The new lion statues arrived at Sakya Monastery on May 5, 2011. The statues, weighing over a half ton each, are made of marble and were custom made for Sakya Monastery by an artist in Asia. The snow lion is a national symbol of Tibet. H.H. Dagchen Rinpoche requested that they stand at the entrance to Sakya Monastery as a representation of Tibetan religion, culture and protection.