|The Kremlin in Red Square, Moscow: imperial capital of vast land holdings that again include Crimea but not the "Stans" of Central Asia, formerly Buddhist countries overtaken by Islam.|
|Gorgeous Russian Buddhist temple, Buryatia, Russia (J. Weeks/VOA.com)|
|Civil war in Ukraine gathering pace|
|Odessa's tragedy buries Ukraine's hope|
|The enormous expanse of Russia bordering the rest of Northern Europe on the left and Siberia on the right with America just to the right beyond the Bering Straits. Buddhist Kalmykia is shown in red on the shores of the Caspian Sea.|
|Russian Buddhist monk, Vesak 2013 (rbth.ru)|
Included are some marvelous photos of Ven. Dorzhiev and a brilliant mini-history of the Buryats (from which he arose). While readable, it is definitely a specialist's book. More than biography, less than hagiography -- it concerns itself with what is rather than what if.
|I want a Pussy Riot! - We do, too, Comrade.|
Certainly, it is told nowhere else with as much authority, passion, and carefully wrought scrutiny as Snelling delivers. Recommended for anyone inclined toward the myriad diversity of Buddhist history beyond India and Southeast Asia.