Shanghai and the Jade Buddha Temple (玉佛禅寺)
An exciting time was had by all as 250 USSD Instructors, students and family members embarked on a 12-day trek across China from June 29 to July 10, 2013. The first stop was in Shanghai. Here everyone was treated to the wonders of the Shanghai Jade Buddha Temple (玉佛禅寺),
In 1882, an old temple was built to keep two jade Buddha statues which had been brought from Burma by a monk named Huigen. The temple was destroyed during the revolution that overthrew the Qing Dynasty. Fortunately, the statues were saved and a new temple was built on the present site in 1928. It was named the Jade Buddha Temple.
Layout of the Temple
- Chamber of Four Heavenly Kings
- Grand Hall (Great Hall) This area of the temple contains many statues
- Three Golden Buddhas Amitabha (left), The Buddha (center), Bhaisajyaguru (right).
- Gods of the Twenty Heavens are covered in gold, and they line the eastern and western sides of the Grand Hall.
- 18 Arhats standing in two groups of nine are 18 golden arhats
- Guanyin, Sudhana and his 53 teachers A statue of Guanyin is at northern entrance to the Great Hall, with Sudhana at Guanyin’s side and sculptures representing the 53 teachers of his life above.
- Jade Buddha Chamber on the second floor of the northern section of the temple.
- Public restaurant