The Beast in Jade Buddha Temple
Prayer Ribbons at the Jade Buddha temple. A prayer ribbon can be used for any type of spiritual request. The ribbon(s) are activated at your altar; and then placed outside, the idea is that, as the ribbons dance in the wind, your prayers are sent to Spirit. These prayers can be for protection, health, wisdom, success, and so on. The Jade Buddha Temple (Chinese: 玉佛禅寺; pinyin: Yùfó Chán Sì, literally Jade Buddha Chan Temple) is a Buddhist temple in Shanghai, China. As with many modern Chinese Buddhist temples, the current temple draws from both the Pure Land and Chan traditions of Mahayana Buddhism. It was founded in 1882 with two jade Buddha statues imported to Shanghai from Burma by sea. These were a sitting Buddha (1.95 metres tall, 3 tonnes), and a smaller reclining Buddha representing Buddha's death. The temple now also contains a much larger reclining Buddha made of marble, donated from Singapore, and visitors may mistake this larger sculpture for the original, smaller piece.