel dedicated to Dorje Shugden in Lhasa, Tibet. It was built by His Holiness the 5th Dalai Lama towards the end of the 17th Century. Dorje Shugden is an uncommon Dharma protector within Tibetan Buddhism, who is said to protect the Buddhist teachings in general and Nagarjuna’s Madhyamika (Middle Way) Philosophy as taught by Lama Tsongkhapa specifically.

    Lama Tsongkhapa was the founder of the great Gelug lineage. Dorje Shugden, in his previous incarnation as Tulku Drakpa Gyeltsen, was a great scholar, meditator, teacher and contemporary of His Holiness the 5th Dalai Lama. After being murdered, Tulku Drakpa Gyeltsen arose as Dorje Shugden in order to benefit countless sentient beings.

    If the 5th Dalai Lama can build a chapel for Dorje Shugden and made the first statue of Dorje Shugden, I am sure that this protector is not an average protector to be relied on. Even the high attained master the 5th Dalai Lama will put such attention and important of Dorje Shugden shows that he is not an ordinary protector.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/dorje-shugden/trode-khangsar-a-400-year-old-dorje-shugden-chapel-in-lhasa.html
  • Chris
    Monday, Nov 12. 2018 09:09 PM
    H.H. Kyabje Pabongka Rinpoche’s Sacred Vajra Yogini

    His Holiness Kyabje Pabongka Rinpoche was a high attained lama that has pure visions of the Buddhas. One of the Buddhas that he has a direct vision is Buddha Vajrayogini. Vajrayogini appeared to him in the form similar to Naropa’s Vajrayogini but with a small difference. In his vision, Vajrayogini appeared to be looking straight at him. The rest of the body is exactly the same.

    It was said that this is a message from Vajrayogini to Pabongkha Rinpoche that she is empowering Pabongkha Rinpoche into her tantra and spread her tantra to many beings and it would be really beneficial for many beings.

    Kaybje Pabongka Rinpoche has a special affinity to this deity because Vajrayogini once promised him that those who have Vajrayogini initiation, she will bring them to Kechara Paradise in just 14 lifetimes. Those who are specifically in the 4 generations of the disciple of Pabongkha Rinpoche will ascent to Kechara paradise. This is an extra promise from Buddha Vajrayogini to Kyabje Pabongka Rinpoche.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/vajra-yogini/h-h-kyabje-pabongka-rinpoches-sacred-vajra-yogini.html
  • Yee Yin
    Monday, Nov 12. 2018 07:33 PM
    Do you know you can use plants to purify your home and the environment you are living in? There is no need to buy modern devices or use chemicals to do that. These plants not only can add some colours to your home, but they can also protect your health. The best part is, they only need a minimum maintenance.

    https://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
    Monday, Nov 12. 2018 07:25 PM
    Wow, did you know there might be bigfoots in Malaysia? This is the first time I have heard of it. Someone in Puchong discovers 3 very big footprints but nobody knows whose footprints are these. What do you think? Are they really footprints of the bigfoots?

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/current-affairs/bigfoot-spotted-in-puchong.html
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  • Yee Yin
    Monday, Nov 12. 2018 07:19 PM
    Whether we believe or not, there are really some unseen beings. Sometimes people summon the unseen beings to ask for their future or simply out of curiosity. Unseen beings do have some power, some are very harmful. It is not advisable to establish a connection with them because we might be disturbed by them. Have you heard of Ouija Board before? It is something you should keep your distance away.

