Liv­ing Bud­dha funds con­struc­tion of pagoda

China Daily (USA) - - TIBET -

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.

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