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

February 11, 2010

Central Tibetan Administration (CTA)
February 11, 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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