India Kushinagar December 2013

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A view from the stage, Maitreya Project Foundation Stone Laying Ceremony, Kushinagar, Uttar Pradesh, India, December 13, 2013. Photo by Andy Melnic.
A view from the stage, Maitreya Project Foundation Stone Laying Ceremony, Kushinagar, Uttar Pradesh, India, December 13, 2013. Photo by Andy Melnic.
A photo of a life-sized replica of the Maitreya Buddha statue to be built in Kushinagar, India, December 12, 2013. Photo by Andy Melnic.
A photo of a life-sized replica of the Maitreya Buddha statue to be built in Kushinagar, India, December 12, 2013. Photo by Andy Melnic.
Lama Zopa Rinpoche before flying in a helicopter to Kushinagar for Maitreya Project ceremony, India, December 13, 2013. Photo by Ven. Roger Kunsang.
Lama Zopa Rinpoche before flying in a helicopter to Kushinagar for Maitreya Project ceremony, India, December 13, 2013. Photo by Ven. Roger Kunsang.
Aerial view of ceremony site and Maitreya Project land, Kushinagar, India, December 13, 2013. Photo by Ven. Roger Kunsang.
Aerial view of ceremony site and Maitreya Project land, Kushinagar, India, December 13, 2013. Photo by Ven. Roger Kunsang.
Helicopter carrying Lama Zopa Rinpoche landing at Kushinagar, India, December 13, 2013. Photo by Andy Melnic.
Helicopter carrying Lama Zopa Rinpoche landing at Kushinagar, India, December 13, 2013. Photo by Andy Melnic.
Lama Zopa Rinpoche arriving for Maitreya Project ceremony, Kushinagar, India, December 13, 2013. Photo by Andy Melnic.
Lama Zopa Rinpoche arriving for Maitreya Project ceremony, Kushinagar, India, December 13, 2013. Photo by Andy Melnic.
Lama Zopa Rinpoche arriving at Kushinagar, India, December 13, 2013. Photo by Andy Melnic.
Lama Zopa Rinpoche arriving at Kushinagar, India, December 13, 2013. Photo by Andy Melnic.
Lama Zopa Rinpoche arriving at Kushinagar, India, December 13, 2013. Photo by Andy Melnic.
Lama Zopa Rinpoche arriving at Kushinagar, India, December 13, 2013. Photo by Andy Melnic.
Lama Zopa Rinpoche arriving at Kushinagar, India, December 13, 2013. Photo by Andy Melnic.
Lama Zopa Rinpoche arriving at Kushinagar, India, December 13, 2013. Photo by Andy Melnic.
Lama Zopa Rinpoche being greeted as he arrives for the Maitreya Project ceremony at Kushinagar, India, December 13, 2013. Photo by Andy Melnic.
Lama Zopa Rinpoche being greeted as he arrives for the Maitreya Project ceremony at Kushinagar, India, December 13, 2013. Photo by Andy Melnic.
Lama Zopa Rinpoche being given a marigold garland as he arrives for the Maitreya Project ceremony at Kushinagar, India, December 13, 2013. Photo by Andy Melnic.
Lama Zopa Rinpoche being given a marigold garland as he arrives for the Maitreya Project ceremony at Kushinagar, India, December 13, 2013. Photo by Andy Melnic.
Lama Zopa Rinpoche with Ven. Kabir Saxena preparing remarks for Maitreya Project Foundation Stone Laying Ceremony, Kushinagar, India, December 13, 2013. Photo by Andy Melnic.
Lama Zopa Rinpoche with Ven. Kabir Saxena preparing remarks for Maitreya Project Foundation Stone Laying Ceremony, Kushinagar, India, December 13, 2013. Photo by Andy Melnic.
Lama Zopa Rinpoche with honored guest and Kushinagar District Magistrate Rigzin Samphel (far left) before ceremony, Kushinagar, India, December 13, 2013. Photo by Andy Melnic.
Lama Zopa Rinpoche with honored guest and Kushinagar District Magistrate Rigzin Samphel (far left) before ceremony, Kushinagar, India, December 13, 2013. Photo by Andy Melnic.
Maitreya statue replica on stage during ceremony, Kushinagar, India, December 13, 2013. Photo by Andy Melnic.
Maitreya statue replica on stage during ceremony, Kushinagar, India, December 13, 2013. Photo by Andy Melnic.
Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav greeting Lama Zopa Rinpoche, Kushinagar, India, December 13, 2013. Photo by Andy Melnic.
Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav greeting Lama Zopa Rinpoche, Kushinagar, India, December 13, 2013. Photo by Andy Melnic.
Lama Zopa Rinpoche with dignataries on event stage, Kushinagar, India, December 13, 2013. Photo by Andy Melnic.
Lama Zopa Rinpoche with dignataries on event stage, Kushinagar, India, December 13, 2013. Photo by Andy Melnic.
Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav with Lama Zopa Rinpoche, Kushinagar, India, December 13, 2013. Photo by Andy Melnic.
Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav with Lama Zopa Rinpoche, Kushinagar, India, December 13, 2013. Photo by Andy Melnic.
Lama Zopa Rinpoche and Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav during ceremony, Kushinagar, India, December 13, 2013. Photo by Andy Melnic.
Lama Zopa Rinpoche and Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav during ceremony, Kushinagar, India, December 13, 2013. Photo by Andy Melnic.
100,000 people came to the Maitreya Project ceremony, Kushinagar, Uttar Pradesh, India, December 13, 2013. Photo by Andy Melnic.
100,000 people came to the Maitreya Project ceremony, Kushinagar, Uttar Pradesh, India, December 13, 2013. Photo by Andy Melnic.
Dignitaries at Maitreya Project Foundation Stone Laying Ceremony, including Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav with Lama Zopa Rinpoche, Kushinagar, India, December 13, 2013. Photo by Andy Melnic.
Dignitaries at Maitreya Project Foundation Stone Laying Ceremony, including Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav with Lama Zopa Rinpoche, Kushinagar, India, December 13, 2013. Photo by Andy Melnic.
Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav with Lama Zopa Rinpoche at ceremony for Maitreya Project, Kushinagar, India, December 13, 2013. Photo by Andy Melnic.
Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav with Lama Zopa Rinpoche at ceremony for Maitreya Project, Kushinagar, India, December 13, 2013. Photo by Andy Melnic.
Maitreya Project Foundation Stone Laying Ceremony, Kushinagar, Uttar Pradesh, India, December 13, 2013. Photo by Rigzin Samphel.
Maitreya Project Foundation Stone Laying Ceremony, Kushinagar, Uttar Pradesh, India, December 13, 2013. Photo by Rigzin Samphel.
Laying the symbolic foundation stone for the Maitreya Project, Kushinagar, India, December 13, 2013. Photo by Rigzin Samphel.
Laying the symbolic foundation stone for the Maitreya Project, Kushinagar, India, December 13, 2013. Photo by Rigzin Samphel.
Lama Zopa Rinopche at ceremony for Maitreya Project, Kushinagar, India, December 13, 2013. Photo by Andy Melnic.
Lama Zopa Rinopche at ceremony for Maitreya Project, Kushinagar, India, December 13, 2013. Photo by Andy Melnic.
Lama Zopa Rinpoche speaking at ceremony with Ven. Kabir Saxena providing interpretation, Kushinagar, India, December 13, 2013. Photo by Andy Melnic.
Lama Zopa Rinpoche speaking at ceremony with Ven. Kabir Saxena providing interpretation, Kushinagar, India, December 13, 2013. Photo by Andy Melnic.
Lama Zopa Rinpoche addresses audience of 100,000, Kushinagar, India, December 13, 2013. Photo by Andy Melnic.
Lama Zopa Rinpoche addresses audience of 100,000, Kushinagar, India, December 13, 2013. Photo by Andy Melnic.
Lama Zopa Rinpoche at Maitreya Project Foundation Stone Laying Ceremony, Kushinagar, India, December 13, 2013. Photo by Andy Melnic.
Lama Zopa Rinpoche at Maitreya Project Foundation Stone Laying Ceremony, Kushinagar, India, December 13, 2013. Photo by Andy Melnic.
Lama Zopa Rinpoche after ceremony, Kushinagar, India, December 13, 2013. Photo by Andy Melnic.
Lama Zopa Rinpoche after ceremony, Kushinagar, India, December 13, 2013. Photo by Andy Melnic.
Lama Zopa Rinpoche after ceremony, Kushinagar, India, December 13, 2013. Photo by Andy Melnic.
Lama Zopa Rinpoche after ceremony, Kushinagar, India, December 13, 2013. Photo by Andy Melnic.
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