The Jade Buddha -- seen above with the Dalai Lama, in Australia, was recently in Southern California, drawing substantial crowds at a Vientnamese temple in Escondido (north of San Diego). There is rather a fascinating story behind this image, and it is worth a look to learn more. This image was carved in Thailand from one single block of the so-called "polar" jade (nephrite that very much resembles Burmese jadeite), mined near the Arctic Circle. It is the largest Buddha in the world to be carved from such gemstone quality jade. The image is now in Florida, and you can get the complete tour schedule by clicking here.
Posted by Anila