Dalai Lama Unveils Buddha Idol

January 21st 2009

Gulbarga, Karnataka, India, 20 January 2009 (The Times of India) - Religious fervor and gaiety marked the unveiling and consecration of the gold-coated, 400-kg Buddha idol in a sitting posture, at the newly-constructed Buddha Vihar on the city's outskirts here on Monday.

Nobel laureate and spiritual leader Dalai Lama offered prayers and unveiled the statue inside the massive central hall. The huge crowd numbered around a lakh (100,000). The ceremony was telecast on digital screens amid thunderous applause and chants of "Buddham sharanam gacchami".

Many people from districts across the state, Andhra Pradesh and Maharashtra attended the event. Religious leaders chanted "Sarva dharma sammelan" before the consecration ceremony started. Sri Sri Ravishankar of Art of Living led Dalai Lama into the massive structure built on 75 acres and assisted the latter in completing the ritual.

Dalai Lama said: "In this growing era of materialism, it is the responsibility of everybody in the world to revive the spirit of Buddhism that taught tolerance, ahimsa (non-violence), peace and truth. It is India that led the world in tolerance, peace and non-violence and once again, it is India that should revive the `ahimsa' philosophy to make this world a garden of peace and tolerance."

He appreciated the efforts of the Buddha Vihar Trust that built the structures. "These structures are a tribute to Buddha and his philosophy."

Sri Sri Ravishankar stressed the need to revive and spread Buddha's message of tolerance, peace and non-violence. "It is time for people to follow Buddha, Basava and Ambedkar and their preachings in every aspect of life," he added.

 

 

Latest News

Addressing a Sino-Tibetan Conference
August 28th 2014
Hamburg, Germany, 27 August 2014 - Shortly before leaving to embark on his journey back to India, His Holiness the Dalai Lama first addressed a conference of Chinese and Tibetans taking place under the theme ‘Finding Common Ground.’ He began by welcoming participants: “I’d like to greet all of you, Chinese brothers and sisters, who have gathered here from many different places."

An Avalokiteshvara Empowerment Followed by Meetings with the Tibetan Community and Tibet Support Group in Germany
August 27th 2014

Concluding ‘The Guide to the Bodhisattva’s Way of Life’ and ‘37 Practices of a Bodhisattva’
August 26th 2014

Explaining ‘The Guide to the Bodhisattva’s Way of Life’
August 25th 2014

Discussing Secular Ethics
August 24th 2014

Explore