Buddhist Lamas to Serve in the Russian Army
VLADIVOSTOK. August 25. VOSTOK-MEDIA - Buddhist clergy will appear in the Russian army this year, said leader of the Russian Buddhist community, Head of the Traditional Sangha of Russia Pandito Khambo Lama Damba Ayusheyev. “Chaplains will serve in those units of the Russian army where at least 10 per cent of servicemen are Buddhists.”
He also stated that a senior Buddhist clergyman will work with the Defense Ministry to help implement the military program. Ayusheyev confirmed that the issue concerning the placement of the Buddhist chaplains was discussed at the meeting between the Russian President and the Buddhist lamas.