NAY PYI TAW September 9
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 Republic of Buryatia via the Ignatyevo International Airport of Blagoveshchensk in Amur State of the Russian Federation this 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 Aleksey Sambuyevich Tsydenov explained interior and exterior upgrade of the helicopter developed his Republic and capacity to the Senior General who asked further information.
On arrival at Ivolginsky Dastan Buddhist Temple, Lama of Mahayana Buddhism Damba Bandmaeich Ayusheev and members of the Sangha welcomed the Senior General and party and explained religious measures of the Buddhism in the temple.
The Senior General and party paid homage to the remains of 12th Lama and listened to efforts for 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 propagation and flourishing of the Buddhism in the Russian Federation, pleasures of members of the Sangha from Ivolginsky Dastan Buddhist Temple for preservation of ancient temples and stupas in original works and for flourishing of Buddhism culture in all areas on their missionary to Myanmar. The Lama said the first building of Shwezigon replica pagoda in Ethnomir world cultural city of Kaluga in Moscow was for the first time of the Buddhist pagoda in the Russian Federation, contributing to propagation of the Buddhism.
After listening to the speech of the Lama, the Senior General supplicated freedom of belief for other religions in Myanmar where the Buddhism is the religion for the majority of the People, maintenance and preservation for religious edifices, efforts for building the Maravijaya Buddha image which would be the highest marblecarved Buddha image in the Buddha Park in Dekkhianathiri 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 flourishing of Buddhism of delegation members to the Lama who returned Dhamma gifts.
The Ivolginsky Dastan Buddhist Temple located near Verkhnyaya Ivolga Village in Buryatia region, 23 kilometres of 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.