Thursday, 22 December 2011

Jade Buddha is coming to Singapore! 13-26 January 2012

A very exciting event is coming in 2012. The world's largest Jade Buddha is finally arriving to Singapore, right at the heart of Orchard Road! The amazing Jade Buddha for Universal Peace has been travelling around the world to bestow blessings to millions of people, and it will be on display at Ngee Ann City from 13-26 Jan 2012.  Let's find out more about this event and why the Jade Buddha is so amazing....

Amitabha Buddhist Centre (ABC), an affiliate of the worldwide FPMT (Foundation for the Preservation of the Mahayana Tradition), is exhibiting the Jade Buddha for Universal Peace, a 2.7metres tall statue of Shakyamuni Buddha which was carved from a rare boulder of translucent Polar jade discovered in Canada in 2000. It is said to be one of the largest single blocks of jade ever found. It sits on an alabaster throne of 1.4 metres high.

Lama Zopa Rinpoche
Lama Zopa Rinpoche, my precious guru, and the Spiritual Director of FPMT, had a vision of this unique piece of jade, and thus instructed it be carved into a statue of Shakyamuni Buddha and named the statue the Jade Buddha for Universal Peace. Rinpoche said this Jade Buddha will inspire all beings to follow the peaceful path and it “will illuminate the world and bring inconceivable peace and happiness and help prevent the destruction that is happening so much in the world, including war.

The 4-tonne statue, which has been valued at US$5 million, is modelled on the famous statue of Shakyamuni Buddha in Bodhgaya, India, recognised by all Buddhists to be the place of the Buddha’s enlightenment.

HH Dalai Lama consecrated the Jade Buddha
His Holiness the Dalai Lama personally consecrated the Jade Buddha in Sydney, Australia on 1 December 2009. Lama Zopa Rinpoche had advised that the Jade Buddha must be consecrated by His Holiness and the opportunity came when the organizers of Dalai Lama’s visit suggested the Jade Buddha be on stage at his teachings. His Holiness bowed to the Jade Buddha at the commencement of each teaching session.


In early 2009, the Jade Buddha for Universal Peace embarked upon a world tour. Since then, millions of people around the world have been able to experience the blessings of this modern day wonder of the world. Once the tour has concluded, the statue will move to its final home at the Great Stupa of Universal Compassion in Bendigo, Australia. The Great Stupa will be the largest Stupa in the western world (outside of Asia). It will be a symbol of peace to inspire the world for the millennia to come. 

“Mandala Lights” appear around Jade Buddha
Very unusual lights have regularly appeared in photographs taken of the Jade Buddha for Universal Peace. These lights first appeared at Quan The Am temple in Da Nang, Vietnam. They have since appeared at every showing of the Jade Buddha in Vietnam, Australia and USA.

These lights appear in a wide range of conditions and even appear inside buildings such as the Museum of Western Australia in Perth and the Sydney Entertainment Centre. But not all people seem to be able to capture these photographs. 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 while they appear to be largely white, but when enlarged they are seen to be made up of many colours. Enlargements of the lights have also shown wonderful and colourful patterns within the lights.

Now for the program of this Jade Buddha exhibition.....

OFFERING OF PRECIOUS HEAPS OF RICE TO THE BUDDHA

By making even a tiny offering of one grain of rice to a statue of the Buddha, one accumulates extensive merit. Imagine the merit gained when one offers a handful of rice – that merit is far greater. 

Then imagine how much merit is accumulated by offering heaps of rice, visualising each grain as a wish-fulfilling jewel, offering to the Buddha on behalf of countless sentient beings with the wish to achieve enlightenment for all of them!

50,000 kilograms of rice are available as offerings to the Jade Buddha statue throughout the exhibition period from 13 – 26 January 2012.  For a token of $5 per kilogram of rice, you are welcome to make an offering of rice to the Jade Buddha statue for limitless skies of merit. 

The entire bulk of 50,000kg of rice will be distributed to 8 designated charities among the multi-racial communities in Singapore at the conclusion of the exhibition of the Jade Buddha for Universal Peace.

You can make an offering on-line from 16 December 2011 till 12 January 2012. From 13 – 26 January, visit Ngee Ann City Civic Plaza for on-the-spot offerings.


SPECIAL PUJAS TO HERALD IN THE DRAGON YEAR

Special pujas are among the series of prayers and other sacred events that will accompany the exhibition. Sangha from ABC and Kopan Monastery and Nunnery will perform the following pujas in the presence of the Jade Buddha:


Tara Puja for Peace & Success
14 January 2012, Saturday 2 – 3.30 pm

Tara, female aspect of the Buddha, grants swift fulfilment to all one wishes for in this very life as she brings peace, happiness and success in all its forms. By making strong prayers to Tara, one receives her blessings for happiness in this and all future lives up to enlightenment.

