On June 20, the monastic sangha and Buddhists of Kalmykia celebrate the 30th anniversary of the election of Telo Tulku Rinpoche to the post of Shajin Lama of Kalmykia. This fateful decision was made at the II Extraordinary Conference of Buddhists of Kalmykia and the Astrakhan region.

On the 30th anniversary of his tenure as Shajin Lama the first President of Kalmykia, sixth FIDE President Kirsan Ilyumzhinov congratulated the Honorary Representative of His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama in Russia, Mongolia and the CIS countries, Venerable Telo Tulku Rinpoche:
“I sincerely thank you for the ascetic service to your people, the light of faith that you bring to us through the noble truths of Buddhism! Your contribution to strengthening the religious and cultural ties that have existed for centuries between the traditional Buddhist regions of Russia and the Tibetan community is invaluable. I will never forget how we organized the visit of His Holiness the Dalai Lama to Kalmykia in 2004.
On this significant day for all followers of the Buddhist teachings, we express our sincere gratitude and appreciation to you for your great mission to revive and strengthen high spiritual values, for the love and compassion that you have been giving us over the years.”

I read a story: “A young girl got on the bus. At the next stop, a noisy and grumpy old lady came in and sat down next to her. The woman squeezed into the seat and piled her numerous bags on it. The man sitting opposite the girl asked her why she did not lecture the impudent passenger. The young lady replied with a smile, “It is not necessary to be rude or argue over something insignificant, our journey together is so short. I get off at the next stop".

This answer deserves to be written in gold letters! We should understand that our time on Earth is short enough to overshadow it with quarrels and useless arguments.
It's just a waste of time and energy. Someone broke your heart? "Calm down, the journey is so short." Someone betrayed, insulted, deceived or humiliated you? "Forgive him, the journey is so short."

On June 14 this year, Buddhists celebrate the birthday of Buddha Shakyamuni. This is one of the main holidays in the Buddhist calendar, which falls on the 15th lunar day of the holy month Ur Sar.

Buddhists will celebrate the birth (563 BC), enlightenment and parinirvana of Buddha Shakyamuni. As you know, all these events took place on the same day, with a difference between the first and the last of 80 years. Solemn services, charity events, concerts, festive treats for believers and laity will be held in all khuruls of Kalmykia.
Kirsan Ilyumzhinov congratulated the Buddhists on this great holiday:
“I congratulate fellow countrymen and all Buddhists on a great holiday - the birthday, enlightenment and departure to parinirvana of Buddha Shakyamuni! On the birthday of our great Teacher, we rejoice in his miraculous deeds and try to follow his example. Buddha Shakyamuni came to our world to help people find happiness.

From the bottom of my heart, I congratulate everyone on the Day of Russia - the holiday of the revival of the sovereign statehood of our great Motherland. This holiday is a symbol of freedom and independence; it unites all of us by sincere and selfless love for the Fatherland.

On June 12, 1990, as a deputy of the First Congress of People's Deputies of the Russian Federation, I voted for the Declaration on the Sovereignty of Russia. 32 years have passed since it was adopted. Over the years, our country has gone through a difficult path of development, but managed to confirm the status of a strong and independent power and unite many peoples and cultures.
I was born and raised in Russia, I live here now, my family lives here. Parents and brothers live in my Little Motherland - Kalmykia. June 12 is a sacred day for us. It is celebrated by people of different nationalities, cultures and generations. We are all united by the desire to be strong and prosperous. A prosperous, firmly standing, independent Russia is our dream, our common future. In the name of this, we live and work, keep the traditions and covenants of our ancestors, and, I am sure, we will achieve success.

The opening of the chess pavilion named after Kirsan Ilyumzhinov will take place in Makhachkala soon. The pavilion is in the very centre of Makhachkala, in a picturesque corner of the city, next to the Caspian Hotel. Chess lovers can come here and play chess nearly every day.

