Zoya from New York about Kalmykia
The Golden Abode of Buddha Shakyamuni.
The Golden Abode of Buddha Shakyamuni can be seen from everywhere in Elista, regardless of somebody’s location and distance. His Holiness the Dalai Lama IV himself has chosen and blessed the site for its erection. Its grandiose white Read the rest of this entry »Tags: Dalai lama, deportation, Elista, genocide, Golden Abode of Buddha Shakyamuni, Kalmyk history, Kalmykia, New York
Larisa (November, 2009): Actually, Kalmykia, I think, a real paradise for tourists. Many opportunities for practically all kinds of activities.
We are especially impressed with their originality capital of Kalmykia – Elista. In contrast to the cities of Central Russia, Elista completely impregnated with religious culture.
Wherever I look, whether it be bus stops, trading tents, recreational facilities – everywhere there are elements of Buddhism.
(Translated from Russian: Sandji Bouvaev)
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After living for years in a marriage, the couple could not have a baby. Read the rest of this entry »Tags: baby, Dead sea of Kalmykia, Kalmykia, marriage, Moscow, treatment, Valentina Erendzhenova, Vladimir Naminov, Yashalta
[ Ru ] Today, April 22, 2013, the Head of Kalmykia Alexei Orlov met with businessmen from China. For the first time in Kalmykia Chinese businessmen have visited in the past year. Last year, Chinese businessmen wanted to see firsthand how the Kalmyks are living in Russia. Read the rest of this entry »Tags: Alexey Orlov, China, China businessmen, chinese delegation, Elista, investors, Kalmykia, Russia
Professor from St. Petersburg Svetlana Makhlina about Buddhism, kalmyk culture, ritual dances and temples
Buddhism – historically the first world religion. And yet, as Borges said, is “the most widespread religion in the world”. In Russia, the earliest penetration of Buddhism was characteristic of the Kalmyk people, who took more than 400 years ago.
Kalmyk culture germinated on the unique cultural soil elyutov who lived in a colorful country where the vast steppes “stretched white, happiness, koshmovye tent noble Noyon and zaisangs, but black as a bitter fate, tents commoners – albatu, ketchinerov and shabinerov”. Read the rest of this entry »Tags: Avalokiteshvara, Buddha, Buddhist culture, deportation, Djangar, Dusseldorf, Elista, Epos Djangar, Gandzhur, Graz, Innsbruck, Kalmyk culture, Kalmyk folklore, Kalmykia, Leipzig, Nicholas Galushkin, Padmasambhava, Saint Petersburg, Scarlet Lion, Siberia, Tibetan monks, Tsam mystery, Vienna, Vladimir Gilyandikov, Vladimir Vaskin, Wiesbaden
Topic of my discussion is about me, because I have unusual life story.
My name is Olga. My family is good and successful; my parents brought me up as a kind, helpful and clever girl. At school I always studied hard and my mother took me to different societies: to art school, to the center for talented children for learning English and computer classes, bell dances. To tell the truth, I felt myself as a “blue stocking”, I had no private life and friends, but after finishing school my life abruptly changed. Read the rest of this entry »Tags: blue stocking, chess, Chess city, China, Elista, girls, Indian dances, kalmyk tea, Kalmykia, Ketchenery, Kirsan Ilyumzhinov, language practice, language practice in China, President of Kalmykia, Russia, songs, students, studio Pelicon, The Celestial Empire, topic, TV
Russian politician Irina Khakamada: Cheerful small nation
East – a delicate matter. This is common knowledge. But one thing – to talk about it, and quite another – encounter this subtlety in life.
Kalmykia amazed me. After arriving flying in Elista, I came to the country untouched democracy. Such a quietand kind, peaceful Khanate. Little virgin island in the vast sea of unbridled, it is not regulated Russian democracy. Read the rest of this entry »Tags: cargo port, Chess city, ecological situation, Elista, fly to Elista, folk groups, foreign tourists, geographical position, Irina Khakamada, Kalmyk Khanate, Kalmykia, Russian politicians, Visit to Kalmykia
Photo exhibition “The hidden Republic – Pictures from Kalmykia” was opened in Denmark. Kasper Boye told about Kalmykia.
Kalmykia is Europe’s only Buddhist nation. It is located on the North Caucasus – with almost equidistant to the Black Sea in the west, the Caspian Sea in the east, Volgograd (formerly Stalingrad) in the north and the conflict-ravaged Chechnya in the south.
Kalmykia is a republic in the Russian Federation. They have their own parliament, but the political leader appointed from Moscow.
Ethnic kalmyks up more than half of the population (the rest are Russians, kasakher, etc..). They are descendants of the Mongol tribe Oirat that early in the 1600s crossed the Urals to ravage and rule on the Caucasian plains. Tribe made a pact with Peter the Great, who offered them freedom – and guns – on the use of their Mongol steel and horses in the defense of southern borders of Russian Empire. Read the rest of this entry »Tags: Black sea, Caspian sea, Chess city, Chuck Norris, Denmark, history, investors, Kalmyk history, Kalmykia, Khrushchev, Kirsan Ilyumzhinov, Moscow, Muammar Gaddafi, Peter the Great, Russia, Russian empire, Russian Federation, Saddam Hussein, Stalin, Steven Seagal, Volgograd
In late October Kasper Boye, Sune Gjerding and Maj Jeanne traveled to Kalmykia (Russia) to document this small republic, said representative of International department of KalmykiaTour company to KalmykiaNews agency.
