Ivolginsky Datsan (Monastery) - Buryatia Russia / March 2018
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Today around 1 million Buddhists in Russia, mainly in the republics of Buryatia, Kalmykia and Tuva.
The main form of Buddhism in Russia is the Gelukpa school of the Tibetan Buddhism. Siberia’s largest Buddhist monastery and learning centre is the Ivolginsky Datsan near Ulan-Ude in Buryatia. The construction began soon after World War II, during the tenure of Stalin, when authorities offered a small plot of land near the village of Verkhnyaya Ivolga, and a prosperous Buryat family gave their own house to serve as a temple.
Today, this is the most revered monument of architecture and culture in Buryatia, comprising 10 temples, a university building, a museum, a guesthouse, an open-air cage with roe bucks and a greenhouse with a ‘Bodhi’ tree, which is sacred for Buddhists, because the ‘Buddha’ attained salvation or ‘nirvana’ under such a tree. .