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KYZYL, June 20 (Itar-Tass) - An interreligious Buddhist-Orthodox Council was established in Russia’s republic of Tuva on Thursday.
The key goal of the council is to promote a dialogue between traditional religions in order to prevent ethno-religious conflicts, according to Bishop of Kyzyl and Tuva Feofan and Kamby Lama of Tuva Tenzin Tsultim.
The head of Tuva, Sholban Kara-ool described the establishment of the council as a “milestone event as we approach the 100th anniversary of the unification of Russia and Tuva. “ “The friendship between peoples is very strong when such basic platforms as traditional religions come to terms. I would like the Kyzyl eparchy and the Association of Buddhists to pool their efforts to solve the most difficult social problems of people,” he said.
“There are few regions to have been visited by both the Dalai Lama and the Patriarch of All Russia. We have had the honor of welcoming the two spiritual leaders here,” the governor said. “This fact has prompted the establishment of the Buddhist-Orthodox Council of Tuva.”
The idea was first voiced by Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia Kirill back in 2011, when he paid the first-ever visit to the republic.
More than 60 percent of Tuva’s population of 312,000 are Buddhists, and about 20 percent profess Orthodoxy.