Voices from Russia

Tuesday, 5 February 2019

Putin Greeted Russian Buddhists on the Lunar New Year

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President V V Putin greeted Russian Buddhists on the coming of the Lunar New Year and the beginning of the White month. The Kremlin website noted:

Drawing on the centuries-old historical, cultural, and spiritual traditions of their ancestors, Russian Buddhists celebrate this significant event widely. This holiday symbolises the renewal of man and nature, so, it’s common to sum up the year, sincerely wish each other health, and ask for fulfilment of one’s desires. People care for their loved ones and give alms to the needy. It’s important for the Buddhist community to participate actively in the life of our country, to strengthen their interaction with state and public organisations, to give much care to educating young people, and to implement popular charitable and educational initiatives. Such fruitful work deserves the deepest respect. I wish that the New Year would be successful and prosperous for Buddhist people.

5 February 2019

Interfax-Religion

http://interfax-religion.ru/?act=news&div=71973

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Thursday, 10 December 2015

10 December 2015. Buddhist Festival in Piter

00 buddhist st petersburg russia 101215

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Monks celebrate the Buddhist holiday Zula Khural (“Festival of Thousand Candles”) at the Datsan Gunzechoinei in St Petersburg.

9 December 2015

Russia Beyond the Headlines

http://rbth.com/multimedia/photo_of_the_day/2015/12/09/1000-buddhist-candles-in-st-petersburg_549297

Sunday, 8 November 2015

8 November 2015. A Look Over the Fence… What is a Retreat?

00 Viktoriya Rogotneva. Lekh (India). Buddhist saying. 2015

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We live in the “now”… not in the past, for that’s gone… not in the future, for it hasn’t come yet… we live NOW. If we can internalise that, we’ve gone a long way to defeat pride. However, the road to that is neither short nor easy… mistrust all “young elders”. As St John of the Ladder said, “If you see a young monk advancing by his own efforts, pull him down, for his own good!” A young priest of my acquaintance would do well to take that to heart…

BMD

Monday, 13 July 2015

13 July 2015. A Look Over the Fence… The Heart Sutra

00 Yuri Biryukov. Silence and meditation. Sikkim, India. The Heart Sutra. 12.07.15

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Ani Choying Drolma sings the Heart Sūtra

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Ani Choying Drolma sings the Great Compassion Mantra

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Buddhism is one of the Big Three Traditional Religions in Russia (the other two are Orthodox Christianity and Islam). Judaism and the Evangelical Church (Lutherans, NOT non-Christian American Radical Sectarians) are minor traditional religions, with real Russian Protestants (not American Sectarian wannabes) being acceptable too. Buddhists make up about 1 percent of the Russian population (1.5 million), with about a third of these actively practising to some extent or other. Buddhist friends tell me that the Heart Sūtra is the most popular sūtra amongst believers, more popular than Om mani padme om (“The jewel is in the lotus”) is. I know next-to-nothing about Buddhist theology, so, I can’t comment on that. However, this is part of Russia, too. It’s all ours or none of it’s ours… simple as that…

BMD

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