July 12 (Russia Watch): As Russia’s Buddhist population is steadily expanding, visa requests for the Dalai Lama keep coming. On a five day visit to Buryatia in early July, I got the same, unflinching view from Buddhists: we want the Dalai Lama to come and visit us.
At one prayer hall, a nun, Tenzin Choidrin, said that a price cannot be put on the role of the Dalai Lama for the rebirth of Buddhism in Russia. His visit, she said, would be like water, which is needed by parched, sunbaked soil.
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