Visitors view Tibet Relics, Statue of Maitreya Buddha, umbrella, Expo Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico

In 2005 Sogyal Rinpoche offered some precious relics of Jamyang Khyentse that he had inherited from his father Tsewang Paljor, to Lama Zopa Rinpoche. The Maitreya Project is an ambitious endeavor to erect a 500ft / 152m bronze statue of Buddha Maitreya at Kushinagar, Uttar Pradesh in northern India, large enough to accomodate temples, exhibition halls, a museum and a library. A collection of more than 1,000 Buddhist relics will be permanently housed in a shrine near its heart. Next to some important relics of the Buddha and his disciples, it will also contain remains of many masters connected in various ways with the life story of Dzongsar Jamyang Khyentse.