    Read more about Zozo – The Ouija Board Demon here:
    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/science-mysteries/zozo-the-ouija-board-demon.html
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  • Samfoonheei
    Monday, Nov 12. 2018 02:26 PM
    Interesting article for our knowledge of these deadly disease. Zika virus disease is caused by a virus transmitted primarily by Aedes mosquitoes, which bite during the day. Most people with Zika virus infection do not develop symptoms. Zika virus infection during pregnancy can cause infants to be born with microcephaly and other congenital . Zika virus transmission has been reported in recent years, the World Health Organisation has declared the mosquito-borne Zika virus a threat internationally. They had done a research that the disease were linked to thousands of birth defects and are spreading rapidly. From Brazil spreading to America , South-east Asia, Cambodia, East Malaysia, Indonesia, the Philippines, Singapore and Thailand in recent years. Its still spreading due to the present of Aedes mosquitoes with tourist travelling abroad. Good sharing as it gives us knowledge of this virus.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/current-affairs/who-declares-zika-virus-a-global-health-emergency.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Monday, Nov 12. 2018 02:25 PM
    Science has proven that meditation have numerous benefits for everyone. It have shows meditation benefits human’s brains and behaviour. Hence teaching children or those young one in schools can give them a jump start to accessing the many benefits of meditating. And teaching them about meditation early would help them in a sense of security, empathy and inner stability. It helps them to builds compassion, joy, self-esteem and gain self-awareness and become more confident in their studies. In meditation may also help anyone to manage challenging conditions such as stress, depression and so forth. Introducing meditation in schools to can benefit them now and in the long run.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/current-affairs/buddhist-meditation-in-schools.html
  • Sofi
    Sunday, Nov 11. 2018 09:49 PM
    Traditional Chinese Medicine

    Read what Rinpoche thinks of TCM and share with us your experiences, good or bad.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/current-affairs/traditional-chinese-medicine.html
  • Lin Mun
    Sunday, Nov 11. 2018 08:23 PM
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this clear explanation on the importance of Wesak Day. It reminds us that our goal as Buddhist is to achieve enlightenment and we have the potential as shown by Buddha Shakyamuni.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/rinpoche-dalam-tv-nasional-istimewa-hari-wesak.html

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I requesed His Holiness Kyabje Zong Rinpoche to write out the mantra of Vajra Yogini. He immediately compassionately obliged me. This is the mantra as written by His Holiness Kyabje Zong Rinpoche. I\'ve had this in a safe plastic wrap and wore it around my neck in a small yellow cloth \'bag\' for many years. Tsem Rinpoche
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I requesed His Holiness Kyabje Zong Rinpoche to write out the mantra of Vajra Yogini. He immediately compassionately obliged me. This is the mantra as written by His Holiness Kyabje Zong Rinpoche. I've had this in a safe plastic wrap and wore it around my neck in a small yellow cloth 'bag' for many years. Tsem Rinpoche
If there were just 10 persons you should know about in your lifetime, one of them is this incredible Dr. Ambedkar. Enrich your life and don\'t miss this: https://bit.ly/2Dub7xu
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If there were just 10 persons you should know about in your lifetime, one of them is this incredible Dr. Ambedkar. Enrich your life and don't miss this: https://bit.ly/2Dub7xu
Dear friends, watch this short 11mins video. It is so nice. My dream idea of living. I love the fresh things they grow for their own food. I wish our culture here was more geared toward this type of living. Watch plse. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=do1O5Avw_SQ&feature=share
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Dear friends, watch this short 11mins video. It is so nice. My dream idea of living. I love the fresh things they grow for their own food. I wish our culture here was more geared toward this type of living. Watch plse. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=do1O5Avw_SQ&feature=share
No one stays around, do not depend on anyone. Let go of them before they let go of you...it is inevitable. Tsem Rinpoche
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No one stays around, do not depend on anyone. Let go of them before they let go of you...it is inevitable. Tsem Rinpoche
Outdoor stunning Tara at Kechara Forest Retreat in Malaysia.
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Outdoor stunning Tara at Kechara Forest Retreat in Malaysia.
The Promise - https://bit.ly/2NfHJjQ
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Hunting is a horrible \'sport\' because it is not necessary and unfair. Killing animals is vicious and inhuman. Hurting animals does not help us, our karma, our mind and it does not help the animals. Killing animals serves no benefit and it stunts our spiritual growth. Tsem Rinpoche
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Hunting is a horrible 'sport' because it is not necessary and unfair. Killing animals is vicious and inhuman. Hurting animals does not help us, our karma, our mind and it does not help the animals. Killing animals serves no benefit and it stunts our spiritual growth. Tsem Rinpoche
This is a beautiful Yamantaka
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This is a beautiful Yamantaka
This is so powerful. This is so true. This is something we must remember about our self worth. We must value ourselves without arrogance.
