Dalai Lama to inaugurate Tathagatha Preserve in Sikkim

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Dharamshala, November 26, 2012

Tibetan Spiritual Leader His Holiness the Dalai Lama has consented to inaugurate Tathagatha Preserve at Rabong in South Sikkim on March 25 next year, says Rajya Sabha MP Hishey Lachungpa yesterday.

Hishey Lachungpa, an MP who led the delegation team, has invited Dalai Lama at his official residence here in McLeodganj, Dharamshala last week. During the meeting, Dalai Lama has consented to visit the Tathagatha Preserve which comprises of the Lord Buddha Statue and Eco Garden, for the inauguration from 24- 28 March 2013.

The spiritual leader will hold a teaching at the Congregation Centre in Tathagatha Preserve. He will also visit Pemayangtse monastery during his four-day visit to Sikkim, Lachungpa added.

According to Lachungpa, this is the newest pilgrimage and tourist attraction which is also called the Sakyamuni Project during its project construction phase had been now rechristened as Tathagatha Preserve by Dalai Lama earlier. This spiritual leader has visited the project site in the past and has also stayed, and holds teachings here.

The delegation team was led by Hishey Lachungpa on behalf of the state government and on the behest of Chief minister Pawan Chamling, which includes Ecclesiastical secretary T. Gelek, Principal chief engineer-cum-secretary, Public health engineering T. B. Rajalim and Chief engineer buildings and housing department C. Zangpo.

Hishey Lachungpa called on Chief minister Pawan Chamling at Mintokgang yesterday and apprised him of the acceptance of the invitation by Dalai Lama, who is set to inaugurate the Tathagatha Preserve on March 25.



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