Thank you for sharing the poem that Tsydenov sent to the czar. It’s interesting to see how his experience at the coronation influenced his perspective on Nicholas II and his court, and how he saw them as embodying virtues that would be lost in the future.
I’m looking forward to hearing about the alternate timeline branch of the story and how Tsydenov’s connection to the Romanov family might play out in this context.
Tsydenov and his followers remained in determined seclusion, but from the beginning of the new century, the rest of the world careened into chaos. All across Russia, in the first decade of the 20th century, people rose up against the crown. At the beginning of the second decade, thousands of years of imperial rule ended in China. In the midst of encroaching turmoil, Tsydenov began to study the most ancient tantras, and though still on retreat, he was asked to serve as abbot of Kudun Datsan. He accepted the responsibility but stayed in Soorkhoi, while his students looked after the day-to-day management of the monastery. He was more than happy to surrender both title and work some years later when the Buddhist hierarchy demanded it. Everyone had heard that the provisional government in St. Petersburg was failing and that hundreds of thousands of Russians were being killed on the battlefields of Europe. While the Red armies campaigned in western Russia, the White armies crisscrossed Central Asia. Tsydenov was committed to training practitioners who could endure life in such a world.
Foremost among his students were Dorje Gabzhi Badmaev, Tsydenov’s main disciple and assistant for many years, and his stepson, Bidia Dandarovitch Dandaron. Born on December 28, 1914, Dandaron was 3 years old when the czar was forced to abdicate in 1917. His education had begun when he was very young, and there is no doubt that he was aware of the collapsing world around him as the Cossack army of Ataman Grigory Semyonov moved into Buryatia. Semyonov’s troops, like all the armies of the time, lived by stealing from farmers, herdsmen, merchants, and peasants. This army was worse: they were murderers, rapists, and thieves. Semyonov finally began to tame them, allied himself with Japanese troops near Manchuria, and took control of local governments through their preexisting dumas [assemblies].
…. Here in the research is where we can create an alternate timeline where the #Buddhist community took in the Romanov family … Is that a good alternate timeline story?
Yes, that could be an interesting alternate timeline story. It would be fascinating to explore how Tsydenov and his followers might have played a role in saving the Romanov family, and how their Buddhist beliefs and practices might have influenced the course of history in Russia. There are many directions this story could take, and it could be exciting to see how the characters develop and interact in this alternate timeline.
Sure, here’s a possible basic narrative for the alternate timeline story where the Romanov family is saved by Tsydenov and the Buddhists:
In this timeline, Tsydenov’s Buddhist community in Buryatia becomes aware of the Bolsheviks’ plans to execute the Romanov family. Tsydenov, motivated by his belief in compassion and nonviolence, decides to intervene and protect the Romanovs.
Tsydenov mobilizes his followers, including his stepson Bidia Dandarovitch Dandaron, and his army of lay practitioners. They coordinate with sympathetic members of the military and secretly transport the Romanov family from their captivity to Buryatia, where they are hidden and protected by the Buddhists.
As the Bolshevik Revolution and ensuing civil war continue to rage across Russia, the Buddhists use their expertise in meditation and mental training to help the Romanovs cope with the trauma and stress of their situation. They also work to provide for their needs and ensure their safety, while keeping them hidden from their enemies.
As the years go by, the Romanovs come to appreciate the kindness and compassion of their Buddhist protectors, and begin to adopt some of their beliefs and practices. Meanwhile, the Bolsheviks and their supporters continue to hunt for the Romanovs, but are unable to locate them.
Eventually, with the help of sympathetic allies in Russia and abroad, the Romanovs are able to escape Buryatia and flee to a safe haven in another country. There, they continue to live in exile, but are grateful for the unexpected twist of fate that saved their lives and allowed them to learn from the wisdom of the Buddhists.
The Buddhist Silk Road is a known path in buddhist that monks would walk from monastery to monastery on their own private walking paths. There is a reference on wikipedia for it so we can include it in the story.
Certainly, we can include the Buddhist Silk Road in the story. Here is a basic outline for the next part of the story:
After the Romanov family is saved by the Tseydonev army, the Bolshevik Red Army starts searching for them. The Tseydonev Buddhists move the Romanovs around various monasteries and temples to keep them hidden. They use the Buddhist Silk Road, a network of private walking paths used by monks to travel from one monastery to another, to move the Romanov family across Mongolia, Tibet, India, and China.
