The First Peace Buddha
In October 1993, His Holiness the Dalai Lama consecrated the first Peace Buddha in New Delhi, the capital of India.
The golden Buddha statue under a pagoda-like canopy was dedicated by him as a symbol of gratitude to the people and government of India for their continued efforts to promote world peace and understanding.
In 1983, His Holiness first expressed the desire to erect a monument in Delhi with such a dedication. Since then, ideas had been further developed, planned and implemented by Tibet House, the cultural center of His Holiness, together with the government offices and numerous stakeholders.
The words of H.H. the Dalai Lama
In a brochure published on the occasion of the consecration of this Buddha, His Holiness the Dalai Lama has proclaimed his message, which applies mutatis mutandis to the European Peace Buddha.
The idea of the Dalai Lama
This monument was dedicated as a token of His Holiness the Dalai Lama's gratitude to the people and government of India for their continued efforts to promote world peace and understanding among peoples in 1993.
The entire structure of both the square on the island and the canopy embodies a collection of Buddhist symbols and meanings.
The Buddha statue
The Buddha statue was designed in the traditional Tibetan style. It is made of beaten copper gilded with gold and is eight feet high including the base.