Days of Buddhist Culture in Ukraine

“Ukrainian House” disrupted the Days of Buddhist Culture

“Ukrainian House” disrupted the Days of Buddhist Culture

On the 11th of May 2017 the state-run enterprise “Ukrainian House” withheld the permission to carry out the Day of Buddha (Vesak) and Days of Buddhist Culture, having violated a signed agreement the day before the opening. Thus the majority of events had to be cancelled; the plans of the organizers and participants were foiled.

The “Ukrainian House” administration didn't even give a clear reason for their refusal. Buddhists consider this to be an unacceptable practice for a civilized country and are suing “Ukrainian House” for damage compensation; they are also searching for a new location for all events of the Days.

On the 26th of April 2017, Religious Center of the Ukrainian Association of Karma Kagyu Lineage Diamond Way buddhists together with the ethnocultural exhibition “Treasure of Tibet” and charity foundation “Living tradition” had an agreement with the state-run enterprise “National Center of Business and Cultural Cooperation “Ukrainian House” about the celebration of Buddha`s Enlightenment Day and carrying out the Days of Buddhist Culture in “Ukrainian House” premises which is evidenced by the properly composed and signed contract.

According to this agreement, Buddha`s Day (Vesak) which has been celebrated around the world in accordance with UNO resolution since 1999, was to take place on the 11th of May and the Days of Buddhist Culture events (ethnocultural exhibition “Treasure of Tibet”, lectures, master-classes and a round table) were to be carried out from the 11th till the 28th of May.

One day before the 11th of May the “Ukrainian House” administration started talking about some more important events which were to be held in their premises, thus making impossible for the Days of Buddhist Culture events to be carried out. Administration representatives informed that all exhibitions were to be closed and renting premises would be impossible for anyone. Eventually it appeared that all exhibitions were working and renting of “Ukrainian House” premises was available while Buddha`s Day (Vesak) and Days of Buddhist Culture could still not be held on the time agreed under the fixed terms.

On the morning of the 11th of May, the “Ukrainian House” administration finally withheld the permission to carry out Buddha`s Day (Vesak) with no reasons given, thus the Buddhist community of Kyiv had to urgently search for another location. Such a location was found and Buddhism followers from Kyiv celebrated the biggest holiday of this world religion with common meditation, symbolic lighting of the candles in front of the Buddha statue, and wishes of peace and compassion to Ukraine and the whole world.

Religious Center of Ukrainian Association of Karma Kagyu Lineage Diamond Way buddhists, the exhibition “Treasure of Tibet” and charity foundation “Living tradition” were shocked by such behavior of the “National Center of Business and Cultural Cooperation “Ukrainian House” administration and will demand damage compensation in court.

Despite such an unscrupulous practice of “Ukrainian House”, the organizers of the Days of Buddhist Culture will hold some events and are searching for the location to carry out the exhibition “Treasure of Tibet”.