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Old November 3rd 05, 10:50 PM
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Europe's highest monument to Buddha will be erected in Elista, the capital
of Russia's southwestern republic of Kalmykia, where most of the indigenous
population are practicing Buddhists, Nezavisimaya Gazeta daily reported.

The 9-meter statue of Prince Siddhartha Gautama, designed by architect
Vladimir Vaskin, will be mounted in the European Buddhism Center in Elista
that is due to open on Dec. 26. The new temple complex, painted by Nepalese
artists, is to welcome the first faithful in spring 2006. Indian and
Nepalese sculptors will make statues of 17 Buddhist saints.

The Dalai Lama himself consecrated the site of the future church complex
during his visit to Kalmykia last year. The local government invited him to
participate in the opening ceremony of the European Buddhism Center, but the
Buddhist leader is reportedly only going to attend when the temple is built.

Reports Mosnews. One hope the Asian gent doesn't have to stare at Lenin's
tomb for all eternity. Phil Innes


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Old November 4th 05, 08:32 AM
Alan OBrien
 
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Europe's highest monument to Buddha will be erected in Elista, the capital
of Russia's southwestern republic of Kalmykia, where most of the
indigenous population are practicing Buddhists, Nezavisimaya Gazeta daily
reported.

The 9-meter statue of Prince Siddhartha Gautama, designed by architect
Vladimir Vaskin, will be mounted in the European Buddhism Center in Elista
that is due to open on Dec. 26. The new temple complex, painted by
Nepalese artists, is to welcome the first faithful in spring 2006. Indian
and Nepalese sculptors will make statues of 17 Buddhist saints.

The Dalai Lama himself consecrated the site of the future church complex
during his visit to Kalmykia last year. The local government invited him
to participate in the opening ceremony of the European Buddhism Center,
but the Buddhist leader is reportedly only going to attend when the temple
is built.

Reports Mosnews. One hope the Asian gent doesn't have to stare at Lenin's
tomb for all eternity. Phil Innes


Thanks. It's an unusual trivia question; What is the only Buddhist state in
Europe? I think Kalmykia is just about in Europe, as it is within the line
made by the Urals.


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