Dharamshala to host Mongolian and Russian Buddhist festival from November 6

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Troupes from Mongolia and Russian Republics of Kalmykia, Tuva and Buryatia are jointly organizing a grand Buddhist festival in Dharamshala from 6 to 10 November.

A large contingent of official dignitaries and media delegation from the Mongolia and Russian Republics of Kalmykia, Tuva and Buryatia are expected to attend the 5-day Buddhist festival being organized by these countries first time in Dharamshala, the abode of Tibetans in exile.

The festival will start with a Mongolian and Russian Buddhists art exhibition at the Tibet Museum of the Department of Information and International Relations, according to Telo Rinpoche, spiritual head of the Buddhists in Russian republics Kalmykia.

Addressing media persons this morning, he said, “We the Buddhists of Mongolia and Russian Buddhists are offering a long life prayer to His Holiness the Dalai Lama on 10 November.”

He said, “the Dalai Lama has become very popular all around the world, as we know recently, after receiving the US Congressional Gold Medal, presidents and prime ministers of many states and government are meeting His Holiness in public.” He added, “It is a big victory not only for the Tibetan people, but for the Mongolians and Buddhists in Russia and Buddhists all over the world.”

He said, “Dalai Lama is not only the spiritual leader of Tibetan people, but he is also leader of the Buddhists in Mongolia and Russia as well,” adding, “Our relationship did not started in just 15 to 20 years.

He said, “The idea of bringing dance troupes to present cultural performances and organize art exhibition is to provide people coming from all the world with an educational experience and to learn the connections between Tibetans and Russian republics of Kalmykia, Tuva and Buryatia.”

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