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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Sunday, 12 March 2017

12 March 2017. “You Should Respect Each Other”…

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Taktsang Palphug Monastery (“the Tiger’s Nest”) is a renowned Buddhist sacred site in the Himalayas. The temple complex is located in a steep cliffside in the upper Paro Valley (Paro District) in Bhutan. In its locality, the people celebrate Tsechu, a popular folk festival in honour of Padmasambhava sometime during March or April.

BMD

Tuesday, 19 July 2016

19 July 2016. A Thing of Beauty and Grace

00 Byodo-In Temple, Oahu, Hawaii. 180716

Byodo-In Temple in O’ahu (Valley of the Temples)

Penny Adams

2010s

Real Orthodox Christians live in peace with all others of good will. Full stop. Truly, the hate spewed by Anglo konvertsy on the web has to stop…

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The Byodo-In Temple is at the foot of the Ko’olau Mountains in Valley of the Temples Memorial Park. It opened 7 June 1968, to commemorate the 100-year anniversary of the arrival of the first Japanese immigrants to Hawaii. The Byodo-In Temple in O’ahu is a small-scale replica of the over 950-year-old Byodo-In Temple, a UNESCO World Heritage Site in Uji, Japan. The Byodo-In Temple is a non-denominational Buddhist shrine, which welcomes all people to worship, meditate, or simply appreciate its beauty. It isn’t a functioning temple in the proper sense; it doesn’t host a resident monastic community or an active congregation. Hawaiians and Japanese visitors often use the temple grounds for wedding and other family events.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Byodo-In_Temple

This is the temple website

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I’ve visited religious sites of other faiths many times. I’ve never made a rumpus nor tried to proselytise anyone. I’m a Christian… that’s what we do. We respect others for what they are. I apologise for the unfounded, hateful, and unreasonable posts by “Orthodox” konvertsy on the web. It’s just too much of a muchness…

BMD

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

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