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This is so powerful. This is so true. This is something we must remember about our self worth. We must value ourselves without arrogance.
Nothing is for free for sure.
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Nothing is for free for sure.
Beautiful Dorje Yudroma protector. A gentle Goddess I\'ve had the pleasure to meet via her oracle.
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Beautiful Dorje Yudroma protector. A gentle Goddess I've had the pleasure to meet via her oracle.
Beautiful Kalachakra painting
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Beautiful Kalachakra painting
I like this picture of my teacher behind me.
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I like this picture of my teacher behind me.
This magnificent Dorje Shugden statue is enshrined at Choijin Lama Museum in Ulaan Baatar, Mongolia. The museum was the home of the Choijin Lama, the State Oracle of Mongolia. Choijin Lama was an oracle of the Nechung deity and the brother of the 8th Bogd Khaan Jebzundamba (1869-1924), the de facto leader of Outer Mongolia. - https://palyulmedia.smugmug.com/Worldwide-Palyul/MongoliaConnections/Mongolia-Choijin-Lama-Museum/i-TQ8CmHM
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This magnificent Dorje Shugden statue is enshrined at Choijin Lama Museum in Ulaan Baatar, Mongolia. The museum was the home of the Choijin Lama, the State Oracle of Mongolia. Choijin Lama was an oracle of the Nechung deity and the brother of the 8th Bogd Khaan Jebzundamba (1869-1924), the de facto leader of Outer Mongolia. - https://palyulmedia.smugmug.com/Worldwide-Palyul/MongoliaConnections/Mongolia-Choijin-Lama-Museum/i-TQ8CmHM
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Please download this and share this meme with others. Thanks.
Beautiful Tibetan art for FREE download: https://bit.ly/2oxb4qU
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Beautiful Tibetan art for FREE download: https://bit.ly/2oxb4qU
Sacred Protector Dorje Shugden can help you, if you invoke Him sincerely..
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Sacred Protector Dorje Shugden can help you, if you invoke Him sincerely..
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Now there is a Tsem Rinpoche blog site in Nepalese language! Check it out: https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/l/np/
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The Reasons Why People Who Practice Dorje Shugden Do Not Go To the Three Lower Realms- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vSBbFiexCCE
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Very interesting blog post that goes along with this depiction of the Yeti. - https://bit.ly/2E43COF
His Holiness Sharpa Choje Rinpoche Jetsun Lobsang Nyima of Gaden Shartse Monastery. He was a supreme master of both Sutra and Tantra. He served as abbot of both Gaden Shartse Monastery as well as Gyuto Tantric college. After serving as abbot of Gyuto Tantric college he entered into a few long term (3 year, 3 month and 3 day) Vajra Yogini retreats in the forest. He completed that long retreat twice and was going to enter it again till he was asked to be abbot of Gaden Shartse Monastery by H.H. the Dalai Lama. He was a great practitioner of Vajra Yogini\'s tantra as well as Dorje Shugden. He was a scholar of the highest renown and he was highly sought after for teachings. He was very devoted to Dorje Shugden throughout his whole life as a pure monk. I was fortunate enough to have him as one of my teachers. Humbly, Tsem Rinpoche

To read more- https://bit.ly/2zW2Grz
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His Holiness Sharpa Choje Rinpoche Jetsun Lobsang Nyima of Gaden Shartse Monastery. He was a supreme master of both Sutra and Tantra. He served as abbot of both Gaden Shartse Monastery as well as Gyuto Tantric college. After serving as abbot of Gyuto Tantric college he entered into a few long term (3 year, 3 month and 3 day) Vajra Yogini retreats in the forest. He completed that long retreat twice and was going to enter it again till he was asked to be abbot of Gaden Shartse Monastery by H.H. the Dalai Lama. He was a great practitioner of Vajra Yogini's tantra as well as Dorje Shugden. He was a scholar of the highest renown and he was highly sought after for teachings. He was very devoted to Dorje Shugden throughout his whole life as a pure monk. I was fortunate enough to have him as one of my teachers. Humbly, Tsem Rinpoche To read more- https://bit.ly/2zW2Grz
Beautiful thangka painting of Lord Yamantaka the slayer of ignorance and who bestows supreme wisdom that eradicates all projections.
