November 9, 2017. Adherents of Buddhism of all directions have found a house in the center of the capital.
Buddhism was recognized as one of the state religions of Russia by the decree of Empress Elizabeth Petrovna in the distant 1741.
About 1,000,000 inhabitants of the country now call themselves Buddhists. Traditionally, this religion is practiced in Buryatia, the Trans-Baikal Territory, Kalmykia and Tyva. Buddhist communities exist in many cities of the country. More than 100,000 Buddhists live in Moscow according to various sources.
The opening of the center was a landmark event not only for the members of the metropolitan community. Its importance was appreciated in the world. The ceremony was attended by Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Nepal to Russia Mr. Rishiram Ghemire, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Mongolia to Russia Mr. Dalgermaa Banzragchin. In their speeches, they talked about the importance of being tolerant and enabling representatives of all faiths to live in peace.
The opening ceremony was also attended by members of the Buddhist community of the capital and numerous guests, including representatives of the Moscow authorities.
The opening of the center was timed to coincide with two holidays – the Day of National Unity and Lhabab Duisen. It is also called the holiday of fire, and it is celebrated on November 10, and is considered one of the main in Buddhism, it is followed by Buddhists of all directions. On this day, the Buddha descended from Tushita’s sky to the earth.
And the grand opening of the center was held in two traditions: secular – cutting a red ribbon and Buddhist – shedding rose petals.
The center is located in the center of the capital on Kalanchevka. It occupies a cozy two-story mansion with an area of 1,500 square meters. There is a meditation room, a library, meeting rooms, a spacious reception hall for guests.
The Center opened its doors not only to practicing Buddhists, but also to the widest circle of people interested in this religion. Here you can get acquainted with culture, unique art, philosophy, rich heritage and spiritual practices of Buddhism.
The Center has already announced a number of thematic lectures, master classes, excursions and film screenings. In November, he will host the capital’s schoolchildren and students who will visit him in the framework of educational programs.
It is expected that the Center will conduct lectures on history, philosophy, art and architecture, as well as film screenings and master classes. For schoolchildren and university students, as noted in the religious organization, educational programs and excursions will be organized within the framework of the “Dialogue of Cultures” project together with the Moscow City Duma, the Ministry of Education and the Government of Moscow.