Buddhism in Russia

Sergei Noskov became acquainted with Buddhism as a child, when he was captivated by the beauty of Buryat Buddhist thangkas and the ritual figurines in his family’s Leningrad apartment.

John Varoli

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“My grandfather was a Communist who was sent to the Siberian republic of Buryatia in the 1930s to bring Communism to the people and build collective farms, but he returned to Leningrad a few years later with great respect for the people and culture, and he brought with him an ethnic Buryat wife and a number of thangkas,” says Noskov, sitting in his apartment, a short walk from St. Petersburg’s only datsan, or Buddhist temple.

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