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His Holiness the Dalai Lama Consecrates Matreya Statue at Disket Monastery

July 27, 2010

Tibetonline TV
July 26, 2010

Nubra, Ladakh -- His Holiness the Dalai Lama
blessed a newly installed Matreya statue during a
ceremony at Ladakh's oldest and largest Disket
Monastery (Dekyi Gonpa in Tibetan) on Sunday. (Watch)

Dressed in their best traditional costumes, a
large number of local people attended the
ceremony during which many important dignitaries
including His Eminence the 102nd Gaden Tripa, J&K
Chief Minister Omar Abdullah and Thiksey Rinpoche were present.

The 100 feet high statue of Matreya (Gyalwa
Jampa) was build at a cost of around Rs 2 crores
with the collaboration of Disket Kunrog Tsogpa
and Disket Jamgon Sarsheng Nyamrog Thundel Tsogpa.

While laying the foundation stone in 2007 His
Holiness the Dalai Lama had said he has started
the construction work and would give the final
touch by blessing the statue on its completion.

100 feet high statue of Gyalwa Jampa at Disket
monastery, which was blessed by His Holiness the Dalai Lama

According to Thiksey Rinpoche, the Matreya statue
was installed to help spread the teachings of
Buddha in general, and for the long life of His
Holiness the Dalai Lama and to ward off epidemics
and calamities.  It was also aimed to sustain
peace in Nubra valley which is located on the
borders of China and Pakistan, he added.

In his address, His Holiness the Dalai Lama
praised the efforts made in the successful installation of the Matreya statue.

His Holiness underlined that one should have the
motivation of love in the heart on hearing the name of Matreya.

His Holiness expressed his appreciation for the
progress made in health, education and keeping
spiritual vows and disciplines in monastic
learning centres due to the efforts of many concerned officials in Ladakh.

Speaking of crucial environmental issue, His
Holiness said each and every individual of the
community should have awareness about the
problems of global warming, which he said is
related to happiness and well-being of the whole world.

His Holiness said his friend, named Huguna, has
given him the responsibility to speak about
environment preservation wherever he visits a Himalayan region.

Appealing to the local people to take
responsibility in protecting the environment, His
Holiness said people living in the Himalayan
region should focus on tree plantation, which he
said would add to the landscapes' greenery and
bring peace and happiness of mind in the day to day life.

Chief Minister Abdullah said the blessing of the
Matreya statue would bring peace and happiness
not only to Nubra valley but also to the whole
world including India and the entire India Jammu & Kashmir state.

It is very fortunate that members of four
generations from my family have received the
opportunity to meet His Holiness the Dalai Lama, Mr Abdullah said.

-- Report filed by Jigme Tsering and Namgyal Tsewang of Tibetonline TV

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