Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Big Buddha

Aloha & Thanks for Visiting Today!

First Hawaiian Bank Headquarters, Honolulu

There are many kinds of idols

On Saturday
 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
 spiritual riches
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