Ivolginsky Datsan - Centre of Russian Buddhism

05.07.2012

Duration 3 hours
Cost Per request

Ivolginski  datsan (monastery) is located on plentiful land of Ivolga valley, which has an ancient history, wonderful monuments of culture and nature. The monastery is famous far beyond the borders of Buryatia. Numerous guests from other countries and regions of Russia certainly want to visit it whilst staying in Ulan-Ude.

Nowadays Ivolginski datsan is a monastery complex and the residence of Russia's Buddhists Head whose title sounds like Pandito Hambo Lama. There is also a small greenhouse with the tree of Bodhi which grows all year round thanks to the care of lamas. One of Russia Buddhist shrines is also located here in the Itigel Hambyn Ordon - the Palace of Dashi-Dorzho Itigelov. 


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Vocabulary

  • TSAM (from Mongolian, Tib. Cham, Bur. Himself) - a solemn religious service performed annually in the open air in the Buddhist monasteries (datsans)...
  • ITIGELOV XII Pandito-Khambo Lama Dashi- Dorzho Itigelov (1852 (?) -1927) - Buryat religious figure, one of the great Buddhist monks of the XX c...
  • BOOKHLER simple soup with a large piece of meat on the bone and potatoes ; very nutritional and extremely popular. Local people prefer to add salt and black pe...
  • EKHOR Buryat folk circle dance similar to Russian khorovod. It is a group dance, where people move holding hands, swaying and singing, making at the same ti...
  • SANGHA the name of the Buddhist community. This term may be used to refer to a religious fraternity as a whole.