From the bottom of my heart, I congratulate all mothers on one of the brightest holidays in Russia - Mother's Day! On this day, we express gratitude to all mothers of the world for the best gift that we have received from them - life! I wish you, dear Mothers, happy holidays!

Congratulations to my mother, Rimma Sergeevna! There are no words to express all my love for you, all the bright feelings that live in my soul, thanks to you! Thank you for the life you gave me!
Great and holy motherly love warms and protects us from the cradle. It helps to overcome the hardships of life, gives hope and make us believe in success. And no matter how old we are, we always need mother's kind word, her tender look and wise advice!

On November 21, the Moscow Championship in classical chess ended in the Moscow Chess Club and the Moscow Survey Office.

On November 24, the ceremony of awarding the winners of the tournament took place at the Moscow Chess Club. They received cups, valuable prizes and gifts!
For nine days, 257 young chess players fought for prizes and access to the 2022 Russian Chess Championship. The tournament was held according to the Swiss system in nine rounds with a time control of 90 minutes for each player per game plus 30 seconds for each move, starting from the first.
The tournament was attended by chess players from Kalmykia playing for Moscow: Roman Shogdzhiev, Sofia Kekeeva, Lidzhi Godzhurov, Alexey Shushunov and Adian Boktaev. For the first time in the history of Moscow chess, our chess players won three prizes!
Roman Shogdzhiev took third place among boys under 11 years old, Sofia Kekeeva took second place among girls under 17 years old and Aleksey Shushunov took second place among boys under 17 years old. All our prize-winners received the right to compete in the Higher League of the 2022 Russia Chess Championship.

 

His Holiness the Dalai Lama will give a talk on Educating the Heart in the New Millennium followed by a question and answer online session from his residence in Dharamsala, HP, India on November 24th organized by Palas Athena, a Brazilian NGO. “My hope and wish is that, one day, formal education will pay attention to what I call ‘education of the heart. Education has an important role to play in cultivating personal concern and responsibility, social concern and responsibility, and universal concern and responsibility regarding the welfare of others," notes Dalai Lama.

On October 5, 1996, the first in the region, built in accordance with all the canons of a Buddhist temple, the largest khurul of the republic at that time, Syakusn-Syume, was solemnly opened six kilometres from the capital of Kalmykia, not far from the village of Arshan.

The Save Tibet website will soon premiere a new film “Buddha in the heart of the people”. It is about the history of Buddhism in Kalmykia. Buddhism is rightly considered the main spiritual bond of the Kalmyk people for many centuries, and the connection with Tibet and the Dalai Lama is an integral part of Kalmyk society. In the twentieth century, the Kalmyk people experienced the most difficult trials - civil and great patriotic war, deportation to Siberia, almost complete destruction of religious and cultural traditions. These difficult pages of history in the film "Buddha in the Heart of the People" are explained by scientists and researchers, guardians of spiritual and material values. The film was created in honour of the 25th anniversary of the Buddhist temple "Geden Sheddub Choi Korling" (Syakusn-Syume) in Kalmykia.

 

November 15, 2021 marked the 111th anniversary of the birth of an outstanding son of the Kalmyk people, a major military, statesman and public figure of the Russian Federation and Kalmykia Basan Gorodovikov.

Dozens of books, memoirs, poetic dedications, essays, newspaper publications, television films have been written about the life and work of Gorodovikov, his military path, and his merits in state building. The life of a wonderful person - a commander, creator Basan Gorodovikov is an example of selfless service to his people.

 Basan Gorodovikov was born into a peasant family in Mokraya Yelmuta on November 15, 1910. Member of the CPSU since 1939. Graduated from 8 classes. Joined the Red Army in 1927. In 1930, he graduated from the cavalry school and from the Military Academy named after M. Frunze in 1938.

He went to the Great Patriotic War in July 1941. Commanding the 251st Infantry Division of the 31st Army, Colonel Basan Gorodovikov took part in the Rzhev-Vyazemsk operation of the Western Front troops, during which the soldiers of his division liberated the city of Sychevka on March 8, 1943.

