Friday, August 31, 2007

President of Kalmykia: Dharma Protector

I think we should recognize the President of the Republic of Kalmykia, Kirsan Ilyumzhinov, for having the courage of his convictions, and overtly accepting H.H. the Dalai Lama as his spiritual guide. He is the leader of the only Buddhist nation in Europe, and as such, deserves the Sangha's guidance and support. Kalmykia is one of the poorest nations in the world, and is therefore all the more worthy of our special attention. It would be my hope to visit there someday. Below is a photograph of the "Golden Temple" in Kalmykia's leading city.

The other thing I like to see is the spiritual head of Kalmykia, Telo Rinpoche: born in Philadelphia, as it happened, and frequent resident of Colorado.

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