May 28, 2010
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His Holiness the Dalai Lama Inaugurates Buddha Park [Thursday, 27 May 2010, 1:54 p.m.]

 His Holiness (R), prepares to plant
a sapling after inaugurating the Buddha Park, with Bihar state Chief
Minister Nitish Kumar (C) , in Patna/AP

His Holiness the Dalai Lama today inaugurated the Buddha Smriti Park in
Bihar’s capital Patna and planted a sapling of the Mahabodhi banyan
tree brought from Sri Lanka on the occasion of Buddha Purnima, The
Times of India
reported.Relics of the Buddhist era brought from
Sri Lanka, Japan, Thailand, Myanmar and South Korea were installed in
the Park built by Bihar government to commemorate the 2550th
anniversary of ‘mahanirvana’ (salvation) of Lord Buddha.Accompanied
by Governor Devanand Kunwar, Chief Minister Nitish Kumar and Deputy
Chief Minister Sushil Kumar Modi, His Holiness the Dalai Lama lit a
lamp and took part in a religious ceremony before formally inaugurating
a state-of-the-art Buddhist religious structure.The
inauguration of the Buddha memorial park was an international event
attended by delegations from four predominantly Buddhist countries
–Sri Lanka, Burma, Japan and Thailand. His Holiness the Dalai
Lama thanked Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar for inviting him to
inaugurate the memorial park built to commemorate the 2,554th birth
anniversary of Gautam Buddha and described his visit to the state as a
pleasant one. His Holiness said relationship between India and Tibet was that of a ‘guru and chela’ (teacher and disciple).”India
is the guru and we are reliable chelas. Since we have produced Buddhist
scholars according to Nalanda tradition, we could be termed as reliable
chelas for keeping the Nalanda tradition of Buddhism intact,” His
Holiness said.His Holiness also named the 200-foot-high main stupa dedicated to the memory of Buddha as ‘Pataliputra Karuna Stupa’.After
the ceremony His Holiness told reporters that things were changing fast
in China. “Things were changing in China since the 1959 crisis.”The sapling planted by His Holiness at the park was brought to Patna by the Sri Lankan delegation.The
park is located near the Patna railway junction and is spread over 22
acres of prime land located in the heart of the city. The project is
estimated to have cost more than Rs.125 crore.

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