Vocabulary

  • NERPA fresh-water seal, one of the three species of freshwater seals in the world, endemic to Lake Baikal. A lot of seals lay on the shores of Ushkanyi Isla...
  • LAMA a religious teacher in Tibetan and Buryat-Mongolian Buddhism. May be used as a respectful title of the monk (nun) in order to emphasize their ...
  • KHAMBO LAMA the abbot of the monastery. Title of the spiritual leader of Buddhism in Russia.
  • DATSAN (Mong. from Tibet. Datsan - "faculty") - Buddhist monastery in Baikal region. Originally Buddhist monasteries  in Buryatia...
  • MANDALA a sacred image or schematic design, used in Buddhist and Hindu religious practices. It is a geometric structure of the complex, which is interpreted a...