Gen. Buddhist monastery in the Urals
• Life of a Buddhist monastery in the Urals
In the Urals this year for a long time there was no snow, he fell three days before my arrival. Because of this, we are not moved by Eburga, as planned, as many of the river has not frozen, and from the tourist center in the area. But before that, we spent the night in a monastery.
From the road to the Buddhist complex it had to go 6 kilometers on foot. At first, I strained it, but then I figured that the usual rate I will go for an hour. Well, nothing, I thought, for a walk in the cold. And then it turned out that the monastery is located at an altitude of 600 meters - it is strained more, but it was too late to give up ...
"Ascent" to the monastery of the village began to Kasyan
In the beginning, I saw a path not of the snowmobile, not by car. Later I learned that it is the traces of sledge: there are dogs in the monastery, where novices climb the mountain products and different belongings. Locals sometimes leave something in the snow, and then the guys pick it up along the way.
With me were a few people, including Lamu dokshity, abbot Shad TChUP Ling. He was returning from Yekaterinburg, where the treated teeth. The whole company rose quite briskly, and, soon, we are lagging behind. Rather, I am. Firstly, it was very difficult to walk, and secondly, not used to the cold and I quickly tired. Six kilometers were given three hours and we arrived after dark. Well, that Lama was there and stayed with me when I ran out of steam.
Often at the meetings with the readers ask me whether you have a dangerous situation in life? Now I can say for sure, one of which occurred in the evening on the mountain. The road went up at each end of the assembly path, I fell into the snow up to the knee, each movement was difficult. Towards the end I felt steps: fifty paces - break fifty paces - a break. - That's the same stupid situation - I said, falling to his knees after we went somewhere 2/3 route - yesterday fled the city with his torch, he lived in the hotel, and now barely walk is not clear where the guys with whom he met by chance on the internet. It would be stupid to die here, but the will so long ago was collected in a fist, but the strength of it is no longer felt. I wanted to drop exhausted and freezing, as even the MOE did not have time to come to the rescue
However, due to the Lama and his support I reached the top. Until that evening, I had some illusions on the subject of mountain climbing, for example, I even thought of Kilimanjaro, but now I'm completely sure - from the mountains, and I got all my time to tie them. (I am sure that every third comment is that I have to go to the gym and eat less)
Now a few words about how there was this monastery.
Lama Dokshit (is back) - a former military man. His teacher - Dharma Dodi Zhalsaraev - lived in Buryatia. One teacher had a beautiful monastery on the hill called Kachkanar. In the morning he called Lamu dokshity and talked about his dream. They began to look for the mountain with the same name and found it in 5500 kilometers from Buryatia in the center of the Urals. There Dokshit Lama and started to build a monastery in 1995.
Currently convent ready to 30 percent (in accordance with what seen Darma Doady Zhalsaraev):
This is an impressive complex of buildings, although most of them are not heated in winter. In the absence of electricity (there are only gasoline generator) and heat to save fuel only three rooms. Main room during the day serves as a temple, where novices have practice before the altar, during a meal here will wear the tables, and it turns into a bedroom at night:
Pull the legs to the side of the altar can not, therefore, all trying to get back to him:
in the monastery seven novices apart Lama, who are practitioners working on the farm and perform different vows. Someone who lives now in its fourth year, someone came here a month ago:
Otogrevshis, rallied and went to photograph the forest. The room was very hot - degrees, probably 35 - why lenses immediately misting. On my Shirikov condensation forms inside the lens (seen over the lubricated halo lights in the center of the frame), so until the end of the stay, I was shooting at 24-70:
As I said, our "bedroom" was also the main room of the monastery to the altar (sleeping head to the altar). I could not sleep at a density of neighbors:
The next day, I take a closer look with the inhabitants and life of Shad TChUP Ling.
Every day, the duty is assigned to the monastery. He wakes up before anyone else, is melting furnace, cooks and cleans off the table. Table, it must be said, pretty meager - the guys are content with what is served locals and tourists bring:
On the stove constantly stand with tea kettles. The white - black tea, green in others. With such cold weather perfectly hot water warms, all drink it constantly
Anya - one of the novices. Good knowledge of English and guided tours for all tourists. As befits a monk shaves his head:
Before breakfast novices take the time practices:
On the water is another story. Stream or source to mount no. guys collect rainwater in the summer, in the winter - a special lift from the pit-pit
Then keep animals - dog, cow, goat:
The cow in the first winter of the monastery. Supply of hay, which in theory should be enough until the spring is over now. The boys are now scratching their heads how to feed a cow:
The foundation for the future of the Buddha statue:
Bath. Stoke twice a week:
On the bath offers the best view of the foot of the mountain:
The remains of a car - anything goes in the economy:
This booth meets guests of the monastery. On it are written rules of conduct, there are drums with prayers and bell-Up:
In fact, most of what is built one Dokshit Lama - novices and friends of the monastery were joined later:
If you look closely, as insulation of buildings using urban advertising banners. By the way, the most precious gift that can make a visit to the monastery - to bring gasoline and professional assembly foam. it only protects from blowing buildings in these frost
Meanwhile, down on duty troops outfitted with dogs to pick up stocks
In the Soviet era was the norm: one sled dog can drag myself to 30 kg of weight. However, since then all the way dogs run up the hill, the load is reduced by half. In the monastery, 11 dogs and 2 sleds (big - 7 dogs and small - 4)
Lathe. Weighs a half ton: to drag him up the mountain, the guys dismantled his cogs and raised parts. In the process of transportation of one part somewhere it got lost and now the machine stands idle state
In the distance one can see the development of metal ore. Earlier this place was a mountain that EVRAZ sryli cleaned:
Today miners matched to the mountain on which stands the monastery. Lama with students constantly fighting and suing the company, explaining that it is a holy place. This situation strongly reminded me of the story of Avatar when people came and they did not care that this is a holy place for the locals. They are interested only in mineral reserves, which were under their homes
Finally, it's time to return to the village:
I agreed to come down on the way back to the snowmobile (at night it came to one of the guys in our company). Man detained in the monastery, and I decided to go with all the foot, and then sit on the road:
Oddly enough, going down was much easier. I even decided not to go and walk with everyone. An hour later, with a little, we were already in the village:
I will remember this trip for a long time. By the way, I do not understand why ekaterinburzhskie dzhipery still do not visit this place. The rise may be an interesting pokatushki weekend off-road. In winter, they are unlikely to zaedut, and in summer it is able to. So far, the car arrives at the convent only 1 time in the history and it was a UAZ.
If you go, do not forget gifts for the monastery - gasoline, assembly foam, cigarettes Prima, hay for the cow, any products, etc...