This week is Spring Break. That means I have been able to relax and do a few things I have been putting off. Also, this week the Dallas-area happened to host the only US stop for the rare Jade Buddha. The Jade Buddha was carved from a single piece of Canadian jade. With its base, it stands over 14 feet.
Sometimes, I think it would be neat to live in a rural area, but tours, special events, and exposure to cultural diversity are some of the big advantages of living in a large metropolitan area. For instance, some years ago, Dallas was a stop on the tour of the Reliquary of Shayamuni Buddha, as well as other Buddhist masters, such as Milarepa. Some of my sangha and our meditation teacher went to see the relics—an experience I will never forget. (In fact, I was so inspired I went twice.)
The Jade Buddha is being hosted by the Tinh Xa Ngoc Nhien Temple of Garland, Texas. I just love the Jade Buddha’s smile—very joyous and light!