The Jade Buddha World Tour at Khong Viet Temple, in Jessheim, Norway.
This was photographed during the only night, during the world tour in Norway, that had a perfectly
cloud-free sky with sparkling stars. I set up my equipment 2 in the morning, the darkest hour during the summer months.
This particular photograph was the only one that was successful, amongst another high ISO exposure and the last being a 60min. long exposure. The two others failed due to very high humidity which left the camera, and lens, completely wet within half an hour.
Anyway, I felt very fortunate to even have made only one unique photograph of the Jade Buddha.
The Jade Buddha for Universal Peace is the largest Buddha statue carved from gemstone quality jade in the world (2,7 m. high, 4 tonnes). The jade is from Canada and the statue itself was carved by skilled craftsmen in Thailand. The Buddha inside the Mahabodhi Stupa in Bodh Gaya, India, was the model for the Great Jade Buddha.
“The purpose of exhibiting the Jade Buddha around the world is for everyone, irrespective of their religion, to take a moment to reflect upon peace; peace for the world; peace in their relationships; peace for their families and friends; peace at work; peace in their mind. We hope that such positive inspiration will bring joy and motivation in the lives of those who are able to see the Jade Buddha.”
The Jade Buddha World Tour has already visited several countries,
including USA, Australia, Vietnam, Canada, Germany, Norway and is for
the time being in Gothenburg, Sweden. Just before it arrived in
Norway, it was involved in a serious traffic accident and was restored
by skilled craftsmen before continuing the world tour to Norway.
The Tibetan Lama Zopa Rinpoche stated about the accident: “It’s not the damage to Buddha, Buddha is enlightened, nobody can damage Buddha. The damage is to us. That is our ordinary view”.
I highly recommend every one of your, no matter belief, to visit the
Jade Buddha if you have the opportunity.
If not as a Buddhist, it still is a remarkable and utterly beautiful piece of art.
Copyright © Seung Kye Lee.
The photograph must not be used without permission.