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Over Thousand Russian Buddhists attend teachings in Dharamsala

December 4, 2010

Wednesday, 1 December 2010

DHARAMSHALA: Thousands of Buddhist devotees from the Russian Federation have descended on Dharamsala, the exile abode of His Holiness the Dalai Lama, to attend his teachings for three days.

His Holiness the Dalai Lama preaches Gyalsey Thokme Sangpo's 37 Practices of A Boddhisattva (laklen sodunma) and confer a Guhyasamaja Initiation at the request of a group of Russian Buddhists from 30 November - 2 December.

In his introductory address, His Holiness said the teaching is being given as those interested in studying Buddhism in Russia had expressed their wish to come to Dharamsala some years ago.

"This teaching is basically requested by Russian Buddhists, for many years, we have been trying to bring the Dalai Lama to Russia. Due to reasons, we haven't been able to bring him to Russia. So, therefore, we have arranged these teachings here in Dharamsala," Telo Rinpoche, the spiritual head of the Republic of Kalmykia, told reporters.

"... We are very fortunate to be here in the holy land of India, a wonderful country where all the major religions of the world coexist in peace and harmony," Telo Rinpoche said in a statement.

"I truly believe we can balance external factors but in order to do it we must first balance our mental state and learn to think in a positive way. I believe His Holiness the Dalai Lama's teachings will lead us away from the darkness of ignorance and negative karma and will bring immense benefit to humanity in the 21st century. I also wish that the positiveness will be passed down to generations yet to come," he said.

Around 1,035 Buddhists from Kalmykia, Tuva and Buriyat in addition to about 4,000 people from 54 countries are attending the discourse.

Dignitaries including four members of Russian Parliament, finance minister of Kazakhstan and the former prime minister of Kalmykia were present.

"Last year we had over 800 pilgrims attending the teachings from Russia alone. And it was well beyond our expectations. But I am glad to say that all went well and I want to take this opportunity to thank Elo Rinpoche for his support and precious guidance, Office of Tibet Moscow, Save Tibet Foundation as well as all the volunteers who worked so hard to make the teachings run so smoothly," Telo Rinpoche said.
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