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Beautiful thangka painting of Lord Yamantaka the slayer of ignorance and who bestows supreme wisdom that eradicates all projections.
Kadroma Metsik Nakmo or Dakini Ucchusma who purifies and heals the body.
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Kadroma Metsik Nakmo or Dakini Ucchusma who purifies and heals the body.
I am reciting a daily prayer to Dorje Shugden. Here is the youtube link to the audio- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9-OSudd323A
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I am reciting a daily prayer to Dorje Shugden. Here is the youtube link to the audio- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9-OSudd323A
It\'s hard to not fall in love with little cute Pema baby girl. She is so light, happy and wags her tail super fast when she sees us or anyone. Super friendly. She is a heart breaker for sure. Teehee...She is our Kechara Forest Retreat doggie and runs free throughout our sacred land. Her name Pema means lotus. Tsem Rinpoche
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It's hard to not fall in love with little cute Pema baby girl. She is so light, happy and wags her tail super fast when she sees us or anyone. Super friendly. She is a heart breaker for sure. Teehee...She is our Kechara Forest Retreat doggie and runs free throughout our sacred land. Her name Pema means lotus. Tsem Rinpoche
My Nepalese boys work hard and I appreciate them. Today we have purchased special foods for them to snack on and also to cook with so they won\'t be so homesick. These foods are all imported from their country. There\'s a street in downtown K.L. that sell all this. So happy to get this for them. Tsem Rinpoche
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My Nepalese boys work hard and I appreciate them. Today we have purchased special foods for them to snack on and also to cook with so they won't be so homesick. These foods are all imported from their country. There's a street in downtown K.L. that sell all this. So happy to get this for them. Tsem Rinpoche
I come out of the bathroom to be greeted by the mess the two monsters made...Some more they want snacks! Monster Oser girl and Monster Dharma boy.
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I come out of the bathroom to be greeted by the mess the two monsters made...Some more they want snacks! Monster Oser girl and Monster Dharma boy.
This blog post has had amazing response. Since published on July 27, 2018, there has been 114,788 views and still increasing. I am happy to see how this post has made things clearer. Do visit this post here-  https://bit.ly/2MATbGe
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This blog post has had amazing response. Since published on July 27, 2018, there has been 114,788 views and still increasing. I am happy to see how this post has made things clearer. Do visit this post here- https://bit.ly/2MATbGe
His Holiness Kyabje Zong Rinpoche with his disciple Kyabje Dagom Rinpoche. Beautiful picture.
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His Holiness Kyabje Zong Rinpoche with his disciple Kyabje Dagom Rinpoche. Beautiful picture.
This monk takes trance of Dorje Shugden and he was happy to receive THE PROMISE book in Tibet
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This monk takes trance of Dorje Shugden and he was happy to receive THE PROMISE book in Tibet
Find out about the blessed healing water for health and healing at Kechara Forest Retreat- https://bit.ly/2CtVQNk
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Find out about the blessed healing water for health and healing at Kechara Forest Retreat- https://bit.ly/2CtVQNk
This is my ultimate home!!! Blue waters, trees, skies, mountains, house that is open, retreat, meditation, Buddha images and purple flowers. Wow. Such a perfect place for me. Tsem Rinpoche
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This is my ultimate home!!! Blue waters, trees, skies, mountains, house that is open, retreat, meditation, Buddha images and purple flowers. Wow. Such a perfect place for me. Tsem Rinpoche
To see other beautiful portrayals of Dorje Shugden, click here: https://bit.ly/2Nt3FHz
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To see other beautiful portrayals of Dorje Shugden, click here: https://bit.ly/2Nt3FHz
Severed head Vajra Yogini has a brilliant orange body, orange darting eyes, wearing a necklace of freshly cut human heads firmly standing within a wisdom fire emanating from her sacred body reminding us to cut off our self damaging ego. Without the ego, our sufferings cannot survive and our happiness will arise. Tsem Rinpoche
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Severed head Vajra Yogini has a brilliant orange body, orange darting eyes, wearing a necklace of freshly cut human heads firmly standing within a wisdom fire emanating from her sacred body reminding us to cut off our self damaging ego. Without the ego, our sufferings cannot survive and our happiness will arise. Tsem Rinpoche
A thought on how to repay the kindness of the guru
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A thought on how to repay the kindness of the guru
Very nice old artwork on the Bodha Stupa in Nepal.
