Thursday, 26 January 2012

The final day of the Jade Buddha Exhibition is today!

The once-in-a-lifetime event, the visit of the Jade Buddha of Universal Peace to Singapore, has finally come to a successful finale. The two-week exhibition has seen thousands and thousands of Singaporeans and visitors thronged to Ngee Ann City in Orchard Road to have a glimpse of the amazing largest Jade Buddha in the world and to receive his blessings. Today is the final day of the exhibition. If you have not made the connection with the Jade Buddha, do not miss this precious opportunity by today, as the exhibition will close at 10pm.  

This is the reknown Jade Buddha of Universal Peace, who has visited many countries across the globe and given blessings to millions and millions of people.  Carved from one single piece of jade called Polar Pride, the Jade Buddha is the exact replica of Shakyamuni Buddha in Bodhgaya, the very place where the Buddha gained enlightenment. By making the connection with the Jade Buddha, we are making the cause and condition to meet the Buddha Dharma again and again till we achieve enlightenment. 
At the opening ceremony of the Jade Buddha Exhibition, representatives of the nine religious orders offered their prayers for world peace.

The ceremony was graced by Minister of Education, Mr Heng Swee Keat, former President, SR Nathan, as well as Mrs Goh Chok Tong among other dignitaries. This exhibition was organised by Amitabha Buddhist Centre and the host for the night was celebrity Nadya Hutalagung. 

The beautiful sand mandala of the 1000-armed Chenrezig (Kuan Yin) was meticulously constructed by the nuns of Kopan Monastery over a period of few days. If you are there, do circumambulate around the blessed sand mandala 3 times.

Beautiful light offerings to the Jade Buddha. 

Beautiful flower offerings to the Jade Buddha. 

Amitabha Buddhist Centre has pledged more than 50,000kg of rice for distribution to 8 designated charities among both Buddhist and non-Buddhist communities in Singapore, which include; Brighthill Evergreen Home, Buddhist Lodge, Geylang East Home for the Aged, Jamiyah Singapore, Man Fatt Tong Nursing, Shan You Counselling Centre, Sun Love Home and Willing Hearts.

One of the highlights of the exhibition was the Lama Dance, performed by the monks and nuns of Kopan Monastery, to dispel obstacles as well as in tribute and veneration to the Jade Buddha and for world peace.

Dharma books and information was shared during the exhibition, and for devotees to make connection with the Three Jewels.  

Many holy objects which were blessed and consecrated, were made available for sponsorship. There was a huge demand and interest among the visitors in inviting holy objects home during the Chinese New Year. 

Thousands and thousands of Singaporeans as well as foreign visitors took time to visit the exhibition. Rejoice in all the visitors who had the affinity to witness the glory of the Jade Buddha. 

Our friendly and tireless guru, Khen Rinpoche Geshe Chonyi, who is the Abbot of Kopan Monastery, visited the grounds of the Jade Buddha Exhibition everyday, blessing devotees and the holy objects they sponsored, and thus allowing devotees to make connection with him as well as the Triple Gem.

Khen Rinpoche was literally mobbed wherever he appeared, as devotees seek blessings and consultation from him. I witnessed how he took the time to bless and pray for each devotee, whether he/she is a child, a troubled devotee or an elder in a wheelchair. He spent 5 hours blessing the crowd (who kept coming) with a small Jade Buddha without taking a break. 

Monks and nuns of Kopan Monastery who were very hardworking during the entire Exhibition.

I only managed to capture a little orb from my several photos of the Jade Buddha. Perhaps you have also captured the beauty and magnificent aura of the Jade Buddha too?  

This is Maitreya Buddha, the Future Buddha, fronting the entrance of the Jade Buddha Exhibition, surrounded by many holy relics of Shakyamuni Buddha, arhats, as well as high lamas. Among them, were many relics of our very own guru, the former abbot of Kopan Monastery, Khensur Rinpoche Lama Lhundrup, who entered into Parinirvana last September and who manifested a myraid of holy relics.

Here is one of the relics of Khensur Rinpoche Lama Lhundrup - the largest relic is his eyeball relic - which was left unburnt. Notice the several holy colourful orbs surrounding the amazing relic? Do not miss the chance to view the precious relics and be blessed.

It was an incredible experience for the many volunteers who contributed their time and effort during this CNY period to help out in the Exhibition. Rejoice in everyone's hard work and merits! 

This is dedicated to all the sponsors and volunteers and benefactors of this Jade Buddha Exhibition, everyone who made it possible for this event to actualize and to benefit all beings.

Most importantly, this Jade Buddha Exhibition would not have been possible without the blessings from our precious guru, the spiritual director of FPMT Amitabha Buddhist Centre, Kyabje Lama Zopa Rinpoche. We are serving our guru to repay his kindness, as well as ultimately paying homage to all the Buddhas of the past, present and future. 

Lama Zopa Rinpoche sent a message during this Jade Buddha Exhibition :

"Whatever one offers [to a statue of Buddha], whether it is tiny or big, it causes happiness from beginningless rebirth up to now. This refers to temporary happiness, on top of that, the cause of ultimate happiness, liberation from suffering and the causes of suffering, and full enlightenment, for the sake of all sentient beings.  Then you are able to liberate numberless sentient beings from suffering and bring to enlightenment, and of course this includes achieving worldly people's small happiness; it is all contained here.

These are some of the benefits of coming here and seeing the Jade Buddha."

With much love and prayers, 
Lama Zopa Rinpoche
Bodhgaya, 19 Jan 2012. 

My earlier post on the Jade Buddha. 

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