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Buddhism after the restoration of the Estonian Republic: establishment of Buddhist communities
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After the Taola period, when a basis for further development was established, many Buddhist groups and movements flourished. After the restoration of the Estonian Republic, some Buddhist teachers were invited to Estonia through personal contacts. Buddhist groups were established in Tallinn, Pärnu, Tartu and Põltsamaa.
In 1990, a small group of Buddhist activists gathered at a house in Põllu Street and were registered in 1993 as the Estonian Buddhist Union. In a few years the Union was divided into many different societies, as more travelling teachers came to Estonia and spread their own forms of Buddhism.
All these groups are part of international movements. As is common to Western Buddhism, their main activities are meditation, retreats, the hosting of visiting teachers, celebrating Buddhist holidays etc.
In addition, the members of the first Brotherhood and new Nyingmapas continued their activities under the guidance of Venerable Vello Väärtnõu in Estonia and were officially registered as Estonian Nyingma in 2007.