Via Seattle Times
With a procession of monks and nuns, and chants and prayers, a couple hundred people gathered on the grounds of the Co Lam Pagoda for the unveiling Thursday of a most striking Buddha statue: one that’s nearly 9 feet high, weighs about 4 tons and was carved entirely out of one block of jade.
It’s called the Jade Buddha for Universal Peace. And Co Lam Pagoda, a Vietnamese Buddhist temple near the intersection of Martin Luther King Jr. Way South and South Graham Street, is its latest stop in an ongoing worldwide tour.
The block of jade was discovered in British Columbia in 2000. An Australian couple, Ian and Judy Green, who are both Buddhists, purchased it and hired carvers in Thailand to turn it into a Buddha statue. Since then, the Jade Buddha has toured Vietnam, Australia, Canada and the United States.