Myanmar high-level delegation led by SAC Chairman Prime Minister Senior General Min Aung Hlaing arrives in Ulan-Ude of Republic of Buryatia, visits Ivolginsky Dastan Buddhist Temple

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The Senior General pays homage at the Ivolginsky Dastan Buddhist Temple.

The Myanmar high-level delegation led by Chairman of the State Administration Council Prime Minister Senior General Min Aung Hlaing arrived at Baikal Airport in Ulan-Ude of the Republic of Buryatia via the Ignatyevo International Airport of Blagoveshchensk in Amur State of the Russian Federation yesterday afternoon and was welcomed by Head of Government of the Republic of Buryatia Aleksey Sambuyevich Tsydenov and officials.
At the airport, Head of Government of the Republic of Buryatia Mr Aleksey Sambuyevich Tsydenov explained the interior and exterior upgrade of the helicopter developed by his Republic and capacity to the Senior General who asked for further information.
On arrival at the Ivolginsky Dastan Buddhist Temple, Pandito Khambo Lama of Mahayana Buddhism Damba Bandmaeich Ayusheev and members of the Sangha welcomed the Senior General and party and explained the religious measures of the Buddhism in the temple.
The Senior General and party paid homage to the remains of the 12th Lama and listened to efforts for the propagation of the Sasana explained by the current Lama.
The Senior General and party were hosted a tea party by Lama Damba Bandmaeich Ayusheev and venerable Sangha members at the parlour of the temple.
The Lama explained the propagation and flourishing of Buddhism in the Russian Federation, the pleasures of members of the Sangha from the Ivolginsky Dastan Buddhist Temple for preserving ancient temples and stupas in original works and for the flourishing of Buddhism culture in all areas during their missionary to Myanmar. The Lama said the first building of the Shwezigon replica pagoda in the Ethnomir world cultural city of Kaluga in Moscow was for the first time of Buddhist pagoda in the Russian Federation, contributing to the propagation of Buddhism.
After listening to the speech of the Lama, the Senior General supplicated freedom of belief for other religions in Myanmar where Buddhism is the religion for the majority of the People, maintenance and preservation of religious edifices, efforts for building the Maravijaya Buddha image which would be the highest marble-carved Buddha image in the Buddha Park in Dekkhinathiri Township of Nay Pyi Taw, and progress of carving the Buddha’s teachings on the stone plaques in Pali and Romanize language with the use of modern machinery so as to build the stone plaque chamber Cetis.
The Senior General presented Buddha images and collective donated cash for the flourishing of Buddhism of delegation members to the Lama who returned Dhamma gifts.
The Ivolginsky Dastan Buddhist Temple located near Verkhnyaya Ivolga Village in the Buryatia region, 23 kilometres from Ulan-Ude city, was established in 1945. In the past, the temple was the base of the Central Spiritual Board of Buddhists of the USSR. Later, it has been used for Sangha organizations in Russia. The site is a headquarters of Buddhists in Russia as well as the site for Buddhism professions and training. — MNA

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