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His Holiness the Dalai Lama to Open Buddha Park in Patna on 27 May

February 10, 2010

Central Tibetan Administration (CTA)
February 9, 2010

Dharamshala -- Coinciding with the auspicious
occasion of the Buddha Purnima, His Holiness the
Dalai Lama will inaugurate the Buddha Smriti
(Memorial) Park in Patna on 27 May.

His Holiness has accepted an invitation from
chief minister Nitish Kumar to inaugurate the
park during an hour-long meeting at former's residence in Dharamsala yesterday.

The park with a meditation hall is coming up on a
22-acre plot in the heart of the city and close
to Patna Junction at a cost of Rs 125 crore and
will also have a giant size statue of Lord Buddha.

"His Holiness was gracious to accept our
invitation and also promised to donate Buddha
relics to be kept in the park which will be an
added attraction," Mr. Nitish told The Times of India.

The state government is constructing this
memorial park on Buddhist model of construction
to mark the 2550th year of Mahaparinirvana of
Lord Buddha. His Holiness the Dalai Lama will also unveil the statue.

Mr. Nitish said that he also briefed His Holiness
the Dalai Lama about the proposed Nalanda
International University which is in process of taking shape.

The chief minister, who reached Dharamsala on
Sunday, attended a dinner hosted in his honour the same night by the Kashag.
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