Hundreds of Buddhists from Russia and its neghbouring countries are currently in Dharamsala to attend His Holiness the Dalai Lama's three-day teachings and Buddhist initiation.
Some 750 Buddhists from Russia, including Republics of Kalmykia, Buryatia and Tuva, and Mongolia, Armenia, Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan attended the first day teachings of the Dalai Lama here today at the Main Tibetan Temple. Of them, the majority of the attendees were devotees from Russia, Buryatia and Kalmykia.
About 750 Buddhists from former Soviet states like Kalmykia, Buryatia, Tuva, Russia, Mongolia, Armenia, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan attended the teaching. Devotees from Russia, Buryatia and Kalmykia, where Buddhists are mostly concentrated. Also among the devotees are a large number of foreigners from about fifty different countries. More than a thousand monks and nuns, and hundreds of layman are also taking part in the three-day teaching and initiation.
Some information for this report was provided by Phayul and TibetNet.