Karlis Tennison(s) is an essential, although controversial figure in the history of Buddhism in Estonia and Latvi . He was, without doubt, the first to disseminate Buddhism in the Baltic countries and also one of the earliest disseminators of Buddhism in Eastern Europe.
Karl August Tõnisson, born in 1883 near Põltsamaa, Estonia later repeatedly changed his biography (for example, transformed from an Estonian to a Latvian and simultaneously became ten years older). He is known popularly as Barefoot, or paljasjalgne Tõnisson.
The article focuses on the development of his ideas. It is online at The Buddhist Encyclopedia:
First Buddhist Priest on the Baltic Coast - Karl Tõnisson