Original Buddhas

Jade Buddha Temple

reclining buddha statue jade buddha temple

View our Buddha Statues in our gallery

Jade Buddha Temple is a Buddhist temple situated in Shanghai, China. The temple was established in the late 19th century, initially housed two Buddha statues made up of Jade which was imported from Burma. The statues are in sitting and reclining position. The statue with sitting position has the height of 1.95 m. In addition to this, the temple has larger reclining Buddha statue made up of marble. This statue was donated by Singapore.

Historical background of Jade Buddha Temple

jade buddha statue

It was recorded that a Buddhist monk named Huigen set off for the pilgrimage to Tibet via Mt. Wutai and Mt. Emei. After Tibet, he then visited Burma and was gifted five Buddha statues made up of jade by an overseas Chinese resident in Burma, Chen Jun-Pu. Huigen then transported two of the statue to Jiang-wan, Shanghai. The temple was then built with the help of donations. This temple was uprising during the early 20th century and later on, the statue was moved to Maigen Road.

Later the Buddhist monk, Kechen also built new Buddhist temple with the support from Sheng Xuanhuai, a senior official in the Qing imperial court. They built houses with thatched roofs at Yizhou Pond by the Zhuanghuabang River in the northeast of Shanghai. The constructions took about ten years, from 1918-1928. After completion, Kechen also invited Reverend Dixian from Mt. Tiantai to give a lecture on Buddhism in a grand ceremony.

The people have observed various events in the temple complex. In 1956 BCE, Shanghai Buddhist Association organized the ceremony to celebrate the 2500th anniversary of the Buddha's enlightenment. Likewise, in 1966 BCE, during the Cultural Revolution, the monks made a living by selling handicrafts. In 1983, the Shanghai Institute of Buddhism was established at the temple under the Shanghai Buddhist Association. In 1985, After the return of the monk Zhizhi Xuan and others from the trip, regular scripture lectures, meditation and other features of temple life was resumed.

Architectural features of the Temple

The temple layout can be categorized into Chamber of Four Heavenly Kings, Grand Hall, and Jade Buddha Chamber.

Chamber of Four Heavenly Kings

This chamber is located on the southern edge of the temple. The chamber of Four Heavenly Kings contains the statues of Maitreya Buddha, Skanda, and the Four Heavenly Kings. These icons represent favorable circumstances.

Grand Hall

The Grand Hall is also popularly known as the Great Hall which contains various statues in the different theme. The grand hall consists of statues of three golden Buddhas- Gautam Buddha, Amitabha Buddha, and the Bhaisajyaguru Buddha. Among these Buddha statues, Gautam Buddha is placed in the middle while Amitabha is in the left and Bhaisajyaguru is in the right.

The hall also houses statues of Gods of the Twenty Heavens which is glided with gold. These statues are placed on the eastern and western sides of the Grand Hall.

The hall also houses statues of 18 Arhats which is also glided with gold and stands in two groups of nine. The other statues are the statues of Guanyin, Sudhana, and his 53 teachers. The statue of Guanyin stands at the northern entrance to the Great Hall and statue of Sudhana is placed next to Guanyin. The statues of the 53 teachers have placed above of them.

View our collections of statues and arts in our gallery

Jade Buddha Chamber

This chamber housing Jade Buddha statue is located in the northern section of the Temple of the second floor. This chamber houses Jade Buddha statue which was imported from Burma. The chamber also houses additional Buddhist sculptures.

Recent additions

The Public restaurant is built on level two at the eastern edge of the temple and is equipped with its own street entrance.

Share this page

Our collections of Buddha statues and arts

Special large bronze Maitreya Buddha statue

8,000 euro

Antique wooden Burmese Mandalay Buddha

750 euro

Special antique marble Burmese Buddha head

5,200 euro

Antique Nepali Praying Wheel

265 euro

Antique Burmese Opium Weight

75 euro

Old bronze Nepali Buddha statue

275 euro

Antique marble Burmese Monk statue

900 euro

Old bronze Nepali Buddha statue

850 euro

Special antique bronze Opium Weight

250 euro

Antique wooden Thai Buddha statue

350 euro

Antique bronze Indian Ganesha statue

75 euro

Special antique bronze Burmese Monk statue

2,500 euro

Old bronze Nepali Bodhisattva statue

400 euro

Antique wooden Burmese Buddha statue

975 euro

Antique wooden Burmese offering vessel

400 euro

Antique bronze Thai Buddha statue

300 euro

Antique wooden Thai Lanna Buddha statue

275 euro

Old bronze Nepali Chenrezig statue

3,500 euro

Old wooden Burmese Buddha statue

175 euro

Bronze Ganesha

300 euro

Antique bronze Thai Buddha on Naga snake

500 euro

Antique Burmese limestone Buddha statue

400 euro

Very beautiful and detailed porcelain Guan Yin statue

350 euro

Antique bronze Opiumweight

75 euro

Antique bronze Burmese Buddha statue

3,000 euro

Antique Burmese Buddha statue on throne

2,750 euro

Special antique bronze Shan Buddha

3,000 euro

Set of 6 antique bronze Opium Weights

350 euro

Antique bronze Thai Buddha statue

300 euro

Antique Nyaung-Yan Buddha

950 euro
arrow-right keyboard_arrow_right arrow-down chevron-down keyboard_arrow_down chevron-up arrow-left keyboard_arrow_left close menu search twitter facebook youtube-play linkedin envelope instagram google-plus pinterest whatsapp heart-o Wishlist share file-pdf-o printer trash