Kalmyk Cultural Heritage Project (BUDDHIST RITUALS, HOLIDAYS AND PILGRIMAGE)

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Created: 2014-09-03 20:32
Institution: Department of Archaeology and Anthropology
Description: In Kalmykia people celebrate three major holidays, including Tsagan Sar, Ur(s) Sar, and Zul, each considered both national (secular) and religious holidays. On these days, Buddhist temples hold large prayer services, and people celebrate both at the temple and at home. Other celebrations that are on the religious calendar are the ritual of inviting Buddha Maitreya, the ritual of circumventing a temple with Gandzhur and Dandzhur texts, the Dalai Lama’s birthday, and others.

Rituals that combine Buddhist and pre-Buddhist beliefs and which are dedicated to ancestors, local spirits and Buddhist deities constitute seasonal rituals of gal tyalgn (fire rituals), gazr us tyaklgn (rituals dedicated to masters of water and land), usn arshan (rituals performed to secure the rain, good harvest, a successful fishing trip, etc.) and several others.

Among Buddhist rituals the construction of sand mandalas and the dance of tsam stand out in terms of elaboration and visual effects. Both are performed by Tibetan monks who come to Kalmykia for these occasions at the invitation of the Central Temple.

Pilgrimage is an inseparable part of Buddhism. In the past the main destination for Kalmyk pilgrims was Tibet, whereas today many go on a pilgrimage not only to distant places such as India, Mongolia and Buryatia, but to nearby locations, including the Mount Bogdo and Khoshutovskiy Temple, both of which are in the neighboring Astrakhan oblast. In recent years trips to listen to the Dalai Lama’s teachings held in Baltic countries are also becoming popular.
 

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A Ritual to Purify Land for the Construction of a Stupa

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This video is shot at a single poplar tree that grows near the village of Khar-Buluk. This place is considered to be sacred and has eight stupas erected around the tree. In the...

Collection: Kalmyk Cultural Heritage Project (BUDDHIST RITUALS, HOLIDAYS AND PILGRIMAGE)

Institution: Department of Archaeology and Anthropology

Created: Fri 25 Sep 2015


Andrei Terentev, About Buddhism in Russia

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Andrei Terentev, a prominent Russian historian of Buddhism, talks about Buddhism in the Soviet Union and its revival in today's Russia.

Collection: Kalmyk Cultural Heritage Project (BUDDHIST RITUALS, HOLIDAYS AND PILGRIMAGE)

Institution: Department of Archaeology and Anthropology

Created: Mon 30 Oct 2017


Aysa Okonova, About the Dalai Lama's Teachings in Riga

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Aysa is a volunteer at the Central Temple in Elista, Kalmykia, and works for the charitable fund Buyn which helps poor families with many children. Aysa participated in the...

Collection: Kalmyk Cultural Heritage Project (BUDDHIST RITUALS, HOLIDAYS AND PILGRIMAGE)

Institution: Department of Archaeology and Anthropology

Created: Wed 25 Oct 2017


Badma Narmaev, A Legend About the Bogdo Uul Mountain

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Bogdo Uul is situated near lake Baskunchak in Akhtubinsky rayon of Astrakhan’ oblast. There are several versions of the legend about the mountain. A version that Badma recounts is...

Collection: Kalmyk Cultural Heritage Project (BUDDHIST RITUALS, HOLIDAYS AND PILGRIMAGE)

Institution: Department of Archaeology and Anthropology

Created: Wed 28 Sep 2016


Baira Armanova, About the Dalai Lama's Teachings

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Baira has been to the Dalai Lama’s teachings in Riga twice. She says that these teachings are a joyful event for every Buddhist. Although she did not understand the previous...

Collection: Kalmyk Cultural Heritage Project (BUDDHIST RITUALS, HOLIDAYS AND PILGRIMAGE)

Institution: Department of Archaeology and Anthropology

Created: Wed 25 Oct 2017


Baterdene Muchkaev, About the Dalai Lama's Teachings in Riga

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Baterdene, a volunteer at the Central Temple in Elista, talks about his experience of attending the Dalai Lama's teachings in Riga in September 2017.

Collection: Kalmyk Cultural Heritage Project (BUDDHIST RITUALS, HOLIDAYS AND PILGRIMAGE)

Institution: Department of Archaeology and Anthropology

Created: Mon 30 Oct 2017


Batyr Elistaev, A Daily Prayer to Deity Protectors

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Lama Batyr explains that solka is a practice of the defenders of Dharma aimed at defending the teachings of Buddha so that evil does not influence the hearts of the pious. During...

