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Dalai Lama Consecrates Maitreya Statue at Disket Monastery

His Holiness the Dalai Lama opening the name plate of the newly installed statue of Gyalwa Jampa at Disket Monastery in Ladakh's Nubra valley, on 25 July 2010

The Tibetan spiritual leader Dalai Lama inaugurated and blessed the new 100 feet high Maitreya Statue at Disket Monastery, Ladakh's oldest and largest monastery on Sunday. Many important dignitaries including the Gaden Tripa, Jammu & Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah and Thiksey Rinpoche were present during the ceremony.

The Dalai Lama is scheduled to start his two day teachings on Geshe Langri Thangpa's Eight Verses of Training the Mind and Tsongkhapa's The Three Principal Paths on Monday.

He gave teachings on the oral trasnmission of The Diamond Sutra to over 7,000 Buddhist devotees on Friday at Yama Gonbo Monastery located about 65 kilometers from Samtenling Monastery in Nubra Valley in Ladakh bordering Tibet.

The Dalai Lama first visited Ladakh in 1967, followed by frequent visits to Leh, Nyuma, Hanle, Zanskar and Nubra to give teachings to the large number of Buddhists residing in the region.

The revered Tibetan buddhist leader will conclude his weeklong religious visit to the region on Wednesday.