Medicine Buddha Puja for Health & Longevity
15 January 2012, Sunday 2 – 3.30 pm
Prayers made to Medicine Buddha will be answered due to the power of the prayers that the Medicine Buddhas made while on the path, that they would help all sentient beings in their times of need. The healing energy associated with Medicine Buddha makes this a powerful practice for overcoming negative karma and attracting good health and success in life.


Dzambhala Puja for Wealth & Prosperity
21 January 2012, Saturday 2 – 3.30 pm

For an auspicious start to the New Year, rely on the Dzambhala wealth deity practice to receive wealth and prosperity for the priorities of this life such as work, studies and business; and for accumulating an abundance of positive qualities and merits to achieve enlightenment for the benefit of all sentient beings.




All are welcome to contribute to these auspicious pujas. At $10 per puja contribution, dedicate the pujas for yourself or on behalf of family and loved ones.  You can also contribute now, donate on-line or visit ABC office from 16 December 2011 till 12 January 2012. From 13 – 26 January, visit Ngee Ann City Civic Plaza for on-the-spot contributions.


THE BLESSING OF HOLY RELICS

“Relics will only be produced by practising. Relics are manifested and remains are left behind due to the kindness of holy beings in order for us sentient beings to collect merit and purify obscurations.” Lama Zopa Rinpoche

The Dharma manifests in countless miraculous ways to benefit sentient beings. Highly realised spiritual practitioners who pass away often leave behind holy relics among their cremated remains. Manifesting in amazing sometimes gem-like formations, these relics arise and even multiply for years afterwards. It is well known among all Buddhist traditions that Shakyamuni Buddha left behind many extremely precious relics.

As part of the exhibition of the Jade Buddha, a collection of relics from holy beings will be on display. There will also be an opportunity for the public to receive blessings from these relics every afternoon from 2 – 5 pm. A set of relics will be placed on one’s head as an act of blessing.


KUAN YIN SAND MANDALA CONSTRUCTION & VIEWING

Observe sacred art in action as monks and nuns from Kopan Monastery and Nunnery in Nepal construct a sand mandala of Kuan Yin (Chenrezig), the Buddha of Compassion. Using powder-fine coloured sand grains from a palette of vibrant colours, the Sangha will take up to one week to create a beautifully symmetrical and intricately designed mandala that is a meditative expression of Kuan Yin. The mandala can be viewed after its completion from 21 – 26 January.

Construction of Kuan Yin Sand Mandala
14 – 20 January 2012, 2 – 7 pm
Viewing of Kuan Yin Sand Mandala
21 – 26 January 2012, 10 am – 10 pm


TIBETAN SACRED DANCES

Known in Tibetan as Cham, the ‘lama dance’ is a meditative dance performed during specific rituals and ceremonies in the monasteries. These dances, performed with deliberate movements and intent, enact certain sacred rites to counter obstructive forces that hinder the life and well-being of the community. The dancers usually wear masks that depict great masters of the past or an array of meditational deities as they move in tandem to the beating of cymbals and drums. 

14 January 2012, Saturday 8.00 – 8.45 pm
17 January 2012, Tuesday 7.30 – 8.15 pm
21 January 2012, Saturday 8.00 – 8.45 pm


NEW YEAR'S EVE PROSPERITY HONGBAO GIVEAWAY

Sunday 22 January 2012, 9pm – 1am
On Lunar New Year’s Eve, join us as we enter the Year of the Dragon with a traditional Hongbao Giveaway at the Jade Buddha for Universal Peace. Opening hours are extended for this auspicious occasion. Visitors will each receive a hongbao as a token of ABC's good wishes for a prosperous and peaceful new year ahead. This hongbao gift is available on this date and time only and while stocks last.


BLESSINGS FOR THE NEW YEAR

23 January 2012, Monday 2 – 5 pm
Welcome the Year of the Dragon with positive auspicious energy – bring your family and friends to attend the Lunar New Blessing, a ceremony that will be conducted by ABC resident teacher who is also the abbot of Kopan Monastery and Nunnery in Nepal, Khen Rinpoche Geshe Chonyi.
  • Complimentary Auspicious Amulets
    In celebration of the first day of the Lunar New Year, specially blessed amulets of the Dzambhala wealth deity will be distributed for free during the Lunar New Year Blessing. This complimentary gift is available on this date and time only.

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