In the Soviet Union the exiled Dalai Lama of Tibet this week (June spent two days in and around Moscow before going to Ulan Bator, the capital of the Mongolian People's Republic, to open an International Buddhist Conference.
In the Soviet Union the exiled Dalai Lama of Tibet this week (June spent two days in and around Moscow before going to Ulan Bator, the capital of the Mongolian People's Republic, to open an International Buddhist Conference. Until the Chinese Communist takeover of Tibet in 1959, the Dalai Lama was the country's spiritual and temporal leader. He is the head of the Gelugpa or 'Yellow Hat' school of Tibetan Buddhism.
SYNOPSIS: During his brief stay, the Dalai Lama went to Zagorsk, a town near Moscow, home of the World-famous Troitsko- Sergievskaya Lavra, a museum of history and the arts.
The museum consists of an immense complex of churches and chapels, surrounded by a great stone wall. The Lavra is the centre of the Russian Orthodox Church, whose leader resides thee, and it also contains the largest monastery still functioning inside the Soviet Union.
While here, the Dalai Lama attended a church service and was shown a number of Russian architectural monuments, plus a collection of ancient icons. He also visited the Theological Academy, and spoke with its Rector and Archbishop.
The Russian Orthodox Church suffered violent persecutions in the wake of the revolution of 117, and there are still limitations o the religious activities of all Eastern Orthodox Churches in the Socialist states of the Balkans. Millions of the Russian Orthodox faithful, however, still crowd into the few churches that remain open, although the church is deprived of the means for educational, missionary and intellectual development.
For the past twenty years, the Dalai Lama has been living in Dharmsala, a northern Indian village not far from the Tibetan border.