His Holiness addressed the audience on the final day of the tenth annual teachings for Russian Buddhists: “The current teachings are mainly given to residents of Russia, including believers from traditionally Buddhist republics — Kalmykia, Buryatia and Tuva — who have long ties with Tibet. There is a special connection between us.”
His Holiness reiterated the advice that the followers of Buddha should today try to become 21st-century Buddhists. He stated there is no point in taking refuge in the Three Jewels, if there is no understanding of what it is. Buddhism not only offers unique philosophical points of view, but also instils awareness of the importance of Ahimsa (non-violent behaviour).
According to His Holiness, if Ahimsa, whose motivation is Karuna (compassion), occupied a more significant place in our life, there would be less conflict in the world and we could solve problems more effectively, especially such as the gap between rich and poor.
On the same day, Kirsan Ilyumzhinov met with businessmen from Turkey, the management of the Tokana company. According to Kirsan Nikolayevich, they discussed joint business projects.