Now showing items 15-34 of 37

    • The Hidden Treasure of Bon 

      Jinpa, Gelek; Tsewang, Kemi (Triten Norbutse Monastery & Bon Buddhist Federation, 2009)
      In 2008, an international team of climbers and other experts set out to salvage a cache of Tibetan manuscripts from a cave in the highlands of Nepal’s Mustang District. To help them with the task of identifying the texts, ...
    • Kanur Byurchiev, About Maani Bagshi 

      Churyumova, Elvira; Seleeva, Tsagan (2015-06-21)
      Kanur is from the Baga-Chonos clan. His father was the famous Kalmyk monk and healer Maani bagshi (his secular name was Kheeche Baburkievich Baburkiev). At the age of six, Maani bagshi was sent to a local temple and the ...
    • Keemia Orlova, About Tsagan Aav 

      Churyumov, Anton (2017-02-26)
      Tsagan Aav is the protector of all Kalmyks, irrespective of their clan affiliation. Usually he is depicted in a white robe holding a stick. There is a sutra about how the Buddha Shakyamuni met Tsagan Aav. According to the ...
    • Ksenia Konchieva, About Ubashi Khan and the 1771 Exodus 

      Churyumova, Elvira; Seleeva, Tsagan (2015-05-25)
      After returning from Siberian exile in 1957, our elders decided to perform a ritual for the land of Ubashi Khan, the land where we live today. It was barren in the past, for people used to set it on fire by using a lot of ...
    • Lidzhi Amikov, Buddhism as a Philosophy and practice 

      Kovaeva, Bair (2016-05-22)
      Lidzhi says he studies lamrim, a Buddhist text about the stages in the path of enlightenment as taught by Buddha. Lidzhi also believes that great Buddhist leaders such as the Dalai Lama, the Bogdo Gegyan and Telo Tulku ...
    • Lidzhi Amikov, Building Stupas 

      Kovaeva, Bair (2016-05-22)
      Lidzhi talks about stupas and religious statues that he helped to build. Lidzhi built his first stupa in the village of Malye Derbety in 2002. He came to Buddhism via his mother who read mantras every day and had Buddhist ...
    • Oleg Mandzhiev, About the Tsagan Aav 

      Churyumov, Anton (2016-10-10)
      Oleg relays a story about how he saw Tsagan Aav in his youth. It happened in the Soviet period. Oleg worked at an editorial office in Elista. One night he could not sleep well and woke up early in the morning. He went out ...
    • Oleg Mandzhiev, religion and Religious Dissidence in the Soviet Period 

      Churyumov, Anton (2016-10-10)
      When Oleg was a student in Moscow, he got to know an underground religious organization. One day Oleg heard from his friend about a religious sermon to be held outside of Moscow at 11 pm. Oleg took an electric train, which ...
    • Sanal Mukubenov, Buddhism: History, Monasteries, Sacred Places, and Monastic Dress 

      Churyumov, Anton (2016-04-14)
      Sanal is originally from the village of Ketchenery in Kalmykia. He is from the Bagshin Shevnr clan. In 2001 at the age of 17 he became a monk. He made this decision after reading extensively about Buddhism and long ...
    • Sanan Matvenov, About the Tsagan Aav 

      Churyumov, Anton (2016-07-19)
      Sanan says that enlightened beings exist that do not have bad thoughts in their minds or in their souls. There also exist gazryn ezn (spiritual masters of locality) who are not enlightened beings and as such are not regarded ...
    • Sanan Matvenov, How to Organize a Home Altar 

      Churyumov, Anton (2016-07-19)
      Sanan is an administrator at the Central Temple in Elista. He gives the following advice to the pious. Traditionally, an altar should face south. The altar at the Central Temple also faces south. This tradition originated ...
    • Sangadzhi Kononov, About Amnya Dolig (Substitute Rituals) 

      Churyumov, Anton; Kovaeva, Bair (2016-12-23)
      The Kalmyk word for life or soul is amn’. Amnya dolig refers to two different rituals. Ritual One. It is performed when one wants to grant life to a living being which is doomed to death. These include fish, birds (chicken ...
    • Sangadzhi Kononov, Buddhism in Kalmykia 

      Churyumov, Anton; Kovaeva, Bair (2016-12-25)
      Sangadzhi says that people sometimes have problems that can be resolved neither by modern medicine nor by science, but by Kalmyk rituals. Despite the deportation of the Kalmyk nation and the decades-long repression of ...
    • Sangadzhi Kononov, Buddhist Prayer Beads 

      Churyumov, Anton; Kovaeva, Bair (2016-12-25)
      Prayer beads have special dividers that divide the beads into 7, 21 and 33. Apart from using in prayers, the Kalmyks also keep beads as amulets that are believed to have strong energy. After prayers, old people often bless ...
    • Svetlana Sabrukova, autobiography, Kalmyk Culture, Scholars Who Studied Kalmyks 

      Churyumova, Elvira; Churyumov, Anton (2016-09-24)
      Svetlana was born in 1966 in the village of Tsagan-Usn, Kalmykia. After finishing the Oriental Faculty of Leningrad University, she did her PhD on the comparative analysis of Tibetan and Mongolian translations of Shantideva's ...
    • Telo Tulku Rinpoche, About Altars 

      Churyumova, Elvira (2017-02-25)
      Telo Tulku: In my belief system there are many deities. On my altar, in the middle, is the image or statue of Buddha. Then I have Manjushri, Amitayus – Buddha of longevity, then Green Tara – Bodhisattva of activity. I do ...
    • Telo Tulku Rinpoche, About Buddhist Holidays 

      Terbish, Baasanjav (2017-03-05)
      Telo Tulku: After achieving enlightenment, the Buddha turned the wheel of Dharma and gave his first teaching about four noble truths. This holiday is celebrated on the fourth day of the sixth month, according to the lunar ...
    • Telo Tulku Rinpoche, An Anecdote 

      Churyumova, Elvira (2017-03-12)
      There were a Buddhist, a Jew, a Muslim and a Christian who very good friends. One day they decided to go out and enjoy themselves. They started talking about their beliefs, gods and prophets. The Christian said, ‘Jesus ...
    • Telo Tulku Rinpoche, Tsagan Sar 

      Terbish, Baasanjav (2017-02-25)
      Tsagan Sar originates from the Buddhist canon. The Buddhist astrological tradition that was combined from traditions of India, Persia, China. This is the system that Tibetan Buddhism has been using. It later came to Mongolia. ...