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The Giant Jade Buddha for Universal Peace
“one of the largest and most magnificent Buddhas ever carved from gemstone-quality true jade. The Buddha, including lotus and throne will be nearly 3.5 metres (11.4 feet) tall. The Jade Buddha has been carved from one great boulder known as “Polar Pride”. It is a wonder of the world.“
The highest Bodhisattva Kwan Yin statue will be completed this year’s end.
The statue is 65 metres (over 213 feet) high, equivalent to a 30-storey building. Its bottom diameter is 30 metres (over 98 feet).
This is the second huge Buddha statue in Vietnam, next to the statue of the Maitreya on Cam Mountain in the southern province of An Giang, which is 33.36m (over 109 feet) high, made by sculptors Thuy Lam and Chau Viet Thanh.
The statue of Bodhisattva Kwan Yin in Da Nang will be recognized as a national record.
The statue, called The Jade Buddha for Universal Peace, measures 3.5 meters (11.48 feet) tall, including the lotus base and fan throne, and weighs 4.65 tons.
The statue is modeled on the Siddhartha Gautama Buddha inside the Mahabodhi Stupa in Bodhgaya, India.
It is carved from an 18-ton Nephrite jade boulder called Polar Pride, first found in Canada in 2000 and considered the world’s largest piece of pure jade.
The statue’s initiator, Nepalese Lama Zopa Rinpoche, said it would illuminate the world and bring peace, happiness and solace and help prevent destruction, including war.
Rinpoche, who had reportedly dreamed of a shining jade boulder in Canada before the discovery, persuaded an Australian Buddhist named Ian Green to carve the Polar Pride into a Buddha.
The rock was transported in late 2006 from Vancouver, Canada to Bangkok, Thailand, where Thai sculptors finished the statue a full two years later.
The statue started the world tour in March 2009, after the Blessing Ceremony in Thailand. Vietnam was the first country to receive such an honor to welcome the Giant Jade Buddha for Universal Peace. The giant statue first visited Quán Thế Âm (Avalokitesvara) Temple on the occasion of the Goddess of Mercy Festival, March 13th-15th, 2009.
The statue will be traveling to other Temples in Vietnam before going to Australia.
According to VietNamNet/SGGP, the 18-ton jade boulder was worth US$1 million, and the statue was sculpted by 27 Thai and Australian artists at a cost of US$1.2 million.
For more information about the Jade Buddha for Universal Peace project and World Tour dates, please visit jadebuddha.org.au
Article source: http://www.lookatvietnam.com
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Sau 6 năm trời miệt mài nghiên cứu, nghệ nhân Zha (Lanzhou, Gansu, Trung Quốc) đã tìm ra cách nuôi trồng những giàn bầu, bí cho ra nhiều trái có đủ mọi hình dạng khác nhau từ hình trái bóng, quân cờ, tới hình tượng đức Phật.
Nghệ nhân Zha cho biết đây là những tác phẩm tâm huyết của ông, đặc biệt là những trái bí có hình tượng đức Phật Di lặc như trong hình vẽ. Để gây trồng được những trái bầu bí như thế này, ông Zha phải bỏ ra một thời gian rất dài nghiên cứu và tốn không ít công sức.
Nhiều bạn trẻ khi được ngắm nhìn những tác phẩm nghệ thuật ngộ nghĩnh và kì lạ này đã tình nguyện làm học trò của vị nghệ nhân tài hoa xứ Gansu, Trung Quốc.
ROCHESTER, Minn. — The Cambodian Buddhist community in Rochester is abuzz over what they believe is a miracle: a wasp nest in the shape of a seated Buddha built in the eaves of their temple. The nest was spotted last week. Elder members of the community say they have never seen an apparition of the Buddha in their lifetimes.
Seventy-year-old Voeun Sor of Rochester says the hive shows the Buddha is trying to tell everybody to seek peace in their lives.
Robert Jeanne is an entomology professor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He says the Buddha-shaped hive could actually be four different nests formed over a couple of years. He says if someone wants to read miracles into that, that’s their privilege.
Moeun Ngop is a 76-year-old monk. He has a more mystical take. He says the insects are trying to communicate Buddha’s message.