Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Jade Buddha world tour hits California

The Jade Buddha is currently in the Silicon Valley, San Jose (Supercarrera/Flickr.com)

Jade Buddha Tour
The "Jade Buddha for Universal Peace" is the largest Buddha carved from gemstone quality jade in the world. The Jade Buddha is almost nine feet (2.7 meters) high, weighs about four metric tons (tonne), and has been valued at $5 million. Its size and beauty make it a wonder of the world.

The Buddha inside the Mahabodhi Stupa in Bodh Gaya (India) -- where the Buddha attained enlightenment -- is the model for the Great Jade Buddha. It was chosen because it is universally recognized by all Buddhists. The purpose of exhibiting the Jade Buddha around the world is for everyone, irrespective of religion, to take a moment to reflect on peace:

  • peace in the world
  • peace in relationships
  • peace for families and friends
  • peace at work
  • peace of mind

It is hoped that such positive inspiration will bring joy and motivation for those able to see the Jade Buddha. The statue is on tour throughout major cities in Asia and Australia before it is set up at the Great Stupa of Universal Compassion in Bendigo, Australia. (See brochure for details). The newsletter Chorten contains news and insights on the building of The Great Stupa:

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