The Jade Buddha for Universal Peace,
which Buddhists say is the largest Buddha
carved from gemstone-quality jade in the world, ended its Portland visit today.
So how big is the statue, you may ask. Try 11 feet tall and 4.5 tons. The statue has been on display at the new Tinh Xa Ngoc Son temple off Southeast 82nd Avenue and Harney Street since arriving on Sept. 4. Temple officials estimate 30,000 visitors viewed the big jade Buddha.
Tha Dalai Lama consecrated the Jade Buddha in Sydney, Australia in December 2008 before it began its world tour for peace. The tour began in Vietnam where an estimated 4 million people paid homage to the statue. The Buddha will go to San Jose this evening before making other stops in the United States, Europe and Asia. The statue will eventually stay at the Great Stupa of Universal Compassion in Victoria, Australia, a large mound-like structure used to house relics.
The statue was carved from a rare 18-ton boulder of translucent jade found in Canada in 2000 and modeled after a famous Buddha in India that is universally recognized by all denominations of Buddhists, according to the statue's website