We have now returned mystified by a country providing more questions than answers. A place where people seem to have lost their innocence despite their incomprehensible story where the main dynamometer cityscape made up of equal parts of Buddhist monuments, the KGB buildings and chess-pieces-board-enthusiasm. Read the rest of this entry »Tags: answers, Buddhist monuments, Copenhagen, Denmark, Elista, exhibition, Hidden Republic, Kalmykia, KGB, monuments, oil, personalized travel, photos, questions, Russia, small republic, travel, VESS, Vesterbro Showroom
The trip was very exciting and interesting. I never thought that such an unusual city as Elista is so close to Volgograd. Elista is different from all the cities in the country by its eastern atmosphere. As if you find yourself in the eastern dragon tale with pagodas …
In general, Kalmykia, I think, a real paradise for tourists. There are many opportunities for almost any type of vacation.
We were particularly impressed by their originality capital of Kalmykia – Elista. Unlike the cities of Central Russia, Elista is fully saturated with religious culture. Wherever I look – everywhere there are elements of Buddhism. Read the rest of this entry »Tags: Buddhism, Egypt, Elista, independent travel, Kalmykia, khurul, Little China, Ministry of Sports Tourism and Youth Policy, potential for tourism, religious culture, Russia, steppe, T-shirts, Tourism in Europe, Tourism in Kalmykia, travel to Russia, trip, trip to Elista, trip to Kalmykia, Visit to Kalmykia, Volgograd
Foreign tourists have come to Elista driving BMW motorcycles. On 9 of June the city of Elista (Kalmykia) has been visited by the foreign tourists with BMW motorcycles Hannes Grundner and Karola Kien both coming from Vienna (Austria), says the Kalmyk information and tourist centre “www.Kalmykia.eu”.
In the blessed Elista, he Austrian tourists Hannes Grundner and Karola Kien had been met by the official Kalmyk representatives from the companies KalmykiaTour and KalmykiaNews.
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Stephan Werner. Story of a tourist from Germany
2012-05-03 > 142km. 412hm / sunny 27°C – 32°C / Ø18km/h / pedaling time 8:00hrs / elevation 133m, today passed 1000km mark since Simferopol (day 9) For some unknown reason, this morning I received a lot of gifts, whenever I stopped to ask for directions or just looking at things, mostly women gave me apples or sweets and wished me a safe trip. Russians are truly very friendly people.
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Arriving in Elista, leaving their belongings in the hotel and went to see khurul (temple). Upon entering the courtyard my breath, the dream has come true, I’m on the verge of khurul! The building is magnificent and very beautiful.
Khurul (temple) walked around, turning the drums and looking around the yard. The soul rejoices! After visiting the monastery, there was a feeling that all the dear, kind of like back home. Sitting at prayer service, Read the rest of this entry »Tags: astrologer, Chess city, Elista, excursion, Kalmyk monks, khurul, letters, meditation, meditative state, museums, prayer service, read the mantra, trip, trip to Elista, trip to Kalmykia
An interview with globe-trotting chess promoter, former president, and freelance diplomat Kirsan Ilyumzhinov.
INTERVIEW BY JOSHUA E. KEATING. MAY 9, 2012
Kirsan Ilyumzhinov garners an awful lot of press for the president of the World Chess Federation. But he’s not exactly your average chess buff. From 1993 to 2010, he was president of the Russian republic of Kalmykia and became known for his efforts to transform the remote Buddhist region into an international chess mecca as well as for his frank comments about an encounter with aliens he claims to have had in 1997. (He was also widely criticized for his autocratic rule over the impoverished republic.) Read the rest of this entry »Tags: Anatoly Sobchak, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Bill Clinton, Boris Yeltsin, chess, Chess city, Chicago, China, Dalai lama, Damascus, Dharamsala, Elista, FIDE, France, Hollywood, Hollywood stars, India, interview, Japan, Jimmy Carter, John Paul II, Kalmykia, Kirsan Ilyumzhinov, Kofi Annan, Libya, Mikhail Gorbachev, Moscow, Muammar Gaddafi, President of Kalmykia, Russia, Saddam Hussein, Saint Petersburg, Steven Seagal, Syria, visa, Vladimir Putin, World Chess Federation
“I am grateful that I exist in this world” – US-born Kalmyk Supreme Lama.
It is important not to give up hope, the sun is always going to shine tomorrow and there is always a brighter future, teaches Supreme Lama of Kalmykia Telo Tulku Rinpoche, born in America and preaching in Kalmykia. Read the rest of this entry »Tags: Buddhism, Buddhism in Europe, Buddhism in Russia, buddhist films, Elista, films, Kalmykia, Supreme Lama, Telo Tulku Rinpoche