Lay in a course for #15 — Ivolginsky datsan
In Ivolginsky datsan call all who by fate in Buryatia, because it is considered the center of Russian Buddhism.» The datsan is located on the outskirts of the village of Verkhnyaya Ivolga, 70 km from the capital of Buryatia, Ulan-Ude, where in the village mini-bus at affordable price. In the village you’ll have to transfer to another minibus (without rooms), which will take you straight to the temple.
Contrary to popular belief, the temple is not a temple. It’s a Buddhist monastery, which (not always) also operates a Buddhist University. The lesson here lasts from early morning until nine in the evening, in five years, students receive the title of Lama, a spiritual teacher. Gifted of them go to continue their education in India, where still in school for sixteen years.
If you’re going to explore the temple independently, then nothing will, so we urge you to take a tour. Moreover, it is inexpensive — only 150 rubles per person. Circulation on the territory of datsan you will not get tired, because it lasts long, but is filled with numerous ritual actions: tourists bypass the territory of the datsan in the course of the sun, turn the prayer wheels, photographed against the backdrop of the local beauty and buy Souvenirs.
If, despite our advice, you want to come here in itself, the main thing — not to drop a clanger and know the basic rules of behavior. To the temple are a three-part gate. The middle (largest) segment is only open on holidays. To enter the territory going through the left gate and continue viewing from left to right in the course of the sun. On the territory of the Ivolginsky datsan cameras are not allowed and visitors have to refrain from Smoking and the Mat and not to throw garbage in General, and on the streets. In addition, there is not recommended to cross arms and legs, turn your back to Buddha statues and show them the finger. The rules are quite affordable, for inappropriate attire peace-loving Buddhists from the temple you will not drive.
Ivolginsky datsan was given the unofficial title of the Russian centre of Buddhism, since this is the first official Buddhist temple in the territory of our country. It was built in 1945 to give back to the local believers for collected for the war funds. In the Ivolginsky datsan is kept imperishable body of Lama Dashi Dorzho Itigelov. The Lama went to Nirvana while meditating in 1927 — and his incorrupt body still sits in the Lotus position. The scientific explanation for this phenomenon until today have not managed to find the incorruptibility of the body — a very rare occurrence even in the eyes of believers. The body is kept in the Palace, recreated in 2008 by the photos Dugan, built in the beginning of the century. It is noteworthy that it was built with the participation of Dashi Dorzho Itigelov. The incorrupt body of Teachers can be seen only eight times a year, in the days of the main Buddhist holidays, when it is transferred into the main temple. After the cedar chest with the body dug up out of the ground (and it happened 75 years after the burial) at the will of the Lama, his body was pulled out of the box and since then kept as the main relic of Russian Buddhists.
The local lamas wear red robes and amaze with their hospitality and friendliness. At the local University they study both medicine and philosophy, and iconography, so I can give advice about health and treatment or to interpret the horoscope (to those who believe in astrology). If you don’t mind to learn, every weekend afternoon at the University lectures on Buddhism for anyone who wants to learn a little more about it.
When the temple work for as many as ten churches, a summer hotel, a greenhouse with a sacred Bodhi tree (according to legend, under this tree, Gautama Buddha received enlightenment), and open-air cages with deer. Thanks to the local landscapes, trees, twined with bright ribbons ritual, and views of the foothills of the Khamar-Daban, the place is really unique. Who would have thought that in our country there are peace and live the Buddhist tradition? Even if the question of religion will leave you indifferent, you still have to visit this serene land. Time there almost freezes, I can’t believe the amazing silence, and the air is so tasty and thick, which the city dweller never smelled — not to mention to breathe. At the same time enjoy the local cuisine, the main dish of the poses (Yes, Siberia and Buryatia sign «Hot items» is the norm, these are found on the main streets of towns and suburbs and no one laugh). Outside is a dumpling-giant, which is preparing for a couple. Will appeal to those who like manta rays and khinkali and able to distinguish one from the other, and also to explain these differences are less discerning palate.