Back on April 22, we wrote that it was decided to name the chess pavilion in the centre of Makhachkala after the sixth FIDE President Kirsan Ilyumzhinov, who had received a letter from the Chess Federation of Dagestan.
“Dear Kirsan Nikolaevich! The Chess Federation of Dagestan, like the entire chess world, recognizes your great merits in the development and popularization of this intellectual game. It would be a great honour for us to name the chess pavilion on Rhodope Boulevard in Makhachkala after you. This wonderful facility for all chess lovers is in a seaside park, not far from the historical centre of Makhachkala.”

What can a traveller see in a day in Elista, the capital of Kalmykia? The name of this city is translated from Kalmyk as "sandy", and this is one of the centres of Russian Buddhism. Incidentally, it is the only one in the European part of our country.

The city is small and it is only a century and a half old. A little over a hundred thousand people live there. And the main sights of Elista can be seen in a few hours.
Here is a bronze Ostap Bender with twelve chairs - one of the first monuments to a literary character in Russia. Nearby is a chess town built during the time of Kirsan Ilyumzhinov (the head of the region, who held this position from 1993 to 2010. In 1998, a Chess Olympiad was held here, which ended with the victory of the Russian team.

Thekchen Chöling, Dharamsala, HP, India - “Today, I’m going to give the actual empowerment of Avalokiteshvara,” His Holiness the Dalai Lama announced when he had taken his seat on the throne. “Avalokiteshvara is regarded as the embodiment of the compassion of all the Buddhas. And Tibet is the land whose people he is to train. Since the time of the great Dharma Kings, Tibetans have enjoyed a special connection to the one they know as Chenrezig.”

His Holiness repeated the story of the Kyirong Jowo, the Wati Sangpo statue that he has had installed in the Temple for the duration of the collection of Mani mantras. In Tibet there was a celebrated statue of Avalokiteshvara in the Potala, another in the Jokhang, while a third was the Wati Sangpo. When the Fifth Dalai Lama undertook an Avalokiteshvara retreat he brought the three together and experienced visions of deities emerging from the heart of the Wati Sangpo. The monks of Dzongkar Chödé say that different expressions can be seen on its face and His Holiness says he’s noticed that it seems to smile when he’s making prayers related to bodhichitta.

On June 3, the first President of Kalmykia, sixth President of FIDE Kirsan Ilyumzhinov, while in the United Arab Emirates, met with Chairman of the Council of the Eurasian Peoples' Assembly on international economic activity Marina Shmatova. They discussed new business and global humanitarian projects aimed at improving life on the planet.

There was also a meeting with Indian CEO Vinay Malu, Founder and Chairman of Enso Group based in Mumbai, India. Various projects, including environmental ones, were discussed.
Vinay Malu is one of the ten richest people in India. The 62-year-old CEO is the founder and chairman of the international conglomerate Enso Group. This holding controls oil, gas, mining, financial, industrial, telecommunications and energy companies located in a dozen countries of the world.
Vinay Malu is the son of Sri Bane Chand Malu, a well-known poet in India. The billionaire is considered an adherent of one of the most famous spiritual schools in Hindustan - Jainism. Adherents of this religion are forbidden to kill any living beings.

 On June 1, President of Kazakhstan Kassym-Jomart Tokayev, during his visit to the children's festival in Almaty, spoke about the development of chess among children in Kazakhstan.

“I want to get involved in the promotion and development of chess among children. It does not require special equipment; it needs elementary organization and financial resources. This we can do. It has been noticed that those children who play chess are far from all sorts of harmful activities,” the President said.

On May 31, 2022, Buddhists celebrated the beginning of the month Ur Sar (Vesak holiday) - Buddha’s Birthday (Buddha Purnima), which is considered one of the main ones in the Buddhist calendar. It symbolizes the birth, enlightenment and departure into the Pari nirvana of Gautama Buddha. In different parts of the world, Buddhists call this triple holiday differently: Ur Sar in Kalmykia, Saga Dawa in Tibet, Vesak in India.

Buddha Shakyamuni - the spiritual teacher, the founder of Buddhism - is also called "Awakened" or "Enlightened". He was born in 623 and given the name of Siddhartha Gautama. Believers come to temples for solemn services to honour the memory of the great teacher.

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