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Very nice old artwork on the Bodha Stupa in Nepal.
This is quite interesting....
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This is quite interesting....
Wonderful statement by His Holiness the Dalai Lama. Although Dorje Shugden is not negative, lets hope His Holiness can apply this to the Shugden issue. Then there will be peace.
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Wonderful statement by His Holiness the Dalai Lama. Although Dorje Shugden is not negative, lets hope His Holiness can apply this to the Shugden issue. Then there will be peace.
Left to right: Tritul Rinpoche, Gaden Tripa Rinpoche, Zong Rinpoche and Tsem Rinpoche in Gaden Shartse Monastic prayer hall during puja.
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Left to right: Tritul Rinpoche, Gaden Tripa Rinpoche, Zong Rinpoche and Tsem Rinpoche in Gaden Shartse Monastic prayer hall during puja.
The oracle of Dorje Shugden Choyang Dulzin Kuten of Gaden making offerings to Kyabje Zemey Rinpoche during a teaching in Gaden Shartse Monastery.
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The oracle of Dorje Shugden Choyang Dulzin Kuten of Gaden making offerings to Kyabje Zemey Rinpoche during a teaching in Gaden Shartse Monastery.
Their Holinesses Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche and Kyabje Zong Rinpoche
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Their Holinesses Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche and Kyabje Zong Rinpoche
Please click on this picture and see how tragic this is.
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Please click on this picture and see how tragic this is.
Advice by His Holiness Kyabje Zong Rinpoche- https://bit.ly/2NiryBg
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Advice by His Holiness Kyabje Zong Rinpoche- https://bit.ly/2NiryBg
Zong Rinpoche and Tsem Rinpoche in 1987 Los Angeles.
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Zong Rinpoche and Tsem Rinpoche in 1987 Los Angeles.
Beautiful Yamantaka print
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Beautiful Yamantaka print
Beautiful and sacred Vajra Yogini painting for you to download free in high file to print out, frame and place on your shrine or share with friends. May you be blessed. Download here: 
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Beautiful and sacred Vajra Yogini painting for you to download free in high file to print out, frame and place on your shrine or share with friends. May you be blessed. Download here: https://bit.ly/2N5zI02
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My childhood researchers: https://bit.ly/2wroucv
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  • If there were more schools like this, then our kids would grow up with more caring awareness and kind emotions towards our environment and the people around them. They would grow up knowing that chasing materialism is not going to bring any happiness. I hope very much more schools like this would materialise. I hope in my future life I can attend a school like this. Tsem Rinpoche
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    If there were more schools like this, then our kids would grow up with more caring awareness and kind emotions towards our environment and the people around them. They would grow up knowing that chasing materialism is not going to bring any happiness. I hope very much more schools like this would materialise. I hope in my future life I can attend a school like this. Tsem Rinpoche
  • My Oser girl and Dharma boy in their cosy little bedroom next to me sleeping away. Cute.
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    My Oser girl and Dharma boy in their cosy little bedroom next to me sleeping away. Cute.
