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Dharamshala: Two Tibetan monks from Namgyal monastery, Dharamsala, yesterday (September 13) arrived in Toronto, Canada, to begin the month-long preparations of the new Tibetan-Canadian Cultural Centre (TCCC), ahead of His Holiness the Dalai Lama's visit in October.

Lobsang Tendar and Tenzin Kunchok will perform a range of special ceremonies at TCCC, which is currently being renovated with the assistance of 15 to 20 volunteers.

It is expected to take the team around a month of day shifts to complete the preparations, which include 'filling' three 13-foot statues of Lord Buddha, Padmasambhava and Avalokiteshvara, and one six-foot statue and 21 one-and-a-half-foot statues of Tara. Relics used to fill the statues will include mantra scrolls, incense and juniper leaves.

TCCC is a not-for-profit charity, dedicated to preserving and sharing Tibetan culture and traditions in Canada while fostering cross-cultural understanding through the practice of the Tibetan values of altruism, compassion and harmony.

His Holiness the Dalai Lama will inaugurate the centre on October 23 as part of his North America tour.

For details of the centre and His Holiness' Canadian itinerary, visit