Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Reading Tolstoy's "War and Peace" (video)

BBC.com; voinaimir.com; CC Liu, Dhr. Seven, Amber Larson, Wisdom Quarterly

Many Russians are unhappy with Russian Dictator Vladimir Putin (FEMEN.org)

Buddhism in Russia
Russian film stars, a cosmonaut in space, and French actress Fanny Ardant are among 1,300 people reading Leo Tolstoy's epic War and Peace live on the Internet -- a 60-hour marathon spread over four days.
The event was organized by Russian state broadcasters, and it is being streamed online for four days [or listen below].
 
Places that feature in the novel were chosen as settings for some chapters, including the Borodino battlefield, where in 1812 Napoleon's troops fought the Russians.
 
Leo Tolstoy wrote about aristocrats.
War and Peace was published in 1869.
 
The novel -- one of [imperial] Russia's greatest works of literature -- follows the lives of aristocratic Russian families during the French invasion in the early 19th Century. More

Buddhism in Russia?
Is good! I go topless and read.
The Story of Agvan Dorzhiev: Lhasa's Emissary to the Tsar tells a fascinating story of political and religious intrigue.

It is about Agvan Dorziev, a Mongolian Buddhist lama, who was instrumental in the founding of Buddhism in Russia. It includes an update on the status of Buddhism in Russia since glasnost and includes photos. 
The 4-day, 60 hour marathon reading is, alas, in Russian. So here it is in English:

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