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Buddhists from eighteen countries meditate to protect the Eagle Knoll (Orlinaya Sopka) and Buddhist Center in Vladivostok

17.11.2013

On 20 November, 2013 at 5 pm in Vladivostok the international 12-hours meditation will start to support the city Buddhist Center situated at the “Eagle Knoll” (Orlinaya Sopka). Meditation also is aimed to protect the knoll inhabitants from possible negative consequences of the high-rise construction, which is going on there. At the same time with the meditation in Vladivostok, people will also start to meditate in Moscow (10 am Moscow time), and then Buddhists from 18 countries of the world will take part in the meditation.

The multistoried building construction on the Eagle Knoll is being carried out in spite of the protests and several public hearings outcomes, where the knoll inhabitants and other citizens have definitely and unanimously expressed their opinion against the high-rise construction.

The Vladivostok Buddhist Center, located near the construction site, also falls under the threat of destruction, as cracks started to appear in its foundation.

As the experts say, harmful consequences of the multistore buildings construction in this place might become extensive. Sergey Sadovoi (the Far Eastern institute of economics, building sector and housing and communal services development, professional retraining and specialists training director) has stated:

- Vladivostok territory and particularly the coastal knoll slopes are quite a challenging construction area. Geological soil structure of the most of our city knolls has the random and focal nature. Local soil is like a puff pastry, where all the layers have mixed and are located both vertically and horizontally, intersected and angularly located. With this soil structure, dotted drilling leads to high inaccuracy level and of course cannot give the objective building area picture. As a result, there were cases in Vladivostok of some driven piles falling through completely. Also there have been cases when already constructed residential house frames collapsed and slid aside.

The Vladivostok Buddhist Center is the place where different cultures and nationalities meet. Representatives of Vietnamese, Japanese and Chinese diaspora visit it, as well as APEC tourists who have strong connections with the Far East due to historical and economical reasons. Buddhism is the traditional religion in Russia, having long-standing roots in Far East region, which is evidenced by numerous archaeological findings. At present the Center is conducting vast religious educational activity (city lectures, courses and yoga, meditation and traditional handicrafts master classes). Buddhists have also offered their help and participated in Eagle Knoll territory upclassing projects, for example in park beautification, which could become a city adornment and a place for APEC cultures meeting. On 5 November, 2013 the Center proposals got the officilal UNESCO support.

The threat to the Eagle Knoll and Vladivostok Center is being seen by all Pacific region Buddhists as the constitutional rights and citizens’ freedoms violation, and also as the threat to the relogious community functioning.

In this connection the Buddhists of the world are starting the simultaneous meditation in support of the Eagle Knoll inhabitatnts and the Vladivostok Buddhist Center. At 5 pm local time at the knoll top, on the Center building’s roof, the Buddhists will start the Buddha Avalokiteshvara (“Loving Eyes” in Sanskrit) meditation, who’s mantra “OM MANI PEME HUNG” is the most known in all the world and brings the pacifying energy which eliminates all the conflicts.

Together with the Vladivostok, the meditation in other Russian cities will start: in Moscow and St. Petersburg, Ulan-Ude and Elista, in Altai and Karelia, Tyva and Yakutiya. Also the Buddhists in Tokio, Kathmandu, Delhi, Buddhist communities of China, Mongolia, Hong Kong, Vietnam, Australia, New Zealand, Canada, Venezuela, Peru, Mexico, Great Britain, Germany, Switzerland, Austria, Damnark and other countries will participate in the 12-hours mediation.

At the same time all the Vladivostok inhabitants will have the opportunity to make positive wishes during the “wish fulfilling stupa” circumvention, which will be exhibited on the Buddhist Center roof. Stupas in the Buddhist traditions are the architectural installations that symbolize the perfect nature of mind, the Enlightenment. They are considered to eliminate the obstacles, stop the wars, violence and quarrels, favour local area prosperity and harmony and bring welfare to the people who are contemplating them.

Alexander Koibagarov, the President of the Karma Kagyu School Buddhists Assosoiation, says:

-  Eagle Knoll is the historical place with the beautiful view over Vladivostok and the Golden Horn bay, significant for every Vladivostok inhabitant. It has additional value for the Buddhists: here the granite Buddha sculpture had been installed, presented by the Japanese in 1993, which later was subjected to vandalism. City residents have come out for the Nagorny park to appear at the Eagle Knoll, accessible for everyone, whereas the mulistore buildings development of the knoll means the restricted access to this territory. We are fully supporting the inhabitants and are ready to favour in every possible way the construction of the Nagorny park and to draw the international community into this project. As the present to the city, the Assosiation is ready to build a stupa in the future park, as the symbol of neighborly relationship and peaceful cooperation of the Asia-Pacific region countries.

Press briefing on the action start will take place at 16.30 in Vladivostok Buddhist Center, Derzhavina st., 3 at the Eagle Knoll.

Contacts for the press:

Nadezhda Dubinina,  +7 (914) 702-89-86 e-mail: nadia108@gmail.com

In Moscow

Sofia Savelieva,  +7 (965) 348-31-25, e-mail: sofiasavelyeva@gmail.com

Arina Pozdniakova,  +7 (905) 561-08-56, e-mail: arina108@gmail.com

 

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