Minnesota Buddhist temple to welcome Jade Buddha for Buddha’s birthday; tour continues across North America through 2014
In 2000, the largest gem-quality piece of jade ever unearthed was discovered in northern Canada. The 18-ton boulder was dubbed “Polar Pride” and many years after was on its way to Thailand and an unusual destiny: to be carved into a eight-foot tall statue of Shakyamuni Buddha. The Jade Buddha for Universal Peace, as it is now known, was modeled on the main statue at the site of the Buddha’s enlightenment, in Bodh Gaya, India. The consecrated statue has been on a world tour since 2009, and this year has been displayed in North America, gracing temples in California, Texas, Louisiana, and Florida.
The Tu Vien Tay Phuong Temple in Savage, MN, will host the Jade Buddha from May 1 to 11, with an extensive public opening celebration on Saturday, May 3, from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., according to a story in the Star Tribune.
The Jade Buddha for Universal Peace will continue its journey across North America throughout 2014. For details, visit the statue’s dedicated site here.