Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Jade Buddha statue unveiled in France

from VietnamNet

A jade statue of the Buddha Shakyamuni sitting on a lotus throne, the largest of its kind in France, was unveiled at a ceremony at the Truc Lam Zen Monastery in Villebon sur Yvette, in southern Paris, France on February 29.

The sculptural masterpiece, measuring 99 centimetres in height and weighing 270 kilograms, was gifted to the Monastery by Buddhist follower Dang Thi Bich Hoa.

The ceremony was attended by the Deputy Foreign Minister and Head of the National Committee for Oversea Vietnamese, Nguyen Thanh Son; Vietnamese Ambassador to France Duong Chi Dung; Venerable Thich Phuoc Duong, Head of Truc Lam Zen Monastery; representatives of the Vietnamese Government’s Committee for Religious Affairs and the Mayor of Villebon sur Yvette, Dominique Fontenaille, together with Buddhist followers and pilgrims.

Speaking at the ceremony, Deputy Foreign Minister Nguyen Thanh Son said that the event highlights the solidarity that exists between Vietnamese Buddhist followers living in Vietnam and those living overseas. He also stated his desire that this bond continues to be strengthened and called on Vietnamese Buddhists to contribute to the national construction process.

Mayor Fontenaille expressed his pleasure at having the opportunity to attend the solemn and traditional Vietnamese ceremony. Mayor Fontenaille stated his desire for Truc Lam Zen Monastery to become a pilgrimage destination in France that will attract large numbers of Buddhist monks, nuns and followers.


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