The Treasury of Lives

Oleg Bor, 2017, CC BY-SA 4.0

Ivolginsky Datsan is a Geluk Buddhist temple in the Republic of Buryatia, Russia. It was founded in either 1945 or 1946 (sources differ) with governmental and community support after a period of harsh religious repression in th 1930s. It housed Central Spiritual Administration of Buddhists of the Russian Federation and is considered a major center of Buddhist learning and practice in Russia.


Bělka, L., 1994. The restoration of Buryat Buddhism: some notes about monasteries, pp. 99-101.

Quijada, Justine B. Buddhists, Shamans, and Soviets: Rituals of History in Post-Soviet Buryatia. United States: Oxford University Press, 2019, pp. 112-119.


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