World's Largest Jade Buddha

By Vanessa Torres
|  Wednesday, Feb 2, 2011  |  Updated 1:45 PM PDT
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The Jade Buddha for Universal Peace is revealed in Escondido's Grape Day Park on Saturday during the opening ceremony hosted by the Vietnamese American United Buddhist Congregation.

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The Jade Buddha for Universal Peace is about to end its nine-day stay in Escondido.

This weekend is your last chance to stop by and see the 4.5 ton statue modeled after the Buddha inside the Mahabodhi Stupa in Bodh Gaya (India).

Located in Grape Day Park, the Jade Buddha stands 8 feet tall and sits on a 4.5 foot alabaster throne. It is reportedly the world’s largest Buddha carved from gemstone quality jade.
 
The carving is valued at more than $1 million and took five years to reach completion. Since it began touring in early 2009, it has attracted nearly 5 million visitors worldwide and is now making its second stop in San Diego.

The Jade Buddha will be on display at the California Center for the Arts in Escondido until Sunday, Feb. 6  with events taking place all week long. Wednesday’s festivities include a Lunar New Year’s Eve Ceremony featuring lion dancing and meditation music.

Highlights for the rest of the week include Buddhist teachings, worship ceremonies, and New Year Chanting and praying. Visit the Art Center’s website for the full schedule of events

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