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

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.”


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.


On 17 May, President of the Republic of Kazakhstan Kassym-Zhomart Tokayev celebrated his 67th birthday. Kirsan Ilyumzhinov, first president of Kalmykia, sixth FIDE president conveyed congratulations to the head of Kazakhstan.  It reads as follows:

“I congratulate you on your birthday and wish you long and fruitful life, happiness, prosperity and good luck in all your endeavours.
Let me, as the sixth President of the International Chess Federation (FIDE), also thank you for supporting the chess movement, for understanding the importance of the intellectual development in the modern world, which is fully facilitated by chess. No wonder the whole world considers chess an ancient and wise game and, at the same time, the most promising sport.


Dear veterans!

Сongratulations on the Great Victory Day! This is your Victory, and we are indebted to you. Your immortal feat will always live in the memory of humankind as a model of valour, fearlessness and devotion to the Motherland!
Dear compatriots! We all, both the older generation and youth, live under a peaceful sky only because our fathers, grandfathers and great-grandfathers won the terrible war and gave the world peace on this day 75 years ago. There are no words that could fully describe the greatness of their feat and sacrifice in the name of the life of future generations. Very few are left who went through the war. Our duty is to take care of our veterans, to do everything so that their life is worthy today. That’s our current "front line".

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