Living Buddha funds construction of pagoda
A Chinese Living Buddha in Tibet has raised one million yuan ($150,668) to fund the construction of a pagoda in Bangladesh, local sources said on July 30. Drukhang Thubten Khedrup, the seventh Drukhang Living Buddha and vice-president of the Buddhist Association of China, has given the money to an association of Buddhist monks in Bangladesh, said his assistant Yumtan. The money will be used to build a pagoda for Atisa, a Buddhist teacher from Bengal who lived in Tibet for more than 10 years starting in 1038, preaching and translating scriptures. The pagoda, which includes a pedestal, a tower and spire, will stand nearly as tall as a three-story building, said Yumtan. Yumtan said that the pagoda will be a symbol of friendship between China and Bangladesh.