“The Jade Buddha will illuminate our entire universe; it will bring extraordinary joy and happiness to all beings, and will be an instrumental part in alleviating the devastation, and harmful destruction everywhere, including war-torn damage.”This Buddha statue, sitting on a lotus-blooming throne, was carved from an intact block of nephrite jade which was proudly named “the Polar Pride”.
This block of gemstone-quality jade was found in the Northern Yukon territory of Canada in 2000; it weighed 18 tons with sparklingly brilliant colours, and not a single blemish throughout its perfect clarity. It took 8 long years, 30 workers and numerous well-known sculptors and many Buddhist scholars from Thailand, Nepal, and Australia… to finish this magnificent and massive statue, which measures 4-meter tall, and weighs 4.5 tons. The beautiful artwork was rightly name “The Jade Buddha for Universal Peace”, and it will participate in a traveling exhibition worldwide.
The statue symbolizes Sakyamuni Buddha in a full-lotus sitting position, with a very balanced and beautifully carved body features, and with a deep jade green lustre that is quite pleasant and refreshing to the viewers’ eyes. This Jade statue has the honour of becoming one of the world’s great wonders, and gains the incessant attention of all Buddhists worldwide. In the great Sutra, Buddha had said: “By just merely glancing at a sacred object, one already acquires plenty of merits. On the other hand, by respectfully prostrating and gratefully making offerings to the sacred statue of Buddha, one would earn exponential and inconceivable merits.”
Mr. Fred Ward, the famed gemologist (gemstones expert) declared that this was “an amazing discovery of the century.” Likewise, Mr. Kirk Makepeace, the stone excavation authority, and director of the company that found the Polar Pride, ascertained that this gigantic block of ornamental jade should be qualified and included in the precious items of value for mankind. He declared that the use of this rare jadeite boulder should be dictated by the world, and so he would share it with the entire universe, instead of profiting from it for his own company. The work that came from his finding is appropriately named “the Jade Buddha for Universal Peace.”
THE ITINERARY OF THE EXHIBITION
Vietnam was the first country to receive and display this revered and record-shattering sculpture. The city of Da Nang and Vung Tau were the first places to exhibit the Jade Buddha to start its long traveling showcase all over the world in the next few years. Then at Saigon, the eminent statue was on display for worshiping at Pho Quang Temple in Tan Binh district, and Hoang Phap Temple in Hoc Mon district during April of 2009. Then it was respectfully welcomed to the Van An Temple of Dong Thap City in early May, 2009.
Once completed its exhibition in Vietnam, the Jade Buddha will travel to Australia, and will be available for veneration at many large temples and other Buddhist institutions in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Perth, and Adelaide. In the year 2010, the Jade Buddha will arrive to the United States of America as well as other countries including Indonesia, Myanmar, New Zealand, and Taiwan.
This sculpture of Sakyamuni Buddha was a replica of a statue being worshiped in the Mahabodhi Stupa at Bodhi-Gaya in India, where Buddha attained enlightenment, under the direct supervisory of the Venerable Dalai Lama, and technical guidance and administration of Lama Zopa Rinpoche.
After the completion of this world tour, the splendid sculpting religious icon will reside at the Great Stupa of Universal Compassion in Bendigo, Australia. This is one of the largest stupa in the western countries outside of Asia.
The Jade Buddha will be a representation of world peace, and will be a positive inspiration and joyful motivation in the lives of all humankind for many generations to come.
“By just merely glancing at a sacred object, one already acquires plenty of merits. On the other hand, by respectfully prostrating and gratefully making offerings to the sacred statue of Buddha, one would earn exponential and innumerable merits.”
Translated to English by Viên Minh