The Jade Buddha for Universal Peace Arriving in Garland, TX

DALLAS, TX ( – The majestic 4.5 tons Jade Buddha for Universal Peace is being exhibited around the world before it is permanently rested at the Great Stupa of Universal Compassion in Bendigo, Australia.  The Jade Buddha has a valued of approximately $5 million but to most who witness the magnificent statue, it is priceless.  The brilliant emerald-green Jade Buddha is currently on display at Tinh Xa Ngoc Nhien Buddhist Temple, 210 Katy Street in Garland, TX, and will be touring across the U.S. throughout 2014, including Phuoc Minh Monastery in Duson, LA after it leaves North Texas on March 16, 2014 (See below for U.S. tour dates).


The Buddha statue was carved from a rare 18 tons boulder of translucent jade, known as “Polar Jade”, and modeled from the most famous Buddha in the world, inside the Mahabodhi Stupa in Bodha Gaya (India).  The Jade Buddha for Universal Peace was first blessed in Northern Thailand before the carving process began in early 2003 and completed in December 2008.


The Jade Buddha has already been viewed  by over 7 million people around the world and has traveled around 60 cities in Vietnam, Australia, USA, Canada, Germany, Sweden, Norway, Switzerland, France, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand, Sri Lanka and India before arriving to Garland, TX this week.  From Texas, the Jade Buddha was transported through Richardson, TX near Cali Saigon Mall on the morning of March 7, 2014 before arriving at its current location in Garland, TX at Tinh Xa Ngoc Nhien Buddhist Temple. 


Hundreds of North Texas residents came out to view the once in a life time Buddha statue on its first couple of days arriving in Garland, TX.  The City of Garland, Tinh Xa Ngoc Nhien Buddhist Temple, event organizers and Asia World Media were all presents in welcoming the Jade Buddha statue with an opening ceremony and blessing by the Buddhist monks. 

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Police escort the Jade Buddha for Universal Peace to North Texas. Photo by Jarvis Jacobs

JarvisJacobs_photo-2014-JadeBuddha3Photo by Jarvis Jacobs / Special Contributor Photographer

JarvisJacobs_photo-2014-JadeBuddha2Parade of the Jade Buddha to North Texas. Photo by Jarvis Jacobs/Special Contributor Photographer

JarvisJacobs_photo-2014-JadeBuddha1Monks offering Blessing. Photo by Jarvis Jacobs / Special Contributor Photographer

“We could not believe what an honored and tremendous privileged for the City of Garland to have been chosen by the Jade Buddha of Universal Peace as the hosted city,” said Jennifer Nguyen-Chair of the City of Garland Multicultural Commission and Merna Parcon-Co-chair of the Committees for DFW Jade Buddha Exhibits. The Buddha statue will remain at the Tinh Xa Ngoc Nhien Buddhist Temple for a short time til March 16, 2014. 

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2014- Jade Buddha Tour in USA

January 2 – January 21

The Vietnamese Buddhist Congregation of The US
Trung Tam Phat Giao To Dinh Minh Dang Quang
3010 W. Harvard Street
Santa Ana, CA 92704
Contact: The Most Ven. Thich Minh Tuyen
Phone: (714) 437-9511

January 25 –  February 9

Vietnamese Buddhist Congregation of the US
Nhu Lai Meditation Temple
3340 Central Ave.
San Diego, CA 92105
Contact: Ven. Thich Minh Hoi
Phone: (619) 895-8137

February 12 – February 23

Phat Hoc Vien Bodidharma
2050 Clinton Street
Aurora, CO 80010
Contact: Ven. Thich Tri Vien
Phone: 303-367-5273

March 6 – March 16

Tinh Xa Ngoc Nhien
210 Katy Street
Garland, TX 75040
Contact: Ven. Thich Minh An
Phone: (972) 276 2900 or (503) 473 5113

