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Official Ballot: Elections, Saturday, May 3rd


The Board shall consist of not less than five (5) and no more than nine (9) directors.


Chairman of the Board (1): Dan Dawdanow

President (1): Alta Buruschkin or Purma Muschajew

Vice Presidents (Multiple): Larissa Kalatschinow, George Buruschkin and Dolly Abuschinow

Treasurers (2): Brenda Cucukov and Vera Ulzinow

Secretaries (2): Nina Schowgurow and Aysa Zebekow

Auditors (3): Peter Zebekow, Udbala Buruschkin and Sodnam Marchio

Junior Board: Ryan Pereborow, Kyle Pereborow, Sara Cucukov and Kemolin Schowgurow

The Junior Board of Directors is to get the younger generation involved in the aspects of running and caring for the temple.


Open Letter Sent to KBS Board

From Darryl Pereborow:

I am sending this as an open letter to the KBS board.
It is with a very heavy heart that I inform the current board that I am withdrawing my future financial support that was so heavily relied upon to keep our Temple above water. I will continue to pay my membership dues every year and possibly send a small donation too. But with the way things are being handled I cannot continue to support the current leadership as it stands now. Possibly, if the entire current board (with the exception of Natalie A. and Pete Z., as I believe they are the only 2 on the board who want to truly move us forward) decided to step down and install a new board that truly want change I will then reconsider my decision. Out of respect I will also be speaking with Telo Rinpoche to advise him of my decision.
I am also requesting to withdraw my nomination from the current slate for the elections to be held on May 3rd.
It seems that my attempts at trying to have everyone come together and forget “old” issues, to discuss our differences constructively, to turn the page in our history, has only been “head nodded” to in agreement and then falls back into the same divisive relationships as before. I truly thought that by having a new board made up of differing views but having the same goals would be a great thing. But unfortunately this is not the case and I now see people’s true colors and that is a shame. Because I firmly believed that we could be a shining example of how our people can join together under a common cause to be successful. That belief I know now will never be able to come to fruition as it stands. As the more suggestions and offers to help with ideas get proposed the more everything stays the same.
I sincerely apologize for giving the impression of “false” hope to all that have listened to me and my ideas on how we can be a more cohesive group and keep our hurul alive. I am not quitting and I want to be clear on this point!! As I know that some if not a lot of people will be critical of me and that is ok because it is their opinion and they are entitled. And if they want to talk to me about it I will openly discuss my stance as it has not changed and has not wavered from the first time I met with the board back in November of 2013. I will not point fingers or disparage anyone but I will state the facts.
In closing, I want to reiterate what I have said many times before about the current board, if not for them we would not have a Temple right now! But I feel it is time for them to step down now. I wish them the best of luck and my prayers are with them always.
Darryl Pereborow

His Holiness the Dalai Lama to give teachings in NYC: October 18-20, 2013

The Gere Foundation and The Tibet Center are happy to announce that His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama will give teachings, October 18-20, 2013 at The Beacon Theatre in New York City on:

The Heart Sutra

The Sutra of the Recollection of the Three Jewels

The ninth chapter of The Guide to the Bodhisattva’s Way of Life, by Shantideva

HIS HOLINESS WILL BESTOW AN INITIATION INTO:  The Buddha Establishing the Three Pledges


More details regarding ticket sales will be posted here soon.

If you are ordained Sangha and interested in attending these teachings, please contact The Tibet Center at 718 222 0007 or dsmith@thetibetcenter.org

His Holiness the Dalai Lama Congratulates the New Pope

Dalai Lama in BerlinApprised of the election of a new Pope, His Holiness the Dalai Lama lost no time in writing to him to express his congratulations.

“May I offer you my greetings and sense of joy on your historic election as the Pope.”

Acknowledging the new pontiff’s historic choice of name, he wrote:

“Although I am not very familiar with many Catholic saints, I do know about St Francis, having visited Assisi and attended inter-religious gatherings there. His discipline, the simplicity of his way of life and his love for all creatures are qualities that I find deeply inspiring. I am moved to know that his is the name you have chosen for your papacy.”

Recalling his cordial meetings with Pope Paul VI, John Paul II and Benedict XVI and other Christian brothers and sisters, His Holiness looked forward to meeting the new leader of the Roman Catholic Church:

“ I am very pleased to have met and enjoyed friendly conversations with your immediate predecessors and, for the last forty years or so, have participated in fruitful exchanges with my Christian brothers and sisters. I hope that I may have the honour of calling on you too sometime in the near future.”


Dalai Lama to deliver Sadat peace lecture at University of Maryland

COLLEGE PARK, Md. — The University of Maryland says the Dalai Lama will speak in College Park.

The university announced Thursday that the Tibetan spiritual leader will deliver the annual Sadat Lecture for Peace on May 7 at the Comcast Center.

The university says the annual lecture series is part of its Anwar Sadat Chair for Peace and Development program. Previous speakers have included former Secretary-General of the United Nations Kofi Annan and anti-apartheid leader and former South African president Nelson Mandela.

University of Maryland professor and Sadat Chair Shibley Telhami says the Dalai Lama has been a compelling voice of compassion, toleration, and peace during turbulent times. The Tibetan Buddhist leader has been living in exile since 1959 when Chinese troops crushed protests against Communist rule.


Alash Ensemble (Tuvan Throat Singers) in Area Performances


Alash are masters of Tuvan throat singing, a remarkable technique for singing multiple pitches at the same time. Masters of traditional Tuvan instruments as well as the art of throat singing, Alash are deeply committed to traditional Tuvan music and culture. At the same time, they are fans of western music. Believing that traditional music must constantly evolve, the musicians subtly infuse their songs with western elements, creating their own unique style that is fresh and new, yet true to their Tuvan musical heritage.

They will be giving a free concert in Philadelphia on Friday, February 15th at 8PM at The Rotunda, 4014 Walnut St., Philadelphia, PA 19104.  Donations are encouraged.

They will be in New York City on Saturday, February 16th at Carnegie Hall at 10PM.  This is part of the “Late Night at Zankel Hall” series.  Tickets start at $42.

Other concert locations include Lancaster and Baltimore.  Please see http://www.alashensemble.com/performances.htm for more details and ticket costs.

2013 Smithsonian Folk Life Festival

Planning your summer schedule?  One portion of the 2013 Smithsonian Folklife Festival  in Washington, DC has case studies that expose endangered languages and cultural heritage.  The Kalmyks will be featured in One World, Many Voices: Endangered Languages and Cultural Heritage as a case study.

The Smithsonian Folklife Festival is an annual international exposition of living cultural heritage presented by the Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage. The festival is free and takes place outdoors on the National Mall. It typically attracts more than one million visitors each year.

The 2013 festival will take place on June 26 – June 30 and July 3 – July 7th (please note the 2 day gap).

Please mark your calendars for this event in Washington, DC.