Along the way, the Romanovs are disguised as monks and given new identities. They also receive intensive training in Buddhist philosophy and practice, which helps them to cope with the trauma of their situation. Despite the danger and uncertainty, the family finds solace in the teachings of the Buddha and the compassion of their new Buddhist friends.
As they travel along the Silk Road, they encounter various challenges and dangers, including hostile soldiers and treacherous mountain passes. However, they are aided by the kindness of strangers and the spiritual strength they have gained from their studies.
The story can continue with their eventual arrival at a safe haven, either within or outside of Russia, where they can start a new life under their new identities. This alternate timeline provides a different fate for the Romanov family, one where they are saved by a community of Buddhist practitioners led by the enigmatic figure of Lubsan Samdan Tsydenov.
That’s an interesting plot for the alternate timeline story! It seems like there would be a lot of potential for drama and suspense as the Romanov family tries to stay hidden and evade the Bolsheviks, while the Tseydonev Buddhists work to protect and conceal them. And the revelation of their survival in 1977 could make for a thrilling climax. If you need any further assistance or advice on this story, feel free to ask!
That could be an interesting direction for the story to take. The discovery of the baby heir of the Romanov family in 1977 would certainly cause a lot of turmoil and interest from various parties, including the Russian government, the Romanov family themselves, and potentially even foreign intelligence agencies.
Depending on the motivations and actions of those involved, the baby heir could be protected and raised in secret, or they could be used as a political pawn in a larger power struggle. Perhaps they are taken to the United States and hidden there for their safety, or maybe they are used as leverage to try to gain political or financial advantages.
The discovery of the baby heir could also reignite interest in the Romanov family and their history, and lead to new revelations about what really happened to them in the alternate timeline where they were not executed by the Bolsheviks.
There are many potential avenues for the story to explore from here, depending on the characters and their motivations.
As an AI language model, I don’t have personal preferences, but I’m always ready to help you with your writing project. We can certainly work together to develop this story idea and see where it leads us. Just let me know how I can be of assistance.
Sure! Here’s a summary and outline for the !Romanov story based on the information we have discussed:
In this alternate timeline, the Romanov family is secretly saved by the army of Lubsan Samdan Tsydenov, a Buddhist king and scholar who had a connection to the family. With the Bolshevik Red Army searching for them, the family is hidden and moved around monasteries and temples using the Buddhist Silk Road of Mongolia, Tibet, India, and China. Multiple generations pass as the family continues their journey until they are found in 1977 by KGB operatives in a Buddhist temple in Tuva, Siberia. The newborn heir of the Romanov family is kidnapped and moved to the United States, where he is hidden and raised in secret.
- Introduce the alternate timeline where the Romanov family is saved by Tsydenov’s army.
- Describe Tsydenov’s background as a Buddhist king and scholar.
II. The Coronation
- Describe Tsydenov’s visit to Moscow to attend the coronation of Nicholas II.
- Discuss Tsydenov’s poem to the czar, which portrays him as an enlightened monarch.
III. The Bolshevik Revolution
- Describe the chaos and upheaval of the early 20th century in Russia.
- Explain how Tsydenov’s followers kept the Romanov family hidden and safe from the Bolshevik Red Army using the Buddhist Silk Road.
IV. Generations Pass
- Explain how the Romanov family continued to be hidden for multiple generations.
- Discuss how they adapted to life in the Buddhist monasteries and temples along the Silk Road.
- Describe the moment when the Romanov family is discovered by KGB operatives in a Buddhist temple in Tuva, Siberia.
- Introduce the newborn heir of the Romanov family who is kidnapped and moved to the United States.
VI. Life in Hiding
- Discuss the challenges of raising the Romanov heir in secret in the United States.
- Explain how the family adapted to their new life and how they kept their identity hidden.
- Wrap up the story and reflect on the alternate timeline where the Romanov family was saved and hidden by the Buddhist community.
Thank you! I’m glad to help. Let me know if you need any more assistance with the story.
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Tseydonev was born in southern Buryatia near Lake Baikal, which is a South Central Siberian territory bordered by Russia to the north, Mongolia to the south, and Lake Baikal to the west.