On November 13, My Planet TV channel will broadcast a programme about Kalmykia. The central khurul of Kalmykia has become the main filming point for the new project called “There is nothing like home". Golden Abode of Buddha Shakyamuni is the main Buddhist temple of the Republic of Kalmykia. This is one of the largest Buddhist temples in Europe. The building is 63 meters high and houses the largest nine-meter statue of Buddha in Russia.

The project was launched on My Planet TV channel on November 4. Leading the project, Andrey Ponkratov finds analogues to world sights while traveling across Russia. The main goal of the project is to show that you can see all the sights of the world without leaving Russia.

The special prize of the 24th Moscow Film Festival Vertical-2021 in the nomination "Best Cinema Story about the Reserve" was awarded to the film "Kalmykia: The Kingdom of the Saiga".

The popular science film directed by Rodion Buchukuri (Vladikavkaz, North Ossetia-Alania) is dedicated to saigas - the ancient inhabitants of the Eurasian steppes and semi-deserts, roaming the territory of the state reserve "Chernye Zemli".
The life of saigas is closely connected with the life of the Kalmyks who settled among the endless steppes in the 17th century. The Kalmyk epic is filled with fairy tales, proverbs, legends, songs about the close relationship with the "eternal nomad", the saiga. One of the legends about saigas is the legend of the White Elder (‘Bely Starets’ in Russian). One day a Kalmyk decided to start hunting a huge herd of animals. But the White Elder appeared in the centre of the herd. He ordered the hunter never to hunt saigas huddled in a herd. It is believed that at this time they are milked by the White Elder. The wise, peaceful, fast-footed, freedom-loving saiga has always been defended by the patron of the steppe expanses, White Elder. 

On November 4, Russia celebrates National Unity Day. On November 4, 1612, people of different nationalities and views rallied in the struggle against the enemy and preserved the statehood of our country. The militia led by Kuzma Minin and Dmitry Pozharsky rebuffed the invading Polish troops.

The first President of Kalmykia, sixth President of FIDE Kirsan Ilyumzhinov congratulated all his friends, fellow countrymen and people of Kalmykia, on the Day of National Unity:
“I congratulate you on National Unity Day! This is a holiday of pride for the Fatherland, for our small homeland, for the military and labour history, heroism and fortitude of Russians.
For centuries, patriotism and solidarity, mutual assistance and responsibility have helped our multinational people to pass the most difficult trials, achieve success and win.
The meaning of this holiday is that we, living on the same land, in the same country should be together and do the common thing. Which is to strengthen the Fatherland that was gathered, united, defended with their blood and entrusted to us by our great ancestors! 

His Holiness the Dalai Lama will give a two day of teaching on Maitreya's "The Ornament of the Sutras" followed by question and answer sessions each day at the request of Russian Buddhists online from his residence in Dharamsala, HP, India on November 4-5, 2021.

The teachings of His Holiness the Dalai Lama are not only a course of lectures, but also "oral transmission", a kind of introduction to the tradition of studying a written source. That is why, before starting the teachings, the teacher must mention from which mentor he himself received explanations for the work in question.
When the Dalai Lama reads aloud a classical work on the philosophy of Buddhism, the listener not only perceives its content on an intellectual level, but also receives an energetic impulse from the teacher that contributes to a deep penetration into its essence. This impulse, which Buddhists call “the blessing of the lineage,” extends not only to present life, but also to subsequent rebirths, so Tibetan monks and lay people try to get “oral transmission” to read and study as many fundamental Buddhist treatises as possible.

I congratulate those who in different years was a Komsomol member, who wore a Komsomol badge on the chest. Those who still have youthful impulses, who are ready to fight for justice, and for whom the concepts of honour and dignity are not empty words.

This year, the Komsomol organization turns 103 years old. At each historical boundary, the Komsomol set itself ambitious tasks and brilliantly solved them. The names of millions of young heroes who daily proved their selfless devotion to their country and their people, who fought for the prosperity of the Fatherland are forever inscribed in the chronicle of the Komsomol. The allied youth were always strong and never afraid of difficulties and responsibilities. They strived for search and new discoveries.

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