The Center of Buddhism in Russia: Ivolginsky Datsan

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The Ivolginsky Datsan monastery complex, the spiritual capital of Russian Buddhists, is located 30 kilometers from the capital of the Russian republic of Buryatia. Rising from the steppes at the foot of the Khamar-Daban mountain range, the datsan is visited by many worshipers, pilgrims and tourists from all over the world.

The Ivolginsky Datsan monastery complex, the spiritual capital of Russian Buddhists, is located 30 kilometers from the capital of the Russian republic of Buryatia. Rising from the steppes at the foot of the Khamar-Daban mountain range, the datsan is visited by many worshipers, pilgrims and tourists from all over the world.

© RIA Novosti . Vladimir Pesnya / Go to the photo bankThe Ivolginsky Datsan monastery complex, the spiritual capital of Russian Buddhists, is located 30 kilometers from the capital of the Russian republic of Buryatia. Rising from the steppes at the foot of the Khamar-Daban mountain range, the datsan is visited by many worshipers, pilgrims and tourists from all over the world.
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The Ivolginsky Datsan monastery complex, the spiritual capital of Russian Buddhists, is located 30 kilometers from the capital of the Russian republic of Buryatia. Rising from the steppes at the foot of the Khamar-Daban mountain range, the datsan is visited by many worshipers, pilgrims and tourists from all over the world.
© RIA Novosti . Vladimir Pesnya / Go to the photo bankThe altars and temple interiors are decorated with original artwork. The datsan is protected by the state as a monument of religious architecture.
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The altars and temple interiors are decorated with original artwork. The datsan is protected by the state as a monument of religious architecture.
© RIA Novosti . Vladimir Pesnya / Go to the photo bankThe Ivolginsky Datsan was opened in 1945. It is the residence of the Pandito Khambo Lama, the leader of Russia’s Buddhists.
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The Ivolginsky Datsan was opened in 1945. It is the residence of the Pandito Khambo Lama, the leader of Russia’s Buddhists.
© RIA Novosti . Vladimir Pesnya / Go to the photo bankA statue of the 12th Khambo Lama, Dashi-Dorzho Itigilov, near the palace of Khambo Lama Itigilov in the Ivolginsky Datsan monastery complex.
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A statue of the 12th Khambo Lama, Dashi-Dorzho Itigilov, near the palace of Khambo Lama Itigilov in the Ivolginsky Datsan monastery complex.
© RIA Novosti . Vladimir Pesnya / Go to the photo bankA monk at the entrance to the Khambo Lama Itigilov’s palace, which houses the incorruptible body of the 12th Khambo Lama, Dashi-Dorzho Itigilov.
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A monk at the entrance to the Khambo Lama Itigilov’s palace, which houses the incorruptible body of the 12th Khambo Lama, Dashi-Dorzho Itigilov.
© RIA Novosti . Vladimir PesnyaThe datsan complex also houses the Buddhist University, where khuvaraks, or novices, are trained.
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The datsan complex also houses the Buddhist University, where khuvaraks, or novices, are trained.
© RIA Novosti . Vladimir Pesnya / Go to the photo bankA library in one of the temples of the Ivolginsky Datsan.
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A library in one of the temples of the Ivolginsky Datsan.
© RIA Novosti . Vladimir PesnyaThe monastery complex comprises university buildings, sacred stupas (mounds), a hotel for visitors, a museum of Buddhist art, various offices and accommodation for lamas.
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The monastery complex comprises university buildings, sacred stupas (mounds), a hotel for visitors, a museum of Buddhist art, various offices and accommodation for lamas.
© RIA Novosti . Vladimir Pesnya / Go to the photo bankA lion statue at the entrance to the Khambo Lama Itigilov’s palace, which houses the incorruptible body of Dashi-Dorzho Itigilov, the 12th Khambo Lama.
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A lion statue at the entrance to the Khambo Lama Itigilov’s palace, which houses the incorruptible body of Dashi-Dorzho Itigilov, the 12th Khambo Lama.
© RIA Novosti . Vladimir Pesnya / Go to the photo bankA wedding procession at the Ivolginsky Datsan.
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A wedding procession at the Ivolginsky Datsan.
© RIA Novosti . Vladimir Pesnya / Go to the photo bankToday pilgrims from neighboring regions and other countries come to the datsan to see the incorruptible body of the 12th Pandito Khambo Lama, who died nearly 90 years ago. He is believed to help everyone who comes to him to pray for help.
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Today pilgrims from neighboring regions and other countries come to the datsan to see the incorruptible body of the 12th Pandito Khambo Lama, who died nearly 90 years ago. He is believed to help everyone who comes to him to pray for help.
© RIA Novosti . Vladimir Pesnya / Go to the photo bankThe datsan hosts major Buddhist events and daily rituals and prayers honoring the sakhyuusans, or protectors and guardians of Buddhism. Photo: A lion at the entrance to a temple in the Ivolginsky Datsan.
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The datsan hosts major Buddhist events and daily rituals and prayers honoring the sakhyuusans, or protectors and guardians of Buddhism. Photo: A lion at the entrance to a temple in the Ivolginsky Datsan.
© RIA Novosti . Vladimir Pesnya / Go to the photo bankThe Ivolginsky Datsan.
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The Ivolginsky Datsan.
© RIA Novosti . Vladimir Pesnya / Go to the photo bankWorshipers turn prayer wheels with inscribed mantras while circling the Ivolginsky Datsan.
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Worshipers turn prayer wheels with inscribed mantras while circling the Ivolginsky Datsan.
© RIA Novosti . Vladimir Pesnya / Go to the photo bank“…It was built when Stalin was at the height of his powers. I do not understand how this could happen, but this fact has helped me to realize that spirituality is so deeply rooted in the human mind, that it is very difficult, if not impossible, to uproot it …” the current (14th) Dalai Lama wrote about the datsan.
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“…It was built when Stalin was at the height of his powers. I do not understand how this could happen, but this fact has helped me to realize that spirituality is so deeply rooted in the human mind, that it is very difficult, if not impossible, to uproot it …” the current (14th) Dalai Lama wrote about the datsan.
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