«When no money»: one of the first Buddhists to build the temple in Moscow

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Numerous churches, mosques, synagogues in Moscow today is not only one of the traditional religions of India: Buddhism. Why in the capital of the Buddhists there is still no temple, and where in the near future to wait for his appearance in the material RIA Novosti.

The government decided to allocate land for the construction of a Buddhist temple in the capital in the beginning of the two thousandth, and in two places: on Poklonnaya hill near the existing Orthodox Church, a mosque and a synagogue, and a similar complex in the estate. Since then the Buddhist community years of meditative compete to see who first erected the temple. Surprisingly, the winner in this challenge appeared only now.

Looking for a woman

In both projects the construction of «the first Buddhist temple in Moscow,» a lot in common. First, all the hardships the documentation coordination with authorities and subsequent construction of lay on the fragile shoulders of women. Work on Poklonnaya hill meets the Chairman of the local religious organizations Tatiana Dospak, and for the emergence of the Church in Otradnoye, Chairman of the Moscow community of Buddhists Dulma Shagdarova.

Both women hurried to enlist the support of the Dalai Lama. The spiritual leader of Buddhism has blessed the construction of the temple at the estate in 2004, and on Poklonnaya Gora in 2009.

In addition, both projects are daunting. On Poklonnaya hill Buddhist community was planned to build a large building on the ground floor of which is expected to open a Museum, which will reflect the history of the Buryats, Kalmyks and Tuvinians (the peoples of Russia, traditionally profess Buddhism) in the great Patriotic war. And upstairs will accommodate a altar for veneration by the faithful.

At the estate, in the first place, planned to install «the Pagoda of heaven» — drum prayer, then to build a 13-foot enlightenment Stupa, bearing the benefit of all living beings. The next stage of the work it was decided to build a small temple, and then a large area of 3 thousand square meters. With him the blessing of the Dalai Lama’s Buddhist community is going to organize a cultural center, a library, a Wellness center and a soup kitchen.

Who started it

Delayed registration of documentation for construction began at both communities. However, the national unity Day (4 November) of 2014, the construction at the Poklonnaya hill confidently escaped forward: a Buddhist Lama and a large gathering of the faithful consecrated the first stone in the Foundation of the temple. Then Tatiana Cancion Tospeak confidently marked the period of completion of works: Victory Day 2015.

Behind with the consecration of the laying of the temple, the Buddhists of Welcome announced the opening of Moscow’s first «Pagodas to Paradise». A significant event occurred on 19 February 2015. The rite of consecration prayer drum «Pagoda» came to do two lamas from the Central khurul of Kalmykia. Not left without attention the ceremony and the ambassadors of Myanmar, Sri Lanka, Mongolia and Vietnam, as well as representatives of Russia’s Buddhist regions of Tuva, Kalmykia and Buryatia.

The drum, the faithful were able to gather more than 10 million prayers. It is believed that one rotation of prayer drum with pure thoughts is equivalent to reading aloud are in it millions of mantras. At the household level, the Buddhists believe that rotating the prayer drum protects from diseases, epidemics and helps to defeat the demons and evil spirits.

«What does» Kobzon

Visited Moscow the Supreme Lama of Kalmykia, telo Tulku Rinpoche supported the emergence of the Church on Poklonnaya Gora. While the spiritual leader said that «temples are not built in order to compete with other religious traditions, but to between people prevail understanding.»

However, it soon became clear that Victory Day on Poklonnaya hill, nothing will not be built. «No money again, you need to reconcile documentation to the earth because of changes in legislation,» — throws up his hands Tatiana Canapone. In addition, it was not finally approved the project, which together are architects of Buryatia, Tuva and Kalmykia.

But in may 2015, it became known that after years of delays and coordination with the authorities documentation, construction began in Sochi. A reception in honor of the start of work called for the people’s artist of the USSR Joseph Kobzon. As the first Deputy Chairman of the culture Committee of the state Duma, singer «helps Moscow Buddhist community in all matters of construction,» said RIA Novosti the representative of the Buddhist community.

Lack of money

The most important factor hindering today the construction of the temple on Poklonnaya hill and at the estate – the lack of funding. Several thousand Buddhists Moscow is unable to collect the necessary sum. Tuva, Buryatia and Kalmykia would be happy to help, but also do not have the necessary funds.

All Metropolitan Buddhists were inspired in December of 2016, when, during the big press conference, Russian President Vladimir Putin said he knew about the existence of problems with the Buddhist temples in Moscow, supported the idea of building, and added: «we need to help to do it.»

After that both communities hope that the city authorities will allocate part required for construction amounts, just as they support the construction of Orthodox churches.

The temple to be

Before you ask for help in funding the organizers of the construction at the Poklonnaya hill to finally coordinate the project of the temple. Might not the Church: the community is considering to stay for a more economical version. «Now we are determined: whether a temple or stupa with the Museum part. Decide the issue in conjunction with all the regional spiritual leaders,» he told RIA Novosti, Tatiana Dospak.

And in Otradnoye believers somehow managed to collect money for the erection of a 13 metre Enlightenment stupa. The work has been completed, the Grand opening of the giant stupa will be held on September 16. Visit it and Joseph Kobzon.

The timing of construction Dulma Shagdarova is not talking. But one thing she is sure: the Church in Otradnoye to be.