  • It is incredible how smart Oser girl is. She can steal the treat away from Dharma boy and so casually. Wow. She is so smart. Tsem Rinpoche
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    It is incredible how smart Oser girl is. She can steal the treat away from Dharma boy and so casually. Wow. She is so smart. Tsem Rinpoche
  • Kechara Forest Retreat Dogs. Dharma boy is tiny and trying to scare off big boy Johnny. Johnny is so patient and just ignores Dharma. They are both cute and both live in Kechara Forest Retreat-Malaysia. Tsem Rinpoche
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    Kechara Forest Retreat Dogs. Dharma boy is tiny and trying to scare off big boy Johnny. Johnny is so patient and just ignores Dharma. They are both cute and both live in Kechara Forest Retreat-Malaysia. Tsem Rinpoche
  • BREAKING EYEWITNESS FOOTAGE: Workers violently punched, kicked, cussed out, & left sheep to die on dozens of Scottish farms 💔 Sheep bled after rough shearing & were stitched up without painkillers.–From Peta2
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    BREAKING EYEWITNESS FOOTAGE: Workers violently punched, kicked, cussed out, & left sheep to die on dozens of Scottish farms 💔 Sheep bled after rough shearing & were stitched up without painkillers.–From Peta2
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    Super cute seal and so gentle. Must watch this video and realize we are all one. Tsem Rinpoche
  • Legendary Heart sings “Stairway to Heaven” in tribute to Led Zeppelin. Incredible tribute and rendition. Everyone is blown away. TR
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    Legendary Heart sings “Stairway to Heaven” in tribute to Led Zeppelin. Incredible tribute and rendition. Everyone is blown away. TR
  • In a low-income neighbourhood, this man is growing his own organic produce, and giving extras away for free to neighbours who can’t afford fresh ingredients from the store. Must watch!
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    In a low-income neighbourhood, this man is growing his own organic produce, and giving extras away for free to neighbours who can’t afford fresh ingredients from the store. Must watch!
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    Neat little video
  • It is nice to see sangha release animals into the wild. Gen Kunchok Palden and Chodrak contributed to releasing of frogs back into the wild. This is wonderful. Compassion is the mainstay of all spirituality. Tsem Rinpoche
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    It is nice to see sangha release animals into the wild. Gen Kunchok Palden and Chodrak contributed to releasing of frogs back into the wild. This is wonderful. Compassion is the mainstay of all spirituality. Tsem Rinpoche
  • This is a special ‘carpet’ for dogs that you hide their snacks and they have to go digging for it. It is challenging and fun where they use their nose, paws and all to dig and find the snacks in between. This dog play carpet is ordered online. You can see little Zopa baby who is a Kechara resident doggie looking for the snacks in this cute video. She is kept busy and entertained! Tsem Rinpoche
    1 month ago
    This is a special ‘carpet’ for dogs that you hide their snacks and they have to go digging for it. It is challenging and fun where they use their nose, paws and all to dig and find the snacks in between. This dog play carpet is ordered online. You can see little Zopa baby who is a Kechara resident doggie looking for the snacks in this cute video. She is kept busy and entertained! Tsem Rinpoche
  • Kechara Forest Retreat in Bentong, Malaysia’s dog Pema is super adorable and cute. Everyone loves her. She is wearing a Manjushri blessing pendant.
    2 months ago
    Kechara Forest Retreat in Bentong, Malaysia’s dog Pema is super adorable and cute. Everyone loves her. She is wearing a Manjushri blessing pendant.
  • Spontaneous trance in Tibet by powerful healing Protector Dorje Shugden of a monk who usually takes trance.
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    Spontaneous trance in Tibet by powerful healing Protector Dorje Shugden of a monk who usually takes trance.
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  • Huge Chenresig statue being built. Very beautiful.
    2 months ago
    Huge Chenresig statue being built. Very beautiful.
  • Sacred Kache Marpo in trance of oracle makes offerings to Tsem Rinpoche and blesses the temple in Kechara Forest Retreat in Malaysia. Kache Marpo in ancient times was known as Tsiu Marpo the great protector of Samye Monastery which is the first monastery of Tibet.
