After the October Revolution, the new Soviet state destroyed the Buddhist culture of Buryats, the spiritual values created and accumulated over centuries being erased in a short period of time. Nevertheless, in 1945 was open the first Buddhist spiritual centre in Soviet Union, Ivolga Datsan, located near Verkhnyaya Ivolga village, at 23 km from Ulan-Ude (in the postcard). In the course of time the little Khambin's sume changed into the Monastic centre with a residence of Pandido Khambo lama, the leader of all Russian Lamas. Its spiritual activity is manifested in temple rites, medical practice, and Buddhist education traditional system. Buddhist university Dashi Choinkhorling was opened in 1991 attached to the datsan.
In the second image of the postcard is shown the cham dance, a mystical masked and costumed dance associated with some sects of Buddhism, presented to Buddhist festivals. The dance, 1,300 year old, is accompanied by music played by monks using traditional Tibetan instruments. The dances often offer moral instruction relating to compassion for sentient beings and are held to bring merit to all who perceive them. It often depict incidents from the life of Padmasambhava, the 9th century Nyingmapa teacher and other saints.
About the stamp
The stamp is part of a large series issued for XXII Winter Olympics in Sochi 2014, about which I wrote here.
Buddhism in Buryatia - Wikipedia
Ivolginsky Datsan - Wikipedia
Cham - Core of Culture
Cham dance - Wikipedia
sender: Polichev Daniil (direct swap)
sent from Ulan Ude (Republic of Buryatia / Russia), on 21.12.2013