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Buddhist statue planned in Tulsa

AP, March 9, 2009

TULSA, Okla. (USA) -- The Tam-Bao Buddhist Temple plans to build a 49-foot-tall granite statue of the Buddhist goddess Quan Am.

<< An altar at the Tam Bao Buddhist Temple in Tulsa

The statue would stand on an 8-foot foundation, bringing its overall size to 57 feet, or about 3 feet shorter than the landmark praying hands statue at Oral Roberts University in Tulsa.

On March 24, the city's Board of Adjustment is to consider the final paperwork to allow the project to move forward on the grounds of the temple.

"It is our wish to have the statue put on the land, not only to benefit the Buddhist members but to attract more Americans who are interested in Buddhism, and it will beautify the city as well," said temple member Xuan Pham.

"It is our long-term goal for the next five years, we will probably build a bigger temple, so this will go better with a new temple."

Quan Am is the Bodhisattva of Compassion.

"She is the embodiment of loving kindness," Venerable Abbot Thich Duc Tri of Tam-Bao Buddhist Temple said. "The compassionate love of Quan Am Bodhisattva gives human beings more strength to eliminate suffering, to live with understanding and love to benefit ourselves and others."

<< An altar at the Tam Bao Buddhist Temple in Tulsa

The statue would stand on an 8-foot foundation, bringing its overall size to 57 feet, or about 3 feet shorter than the landmark praying hands statue at Oral Roberts University in Tulsa.

On March 24, the city's Board of Adjustment is to consider the final paperwork to allow the project to move forward on the grounds of the temple.

"It is our wish to have the statue put on the land, not only to benefit the Buddhist members but to attract more Americans who are interested in Buddhism, and it will beautify the city as well," said temple member Xuan Pham.

"It is our long-term goal for the next five years, we will probably build a bigger temple, so this will go better with a new temple."

Quan Am is the Bodhisattva of Compassion.

"She is the embodiment of loving kindness," Venerable Abbot Thich Duc Tri of Tam-Bao Buddhist Temple said. "The compassionate love of Quan Am Bodhisattva gives human beings more strength to eliminate suffering, to live with understanding and love to benefit ourselves and others."



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