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    Sacred Kache Marpo in trance of oracle makes offerings to Tsem Rinpoche and blesses the temple in Kechara Forest Retreat in Malaysia. Kache Marpo in ancient times was known as Tsiu Marpo the great protector of Samye Monastery which is the first monastery of Tibet.
  • Shugden practice in Tibet strong and growing
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    Shugden practice in Tibet strong and growing
  • It is Tsunmo Nunnery in Tibet. This nunnery all practise Dorje Shugden.
    3 months ago
    It is Tsunmo Nunnery in Tibet. This nunnery all practise Dorje Shugden.
  • Light offerings to the outdoor Buddha Tara shrine in Kechara Forest Retreat, Malaysia at night. Beautiful.
    3 months ago
    Light offerings to the outdoor Buddha Tara shrine in Kechara Forest Retreat, Malaysia at night. Beautiful.
  • Interesting new interview of Boy George where he mentions about his practicing Buddhism- See the clip I snagged for you above. It’s beautiful to see him chanting. Tsem Rinpoche
    3 months ago
    Interesting new interview of Boy George where he mentions about his practicing Buddhism- See the clip I snagged for you above. It’s beautiful to see him chanting. Tsem Rinpoche
  • Dharma boy is always mooching for a free snack! As shown in the video, Dharma gave up real fast and is waiting anxiously for a free snack!
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    Dharma boy is always mooching for a free snack! As shown in the video, Dharma gave up real fast and is waiting anxiously for a free snack!
  • Oser girl is very determined to get the snacks out! Look at how her cute little hands hold onto the ball.
    3 months ago
    Oser girl is very determined to get the snacks out! Look at how her cute little hands hold onto the ball.
  • Yudroma takes trance at Gyuto
    4 months ago
    Yudroma takes trance at Gyuto
    In Dharamsala there is a famous oracle to the Goddess Yudroma. She is the protector of Gyuto Tantric Monastic College. Many monks consult her for guidance. Here she is attending a puja session at Gyuto Tantric Monastic College where she is pleased with the people helping the monastery and takes trance spontaneously to express this. Tsem Rinpoche
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    The Simpsons: Lisa becomes a Buddhist
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    Considering getting a tattoo of a Buddha image? Watch this video.
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    Tsem Rinpoche’s personal shrine. May everyone who view the shrine be blessed and have peace.
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    Very powerful and heartwarming short video about love. A must watch and a must share. Tsem Rinpoche
  • Megnath is such a devotee of Bhagawan Dorje Shugden where he brought this protector to many people. Must watch this short video of him with the school kids. Lovely. Tsem Rinpoche
    4 months ago
    Megnath is such a devotee of Bhagawan Dorje Shugden where he brought this protector to many people. Must watch this short video of him with the school kids. Lovely. Tsem Rinpoche
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    My super adorable Oser girl Schnauzer reaching for a carrot on a chair. Her face looks like a stuffed animal toy. Tsem Rinpoche
  • This is the shrine next to my working table where I sit daily. Tsem Rinpoche
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    This is the shrine next to my working table where I sit daily. Tsem Rinpoche
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    This topic is so hot in many circles right now.
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    Lovely gift for my 52nd Birthday. Tsem Rinpoche
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    This 59-year-old chimpanzee was refusing food and ready to die until...
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    Bigfoot sighted again and made it to the news.
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    Don't you love Hamburgers? See how 'delicious' it is here!
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    Such a beautiful and powerful message from a person who knows the meaning of life. Tsem Rinpoche
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    What the meat industry figured out is that you don't need healthy animals to make a profit.
    Sick animals are more profitable... farms calculate how close to death they can keep animals without killing them. That's the business model. How quickly they can be made to grow, how tightly they can be packed, how much or how little can they eat, how sick they can get without dying... We live in a world in which it's conventional to treat an animal like a block of wood. ~ Jonathan Safran Foer
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    This video went viral and it's a must watch!!
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    SEE HOW THIS ANIMAL SERIAL KILLER HAS NO ISSUE BLUDGEONING THIS DEFENSELESS BEING.
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