The Dalai Lama thanks Ilyumzhinov

The September visit of the Dalai Lama to Latvia was the sixth in a row. And again, there were almost no empty seats in the Riga hall "Skonto", where the lectures of His Holiness were held.

Earlier, talking with reporters, the Dalai Lama conveyed a blessing to the Buddhists of Kalmykia, Tuva, Buryatia, Irkutsk region and Trans-Baikal region. "With all my heart I love and respect the Buddhists of Russia and the Baltics. You have to be friends," he said.

In addition, His Holiness warmly thanked "the deeply religious Buddhist Kirsan Ilyumzhinov, who made a lot for the Republic as a President of Kalmykia."