-Filed by Department of Religion and Culture
Dharamshala: Department of Religion and Culture of Central Tibetan Administration successfully completed the distribution of Lord Buddha and Tonpa Shenrab statues to Tibetan monasteries and nunneries in India, Nepal and Bhutan.
Following the offering of Long Life Prayers to His Holiness the Dalai Lama by Central Tibetan Administration on December 31, President Dr Lobsang Sangay along with members of Kashag distributed the statues to the representatives of the monasteries and nunneries.
The statues were blessed by His Holiness the Dalai Lama and consecrated by monks of Namgyal Monastery at Gaden Phelgyeling, Bodhgaya.
Since this year is considered as the portentous critical year ༼དགུང་ཀེག༽ of His Holiness the Dalai Lama, the Department of Religion and Culture has been undertaking various activities such as accumulating prayers in accordance with advice from spiritual heads of Tibetan Buddhism and state oracle, providing special salary to temple caretakers for a year and distributing Buddha statues to monastic institutions in order to remove all kind of obstacles during the portentous critical year.
Detail list of monasteries and nunneries are available here.