First Hawaiian Bank Headquarters, Honolulu
There are many kinds of idols
I went to visit what some might call an idol.
"Better than a thousand hollow words,
is one word that brings peace."
The Jade Buddha for Universal Peace & Happiness
was visiting Honolulu for two days this past weekend.
The giant bodhisattva (Sanskrit: बोधिसत्त्व)
stands at almost 9 feet tall and weighs around 4 tons.
It was carved from the world's largest jade gemstone known as the "Polar Jade" and is valued at $5 million.
"Just as treasures are uncovered
from the earth,
so virtue appears from good deeds,
and wisdom appears
from a pure and peaceful mind."
I felt very polite and respectful.
This was a religious experience for some, after all.
"The way is not in the sky.
The way is in the heart."
But it was far from solemn.
It was more like a family reunion, said to bring
for believer and non-believer alike
who came into the presence.
"Thousands of candles can be lit
from a single candle,
and the life of the candle will not be shortened.
Happiness never decreases by being shared."
I came to see the Buddha,
but found myself EXPERIENCING something
on an energetic level.
These photos don't convey
the amazing scale of the object.
I felt very touched and uplifted.
A female Buddhist monk
came up to me and gave me the photo
I have reproduced above.
The orbs appearing around the statue
are said to be angels and such
Universal Peace & Happiness!
Wishing you all the best, cloudia