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CONSTRUCTION OF BUTTERLAMP HOUSES

Offering lamps at sacred sites has always been important to the Buddhist tradition. In 2000, the Bodhgaya Temple Management Committee asked that the burning of butter lamps be moved from directly beneath the Bodhi Tree, as the health of the tree was beginning to suffer due to the large number of pilgrims making such offerings. Over a period of three years, from 2003 to 2005, a series of seven dedicated facilities were constructed to the south of the Mahabodhi Temple. In 2009 Light of Buddhadharma Foundation International completed work on the complex with the construction of an eighth house, and the tiling of the entire area.

Every year, under the kind sponsorship of Venerable Tarthang Tulku 100,000 butterlamps are lit during the Nyingma Monlam World Peace Ceremony. He also offers 3,000 butter-lamps every month during the rest of the year.

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THESE HOUSES NEED TO BE REPAIRED ANNUALLY AS WELL AS LANDSCAPE OF THE AREA.