The Dalai Lama considers multinational and multi-confessional Russia a great country with enormous potential for building a happy world in the 21st century. He stated this in an interview with Russian students.

The first online meeting of the world famous spiritual leader of Buddhism with students of five state universities in Russia was held on March 29 with the participation of the head of the Institute of General Genetics, RAS Academician Nikolai Yankovsky and other prominent Russian scientists. It was dedicated to the theme "Peace in an era of change". The questions to the Dalai Lama were asked by students of Moscow State University, St. Petersburg State University, Kalmyk, Buryat and Tuva state universities. The broadcast was hosted by the Save Tibet Foundation on its website.
“If we want to build a happy life on earth, then differences in national, religious and other views should recede into the background. In the 21st century, we must realize that all seven billion people on our planet are one big family ... And in this respect, the Russian Federation is a great country, you have great potential to build a happy world. And I am happy today to talk with Russian friends from different universities,” the Dalai Lama said.
According to him, we are all the same human beings, we want a happy life, we do not want suffering, and to achieve this, we use our intellect. In previous centuries, we thought short-sightedly in the context of 'I, me, and mine’. This led to the First and Second World Wars, creation of nuclear and other destructive weapons. Now is the time to think together for benefit of all humanity, all living beings, to take care of the welfare of all, because we are all interconnected. Today, dividing people into friends and foes is an unrealistic approach, outdated thinking," the Buddhist leader stressed.

On April 12, while in Beirut, Ilyumzhinov warmly congratulated all believers professing Islam on the onset of the blessed month of Ramadan:

“From the bottom of my heart I congratulate all believers professing Islam on the coming of the blessed month of Ramadan! As it is written in the Qur'an, strict observance of the fast and refusal of all sinful thoughts and desires will allow a person to be cleansed of vices. This is the only way to earn the forgiveness of Allah and eternal happiness in Paradise.
Ramadan is a sacred time for fasting, spiritual purification and abstinence from earthly passions in the name of Allah. Believers at this time turn to the main foundations of Islam - justice, love for one's neighbour, doing good deeds and helping those in need.

 

On April 11, 1993, the first presidential elections in Kalmykia took place. On April 12, it was announced that Kirsan Ilyumzhinov became the President of Kalmykia, 65.37% voted for him.

Three candidates took part in the election race: President of the Sun Corporation Kirsan Ilyumzhinov, General Valery Ochirov and President of the Farmers' Association of Kalmykia Vladimir Bambaev. The main struggle broke out between Ilyumzhinov and Afghan General Valery Ochirov. 

On April 12, 1961, exactly 60 years ago, the Soviet cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin on the Vostok-1 spacecraft took off from the Baikonur cosmodrome and made an orbital flyby of planet Earth for the first time in the world. The flight in near-earth space lasted 108 minutes.

In the history of humanity, the first flight into space is the greatest event - breakthrough into another dimension. Aviation and Cosmonautics Day is a triumph of reason, strength and courage of humankind. These qualities contributed to the completion of the first manned flight into space.
Decades and centuries will pass, a man will land on other planets, leaving the space system, much will be erased in the memory of humankind, but the name of Yuri Gagarin, who for the first time overcame earthly gravity and escaped into space, will forever remain in the history of earthly civilization.

October 5, 2021 marks the 25th anniversary of the Syakyusn-Syume khurul complex. It was erected in 4 years on the donations of the people of Kalmykia and the personal funds of the first President of Kalmykia Kirsan Ilyumzhinov. In February 1989, the question of building a Buddhist temple arose for the first time. Several sites were proposed for its construction, including in one micro-district on the southern outskirts of Elista. As a result, a suitable area for all parameters was found near the village of Arshan. Its construction took one year.

The grand opening took place on October 5, 1996. And a few years later, the it was consecrated by the Buddhist leader of the world, the14th Dalai Lama. We will continue to tell our readers about this unique Khural complex.
Editors’ note: Syakyusn-Syume is a Buddhist temple in the Republic of Kalmykia. Khurul is located six kilometres from the capital of Kalmykia, near the village of Arshan.

Birthday greetings continue to arrive to first President of Kalmykia, sixth President of FIDE Kirsan Ilyumzhinov, who is currently in Beirut. We share some of them:

"Dear Kirsan Nikolaevich! Please accept my best wishes on your birthday and the Day of the adoption of the Steppe Code of the Republic of Kalmykia! It is symbolic that an important holiday for the region falls on the birthday of a man who has done so much to strengthen statehood, maintain traditions and comprehensive development of the republic.

Please accept my most sincere wishes for excellent health, wise decisions, further professional success and well-being at home.
May you be surrounded by people close and dear to you, and may your life bring to you good news only!
Sincerely, Deputy Minister of Defence of the Russian Federation Lieutenant-General Yevkurov"

On April 5, first President of Kalmykia, sixth President of FIDE Kirsan Ilyumzhinov, whose visit to Beirut continues, received many birthday greetings. We would like to share with our readers some of them:

"Dear Kirsan Nikolaevich, happy birthday! I wish you health, happiness and good luck in all your endeavours. May your knowledge, rich versatile experience and business activity continue to help you achieve bold goals. And may what has been achieved increase your optimism and creative energy. Well-being and all the best to you and your loved ones!
President of the Republic of Tatarstan Minnikhanov”

“Two years ago, on the recording of one of the TV shows, Misha came to wish me well on my 55th birthday, and I played chess with him,” says Kirsan Ilyumzhinov, sixth President of FIDE. “It was a great match. The fact that Misha is a very talented chess player was immediately apparent. He has a brilliant memory and, I am sure, a great future. In chess, there is no such thing as “early”. All parents want their children to be extraordinary. And playing chess is only beneficial.
And if their child likes to play then why not? Chess develops both hemispheres of the brain. Children need it, and then life will tell in which area the child is especially talented. Not every chess player who played well in childhood becomes a brilliant player. At different times, one name then another, surfaced, but then they quickly disappeared from the horizon. Some could not cope the difficulties, some had no luck with a coach, and someone’s talent was overestimated. But all of them, I assure you, have grown up to be wonderful and intelligent people.

On March 29, a first online meeting of the world famous spiritual leader of Buddhism with students from five state universities in Russia took place. The meeting was held with the participation of the head of the Institute of General Genetics Academician Nikolai Yankovsky and other prominent Russian scientists. It was dedicated to "World in an era of change".

The Dalai Lama told Russian students that all galaxies are creations of our karma, and that everybody can change their karma for the better by developing an altruistic motivation for their action.
Questions to His Holiness were asked by students of Moscow State University, St. Petersburg State University, Kalmyk, Buryat and Tuva State Universities. The broadcast was hosted by the Save Tibet Foundation on its website.
According to the Dalai Lama, our life depends on previous karma. But this does not mean that karma cannot be changed. “Of course, there are children who come into this world, for example, with a damaged brain. But you should never generalize, despair and write off everything on karma. As long as a person has basic consciousness, he can take care of his mental and physical existence. And that’s how karma can be changed,” the spiritual mentor said.

The friendly and, as it turned out, business visit of first President of Kalmykia, sixth President of FIDE Kirsan Ilyumzhinov to Beirut continues.

As Kirsan Ilyumzhinov explained, he perfectly manages to combine meetings with friends with business negotiations in Beirut. Which, however, is quite natural, knowing Ilyumzhinov's business acumen and his ability to be friends with people.
According to Kirsan Ilyumzhinov, the Lebanese weather presents the most unexpected surprises: on March 27, it suddenly got colder and snow fell. The bright sun was covered with snow clouds.

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