March 20 – March 30

Phuoc Minh Monastery
7311 W. Congress Street
Duson, LA 70529
Contact: Ven. Thich Gioi Minh
Phone: (323) 365-7879

April 3 – April 13

Ichimura Miami-Japan Garden
1101 MacArthur Causeway
Miami, FL 33132
Contact: Mai Dechen
Phone: (786) 393-4806

April 17 – April 27

Xa Loi Temple
6310 Manor Woods Road
Frederick, MD 21703
Contact: Ven. Thich Bao Thanh
Phone: (301) 792-1095

May 1 – May 11

Tu Vien Tay Phuong
7107 150th Street West
Savage, MN 55378
Contact: Abbot Thich Hanh Duc
Phone: (952) 300-8839

May 15 – May 25

Tu Vien Linh Phong
2690 E Ten Mile Road
Warren, MI 48091
Contact: Rev. Thich Nu An Hoa
Phone: (619) 564-1720

 May 29 – June 8

The Sangha Bhiksu Buddhist Association
Thien Vien Minh Dang Quang
3495 Greenview Dr.
Lawrenville, GA 30044
Contact: Ven. Thich Minh Dat
Phone: (770) 368-0589

June 12 – June 22

Buddhist Community of Memphis and Vicinity
Quan Am Monastery
3500 S. Goodlett Road
Memphis, TN 38115
Contact: Ven. Thich Nguyen Tanh
Phone: (901) 362-8070

June 26 – July 6

Lam Ty Ni Temple
79 Margin Street
Lawrence, MA 01841
Contact: Ven. Thich Nhuan Binh
Phone: (978) 975-3874

July 10 – July 20

Linh Son Temple
100 Rivalda Rd,
North York, Ont M9M-2M8
Contact: Ven. Thich Tri Dung
Phone: (416) 748-0999

July 24 – August 3

Van Hanh Center
7605 Bull Run Drive
Centreville, VA 20121
Contact: Ven. Sakya Tri-Tue
Phone: 703-968-8460

August 6 – August 10

Watt Munisotaram
2925 220th Street East
Hampton, MN 55031
Contact: Ven. Moeng Sang
Phone: (651) 463-3101

August 14 – August 24

Linh Quang Buddhist Center
3175 W Pleasant Hill Road
Lincoln, NE 68523
Contact: Ven. Thich Phap Tri
Phone: (402) 438-4719

August 28 – September 7

Tinh Xa Ngoc Chau
4320 SE 136th Ave.
Portland, OR 97236
Contact: Rev. Thich Nu Hieu Lien
Phone: (503) 724-4972

September 11 – September 21

Buddhist Cultural Center Of The NW
Duoc Su Temple & Ten Thousand Medicine Buddha Temple
6924 42nd Ave. S.
Seattle, WA 98118
Contact: Ven. Thich Dong Trung
Phone: (206) 725-1070
Cell    : (206) 909-7828

September 25 –  October 5

Minh Dang Quang Meditation
Thien Vien Minh Dang Quang
208 S. Allentown Road
Telford, PA 18969
Phone: (267) 203-8026
Contact: Ven. Thich Minh An
Phone: (503) 789-7680
Ven. Thich Minh Tu
Phone: (503) 473-5113

October 16 – October 26

Samantabhadra Buddhist Center INC
Trung Tam Phat Giao Pho Hien
155 Quincy Ave
Braintree, MA 02184
Contact: Ven. Thich Thien Hue
Phone: (781) 848-7519

October 30 – November 9

Dai Bi Buddhist Center
3577 Whitley Road
Wylie, TX 5098
Contact: Ven. Thich Giai Ngo
Phone: (972) 412-4935

November 13, 2014 –  Jan 4, 2015

Vietnamese Bhikkhuni Buddhist Congregation
Tinh Xa Ngoc Hoa
766 S. Second Street
San Jose, CA 95112
Contact: Rev. Thich Nu Tien Lien
Phone:  (408) 295-2436 (Vietnamese)
(408) 507-2363 (English)