This buddhist monastery is located not far from Ulan-Ude, a Siberian city. It can be considered the centre of the Russian Buddhism.
The monastery is represented by several temples and plain wooden cottages. Only some architectural details and monks in red cloaks remind you that it is a buddhist place.
Buddhists believe that sutras (buddhist religious texts) written on a piece of paper or cloth and fixed like a flag in the wind can bring luck.
A monk with full pails is a good sign as well.
Stupas for relics storage. Stupas are considered to be magically empowered and capable to bring harmony into our life.
Prayer wheels with mantras inside. If you rotate them you allegedly become happier.
These texts are read during prayers.
Lama’s working place.
This is a campus where about 100 students of the Buddhist university live. Many tourists go to practise to Tibetan monasteries of India where they spend several years.
This stone grants wishes. According to the legend one goddess touched it and left an imprint of her palm on it.
The so-called circle of worship.
“Astrologists do not receive people here”. Yes, many people come to the monastery to know their destiny.
The main temple of the monastery was built in 1976. It looks rather modest – wooden floor, plywood walls, a lot of color cloths and carved wood.
Bread and sugar for the lamas who have maintained long services.
Each animal has its own color.
Lampshades have not been preserved.
Here works the lama.
Many buddhist monks accept death during meditations. They can meditate this way for dozens of years, their bodies do not decompose. Thus, there is a monk in Buryatia whose body has already been undecayed for 81 years.
Here is the body of one lama who died like this. Before enetering one should take his/her shoes off.
Here he is - Dashi-Dorzho Itigilov.
Head of the buddhist traditional sangha of Russia (this very monastery) near his residence.
Come for some magic, harmony and inspiration to Ulan Ude, the Ivolginsky Datsan – the monastery for buddhists.
Location: Ulan-Ude, Buryatia