Collection: Kalmyk Cultural Heritage Project (BUDDHIST RITUALS, HOLIDAYS AND PILGRIMAGE)

Institution: Department of Archaeology and Anthropology

Created: Wed 29 Apr 2015


Batyr Elistaev, A Mandala Offering

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Lama Batyr talks about mandala offerings to Green Tara, a deity that symbolizes emptiness. He says that the mandala (a Buddhist pattern) represents the universe and that Meru...

Collection: Kalmyk Cultural Heritage Project (BUDDHIST RITUALS, HOLIDAYS AND PILGRIMAGE)

Institution: Department of Archaeology and Anthropology

Created: Mon 15 Jun 2015


Batyr Elistaev, A Morning Prayer

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Lama Batyr explains that a morning practice called sang is connected with the worship of the lineage of Buddhist teachers. It is performed early in the morning and has two aims –...

Collection: Kalmyk Cultural Heritage Project (BUDDHIST RITUALS, HOLIDAYS AND PILGRIMAGE)

Institution: Department of Archaeology and Anthropology

Created: Wed 29 Apr 2015


Batyr Elistaev, About Buddhist Holidays

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Lama Batyr says that the ritual of gal tyalgn (fire offering) is performed in spring during the month of the mouse, according to the lunar calendar. During this time, the spirits...

Collection: Kalmyk Cultural Heritage Project (BUDDHIST RITUALS, HOLIDAYS AND PILGRIMAGE)

Institution: Department of Archaeology and Anthropology

Created: Mon 15 Jun 2015


Boris Shurganov, About the Dalai Lama's Teachings

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In 2012 Boris travelled to India with the aim to attend the Dalai Lama’s teachings in Bodh Gaya and visit sacred sites. Following the trip, he started to understand the importance...

Collection: Kalmyk Cultural Heritage Project (BUDDHIST RITUALS, HOLIDAYS AND PILGRIMAGE)

Institution: Department of Archaeology and Anthropology

Created: Fri 20 Oct 2017


Dalai Lama in Riga, 2017: Day 1

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The Dalai Lama gave teachings on “Stages of Meditation” and “Concise Lamrim” in Riga, Latvia, from 23 to 25 September 2017. This video shows the first day of the teachings at the...

Collection: Kalmyk Cultural Heritage Project (BUDDHIST RITUALS, HOLIDAYS AND PILGRIMAGE)

Institution: Department of Archaeology and Anthropology

Created: Thu 26 Oct 2017


Dalai Lama in Riga, 2017: Day 2

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The Dalai Lama gave teachings on “Stages of Meditation” and “Concise Lamrim” in Riga, Latvia, from 23 to 25 September 2017. This video shows extracts from the second day of the...

Collection: Kalmyk Cultural Heritage Project (BUDDHIST RITUALS, HOLIDAYS AND PILGRIMAGE)

Institution: Department of Archaeology and Anthropology

Created: Thu 26 Oct 2017


Dalai Lama in Riga, 2017: Day 3

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The Dalai Lama gave teachings on “Stages of Meditation” and “Concise Lamrim” in Riga, Latvia, from 23 to 25 September 2017. This video shows extracts from the third day of the...

Collection: Kalmyk Cultural Heritage Project (BUDDHIST RITUALS, HOLIDAYS AND PILGRIMAGE)

Institution: Department of Archaeology and Anthropology

Created: Mon 13 Nov 2017


Dalai Lama in Riga, 2017: Preparation

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The Dalai Lama gave teachings on “Stages of Meditation” and “Concise Lamrim” in Riga, Latvia, from 23 to 25 September 2017. This video features preparation works carried out at...

Collection: Kalmyk Cultural Heritage Project (BUDDHIST RITUALS, HOLIDAYS AND PILGRIMAGE)

Institution: Department of Archaeology and Anthropology

Created: Thu 26 Oct 2017


Dela Leybovich, About the Dalai Lama's Teachings in Riga

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Dela is originally from Kalmykia. Today she lives in New Jersey. She works on a project called Blue Book. After moving to the United States, she had the opportunity to attend the...

Collection: Kalmyk Cultural Heritage Project (BUDDHIST RITUALS, HOLIDAYS AND PILGRIMAGE)

Institution: Department of Archaeology and Anthropology

Created: Fri 26 Jan 2018


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