Last night Tenzin and I went to pay my respects to the Jade Buddha for Universal Peace. Lama Zopa Rinpoche requested that the Jade Buddha be created. It was carved from a single block of pure Canadian jade by Thai artisans and is travelling around the world. Since Lama Zopa Rinpoche is the Guhyasamaja Center’s founder, it’s important for our community to visit the Jade Buddha. We are so fortunate that the Jade Buddha is being hosted by a Vietnamese temple, Tu Vien Tuong Van, in peaceful Haymarket, VA. Haymarket is just a few minutes down the road from Leesburg on Route 15, it took us about 30 minutes from Reston.
We arrived just as the sun was setting. There were several hundred Vietnamese couples and families making offerings and prostrating. Several Vietnamese sangha chanted prayers at the base of the statue. A long red carpet led from the temple to the statue flanked on either side by red lotus lights. As the night fell, the smiling Buddha’s presence intensified. Just as the Flower Ornament sutra and many others describe countless buddhas in myriad buddha fields around us, photographs of the statue reveal beautiful mandalas of light in the night sky. In my mind, the magical, multi-colored lights are unquestionably buddha fields. The fact that we cannot see them with our eyes but only through photos (or at least I couldn’t) is due to our karma. But just knowing that countless Buddhas are around us as revealed in the photos is very moving and inspires great faith.
photos: @copyright Tenzin Namgyel
25 June – 18 July 2010
Tu Vien Tuong Van
2101 James Madison Hwy
Haymarket, Virginia, USA
Contact: Sister Thanh Lieu Phone: +1 571 261 2408