Buddhism in Russia: challenges and choices in the post-Soviet period

  title={Buddhism in Russia: challenges and choices in the post-Soviet period},
  author={Edward C. Holland},
  journal={Religion, State \& Society},
  pages={389 - 402}
  • E. Holland
  • Published 2 October 2014
  • Sociology
  • Religion, State & Society
This paper considers the position of Buddhism in contemporary Russia, with a focus on the three national republics where Buddhism is historically practised: Kalmykia, Buryatia and Tuva. I provide a brief overview of the history of Buddhism in each of the three regions. Turning to the current situation, I then review religion–state and intrafaith relations within Russia’s Buddhist republics. Of particular interest are the politics surrounding the pastoral visits of the 14th Dalai Lama to Russia… 
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