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Karma Kagyu Buddhists made a pilgrimage to Buryatia


Late in May Buddhists of the Karma Kagyu tradition made their 3rd pilgrim expedition to Buddhist sites of Buryatia. 15 people from different corners of Russia went to see monasteries, datsans and stupas where such high lamas of the Karma Kagyu Lineage as Lopön Tsechu Rinpoche and Sherab Gyaltsen Rinpoche had displayed their activity.

The journey started in Ulan-Ude, the capital of Buryatia. Within two days the pilgrims visited 4 Buddhist temples and went around about 40 stupas excluding 108 stupas which constitute the enclosure of Anninskiy datsan. For nights the travelers stayed in the woods at their friends who live near their teacher’s stupa and do individual Buddhist practices.

“Incredibly beautiful nature, boundless pure heights and wide open spaces, white stupas everywhere and lovely Buddhist temples, plenty of Buddhist practitioners of the past and the present – all these things made us be able to perceive everything around like a Pure land and to feel free and happy.” – the tour’s participants shared their impressions.

As a spiritual tour the pilgrimage has always been used by Buddhists, even turning sometimes into a separate practice. And traditionally Buddhist Buryatia is an amazing place for such a tour. Buddhism appeared in Buryatia back in the 17th century. Since that time Buddhist culture has been continuously developed here – they keep on building temples, datsans, stupas and starting new monasteries.

“When we get to know the history of Buddhism in Buryatia, visit numerous stupas, datsans, meet up with Buddhists of different traditions and generations as well as with other believers, we get a broader view at who we are in Buddhism and how lucky we are to have met the Dharma and a Teacher in this lifetime. We have known examples of a huge devotion to the Dharma by Buryatian lamas of previous centuries as well as by lamas and people who were repressed in the Soviet period and continued to teach the Dharma in prisons and concentration camps. They went on meditating even under tortures. Buddhists of different traditions of our time also show us examples of selfless service to their teachers. And there is such a variety of living Buddhist traditions! This sensible and touchable history inevitably disciplines our mind helping us to accurately sort out life values and gives us power for our own practice.” – said one of the pilgrims.



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