Jade Buddha for Universal Peace is a jade statue of the Gautama Buddha sourced from northern Canada in 2000 and later carved by Thai artisans. It is made of polar jade, which is a kind of Nephrite. It stands 7 feet high and is valued at more than a $5 million. This five ton statue was created for the Great Stupa of Universal Compassion in Bendigo, Victoria in Australia. Its model is the Buddha statue of the Mahabodhi Temple in Bodh Gaya, India. The statue is currently touring the world.
Unusual lights have allegedly appeared in photographs taken of the Jade Buddha. These lights allegedly first appeared at Quán Thế Âm temple in Đà Nẵng. They have since been sighted at every showing of the Jade Buddha in Vietnam, Australia and USA. These lights appear in a wide range of conditions and are even claimed to appear inside buildings such as the Museum of Western Australia in Perth and the Sydney Entertainment Centre. The lights have been called “Mandala Lights” because of the symmetrical design which has a similarity to a Buddhist mandala. The lights appear to be semi-transparent, and when enlarged they seem to be made up of many colours.
The purpose of exhibiting the Jade Buddha around the world is for visitors, irrespective of their religion, to take a moment to reflect upon Peace; Peace for the Universe; Peace in Personal Relationships; Peace for Families and Friends; Peace at Work; and most importantly Peace in one's own heart and mind. Visitors may also simply receive the connection to the Jade stone that is often considered the Gem of Heaven and is a symbolic link between Humanity and Spirituality. A mineral associated with Longevity, Beauty, worth and Love. Jade is believed to have great Medicinal Properties for the Kidney which aids in blood detoxification, and which works with the heart and nervous system. These healing properties have kept Jade on a different level among the gem stones.
WISDOM / NIRVANA
• CATHOLIC CHURCH • JEWISH TEMPLE • TRINITY CHURCH • HINDU TEMPLE • MUSLIM MOSQUE • BUDDHIST TEMPLES •
PEACE ART MURALS
GREEN TARA is A Precious 4-ton 4-ft. Magical Sculpture of Green Tara, “TARA is a Bodhisattva embodying compassion in the female form of a young goddess”.
GREEN TARA is the gentle and heartfelt Bodhisattva Tara, born from the tears of Avalokitesvara, the Bodhisattva of compassion. She offers us a hand to lift us up to a mountain of enlightenment qualities. Tara belongs to the Karma family of unobstructed compassionate activity, symbolized by her green color and is the Wisdom Consort of the Transcendental Buddha Amogasiddhi. In a previous eon, in the presence of the Buddha Nga Dra, the beat of the Drum, she took the vow to only incarnate in a female form to ceaselessly protect beings from the fears of samsaric life and to guide them upon the path of enlightenment. She is known as the Swift One, due to her immediate response to those who request her aid. She is none other than the mothers of the Buddhas of the past, present and future; the Great Mother, the Prajnaparamita, the matrix of ultimate truth itself, Shunyata. She sits on a lotus flower with her left leg resting on her right thigh and her right leg steps down gracefully out in front of her. Her left hand is held in front of her heart with palm outward, thumb and ring finger touching so the other three fingers point upwards in the mudra of granting refuge. Her right hand rests on her right knee with the palm facing upward in the mudra of generosity.
BUDDHA RELICS were found from among the cremation ashes of Buddhist teachers/masters. They come in forms of beautiful, pearl- like crystals balls. These relics embody these masters’ and teachers’ spiritual qualities of Perfect Wisdom and Great Compassions. They carry the energies of auspicious healing. Viewers often receive the healing from these energies, when they are in the presence of these relics. While some viewers are inspired to pray for world peace and to develop their inner wisdom, others are overcome by emotion as the powerful effects of the relics open their hearts to compassion and loving-kindness.
Muslim Leader, Hindi Priest, Jewish Rabi, Chinese Monks & Nuns, VietNamese Monks & Nuns, Tibetan Monks, Catholic Priest, Thai Monks — We aim for the auspicious common aim for ALL religions is an aim that everyone must try to find, is to reach Equanimity with total surrendering to the practice of No Aversion and No Attachment. Achieving Perfect Wisdom and Great Compassions of Tolerance and Acceptance."
Peace Art Murals by Mang, http://www.peacemural.org/category/murals/mang-mural/
“This is fabulous and so important. The impact of decisions to promote war and violence must see the light of day. When perpetrators can hide behind closed doors the public can permit itself to turn a blind eye. This exhibit obligates the viewer to make a choice to act and be part of the solution or not act and be part of the problem”.
The chanting of Chod. Chod literally means “to cut off.” This practice is designed to cut off all ego involvement and defilement. It is a prayer for loving kindness, compassion, and the mind’s enlightenment. This prayer is used when one meditates on selflessness and removes self-cherishing ego by visualizing the sacrifice of one’s body for the benefit of others. We know, it sounds sort of intense, but it is incredibly soothing.
This dance is said to have appeared in the dream on the Fifth Dalai Lama. The striking yet colorful performer wears a white-beard mask to represent Saint Thanton Gyalpo, the founder of Tibetan opera, who reputedly lived 140 years and symbolizes good health. The dance is intended to bring good luck and omens, specifically to inaugurate special occasions.
Sacred Music of Chanting & Instruments are the the sacred music for healing and praying for World Peace. Then a final mantra with the audience, “Om Mani Padme Hum,” which translates to “Hail to the Jewel of the Lotus.”
The Sand Mandala - Mandalas constructed from sand are unique to Tibetan Buddhism and are believed to effect purification and healing. Typically, a great teacher chooses the specific mandala to be created. Monks then begin construction of the sand mandala by consecrating the site with sacred chants and music. Next, they make a detailed drawing from memory. Over a number of days, they fill in the design with millions of grains of colored sand. At its completion, the mandala is consecrated. The monks then enact the impermanent nature of existence by sweeping up the colored grains and dispersing them in flowing water.
How Mandalas Heal
According to Buddhist scripture, sand mandalas transmit positive energies to the environment and to the people who view them. While constructing a mandala, Buddhist monks chant and meditate to invoke the divine energies of the deities residing within the mandala. The monks then ask for the deities' healing blessings. A mandala's healing power extends to the whole world even before it is swept up and dispersed into flowing water—a further expression of sharing the mandala's blessings with all.
Incorporating ground colored stones, sand Mandalas are intricate representations of Tibetan cosmology that reflect higher states of consciousness. Interfaith World Peace Mandala invokes dialogue and the work of nonviolent peacemaking and compassion, thereby promoting the well-being of all sentient beings. Visitors will be able watch as the monks painstakingly guide the sand through funnel-shaped metal tools known as chakpurs, to create the delicate designs that form the large Peace Mandala.
SAND PEACE MANDALA
The Snow Lion is the mythological animal that represents Tibet (the snowy country.) This animal symbolizes the fearless but elegant quality of the enlightened mind. I couldn’t stop smiling as the Snow Lion bounced across the stage. Its image can be found in the Tibetan National Flag. The Snow Lion is the king of all beasts. It represents absolute freedom, roaming around with its eyes turned to heaven.
Tibetan Yaks are native to Himalayan Mountains of Nepal, India, and Tibet. They are highly adaptable to a variety of habitats and are very intelligent animals. They can climb altitudes of 20,000 feet and can carry 200 pounds of weight on rugged terrain, unlike horses. The unique animal is symbolic of the Tibetan spirit of strength and playfulness.