The Jade Buddha for Universal Peace, a nearly 8-foot tall smiling statue of Buddha carved from gemstone-quality jade, is on display in Charlotte at Minh Dang Quang monastery, 4310 W. Sugar Creek Road, through May 17.
Visitors are welcome from 6 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. each day and there’s no charge.
At the Grand Opening of the Jade Buddha for Universal Peace Exhibit pic.twitter.com/CNnMLLiwDn
— LaWana Mayfield (@lawanamayfield) May 9, 2015
-The Jade Buddha has been on a world tour since 2009. This is its second visit to Charlotte. It was at Liên Hoa Temple five years ago.
-It weighs 4 tons and was carved from an 18-ton boulder of jade that was found in Canada in 2000. It was carved in Thailand.
-It’s super popular. Nearly 8 million people have seen the statue. Organizers expect as many as 10,000 people will visit it in Charlotte.
-Buddhism is the fourth-largest religion in the world.
They said it
“Our idea is to be able to take the Buddha to the people” -Ian Green, the Australian-born founder of the Jade Buddha project.
Go see it. If it means this much to this many people, it must be worth checking out. And it looks beautiful.
Photos: Robert Lahser/Charlotte Observer