On 29-30 May 2020, there will be live webcasts of His Holiness the Dalai Lama's two days Avalokiteshvara Empowerment. People are requested to follow social distancing rules while viewing the live webcast.

Since the initiation refers to the Kriya Tantra, it is recommended to refrain from eating animal meat (lamb, pork, fish, chicken and so on), eggs and alcoholic beverages, at least from the evening of 28 May until the end of the initiation.

 According to information from the office of His Holiness the Dalai Lama, His Holiness believes that the most important thing for receiving this initiation is motivation. According to him, those who for some reason cannot watch the live broadcast will be able to receive initiation by

The pandemic exposed the sorest spots and revealed the weakest links. Russia did not escape this, which made us acutely aware of the problem of social inequality, which will now increase many times as the ranks of the poor and lowly get replenished by millions of people who have lost their jobs. For many, hopes for the opportunity to live normally will collapse. The gap between the rich and the poor has been very wide before. And now the poor have become even poorer.

Social inequality, as a phenomenon, only until a certain time is a purely theoretical problem. There comes a time when the exorbitant, and sometimes glaring gap in incomes of the rich and the poor is sparking protests.

 

On 23 May, President of the Avanti Association of Entrepreneurs for the Development of Patriotic Business Rakhman Yansukov held a live broadcast with first President of Kalmykia, sixth President of FIDE Kirsan Ilyumzhinov. 

It is available to watch on our website. Here are some interesting facts. During the broadcast, Kirsan Nikolaevich spoke about the business of the 90s. In particular, he referred to the first million dollars earned by him at a Soviet-Japanese company and a showdown with bandits and representatives of criminal gangs. “I do not regret that time,” says Kirsan Ilyumzhinov, “I survived everything and now I’m talking to you.”

 

I don’t know if it is possible to congratulate our readers on the end of boring self-isolation. It is just amazing how easy the new disease – which is still not the most aggressive and murderous known to man - has brought the world economy to its knees. Yes, but if only the economy!

The ease with which the pandemic knocked out mankind only speaks of how unreliable the former, prematurely dilapidated world, built on the principles of false liberalism and rampant consumption, turned out to be. It is not surprising that from the very beginning of the pandemic many began to prophesy world’s end and outline the contours of our near future.

 

Congratulations to all Muslims on the completion of the holy month of Ramadan and the onset of Uraza-Bayram! Uraza Bayram is a symbol of renewal of spiritual strength and moral purity. It is the celebration of compassion and mercy.

From time immemorial, it has been marked by good deeds and care for those in need. It personifies aspiration of people to self-improvement. Uraza Bayram unites people, making them kinder and more merciful. Uraza Bayram draws believers to the spiritual and moral origins of Islam.

 

On 23 May, the holy month of Ypc Cap (Saga Dawa) begins. This month accounts for the main events in the life of Buddha Shakyamuni (birth, enlightenment, and parinirvana). These are three greatest feats accomplished by the Great Teacher Buddha for the benefit of all living beings.

Buddhists will celebrate the Buddha’s birth (563 BC), enlightenment, and parinirvana. As you are aware, all these events occurred on the same day, with a difference between the first and last of 80 years. All khuruls will host solemn services, charity events, concerts, and festive treats for believers and laity.

 

On 23 May, the first day of the holy Buddhist month Ypc Cap ( Saga Dawa), the Honorary Representative of His Holiness the Dalai Lama in Russia, Mongolia and the CIS countries, the Shajin Lama of Kalmykia, Telo Tulku Rinpoche, gives online instructions on the basics of Buddhist practice, as well as vows of refuge, sobriety and other vows.

In the Buddhists’ sacred month of Saga Dawa, any spiritual practice or good action brings spiritual merit.

 

On 16 May, Kalmyk Tea Day was celebrated in Kalmykia (Halmg Tsyaagin Nyar in the Kalmyk language). This holiday is celebrated on the third Saturday of May. First president of Kalmykia, sixth president of FIDE Kirsan Ilyumzhinov congratulated fellow countrymen on this holiday. You may watch his video message on the homepage of our website. Its text reads as follows:

“I congratulate my fellow countrymen and everyone who is familiar with the Kalmyk culture, with our national holiday, Kalmyk Tea Day! I wish all peace, good health, for which Kalmyk tea is very good”, said Kirsan Nikolaevich.
Ilyumzhinov also shared stories related to the holiday. Incidentally, a friend of Kirsan Nikolaevich Gazi Luguev was the first to congratulate him on and said that his family has been drinking Kalmyk tea for a long time.

 

On 19 May 1922, the Second All-Russian Conference of the Komsomol created pioneers’ detachments. In Soviet times, Pioneer Day was one of the most significant children's holidays. Kirsan Ilyumzhinov spoke about pioneering, congratulating everyone who once wore a pioneer tie:

“Thirty years ago, in September 1991, the All-Union Pioneer Organization named after Lenin ceased to exist. If they tell me that its liquidation promoted great success in educating the young generation, I will disagree.

 As much as you can disown the Soviet past, still you have to admit that the best features of a person - fidelity to the word, fellowship, friendship, courage and decisiveness, and at the same time responsibility for one’s deeds and actions - was laid down then. The pioneering spirit itself exuded energy and aspiration for the goal. It is no coincidence that the word ‘pioneer’ means the first.

“I am proud of my fellow countrymen for their creative hard work and love for their native land. We made Elista one of the important cultural and spiritual centres of modern Russia,” wrote Kirsan Ilyumzhinov on his Instagram page today.

Recently, Forbes published an article, which included the capital of Kalmykia, Elista in the list of uunderestimated cities in Russia. Jared Ranahan, a journalist for one of the world's most respected business magazines, recalled that Elista is the only city in Europe with a predominance of Buddhism. “The city is replete with richly decorated Buddhist temples and is famous for its love of chess,” the author writes.
I must say that Buddhist temples appeared in Elista relatively recently, at the beginning of the 2000s, and the world learned about the enormous love of chess for Kalmyk residents thanks to the 33rd World Chess Olympiad. It is impossible to overestimate the contribution of the first president of Kalmykia, Kirsan Ilyumzhinov, to the development of culture, religion and sport in the steppe republic.

 

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