Shanghai - markjohnston
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The Jade Buddha Temple [Chinese: 玉佛禅寺], located in northwest Shanghai, China, was founded in 1882 when two jade Buddha statues from Burma were brought to Shanghai by a monk named Huigen. The smaller statue is of reclining Buddha, the other is a 2-meter tall sitting Buddha. The temple now also contains a much larger reclining marble Buddha brought from Singapore by the tenth abbott of the temple in 1989.

At the northern entrance to the Great Hall stands a golden statue of Guanyin, generally known in the West as "the goddess of mercy", as she is the bodhisattva associated with compassion. The name Guanyin is short for Guanshi'yin [觀世音] which means "Observing the Sounds (or Cries) of the World". She is called Kwannon/Kannon in Japan. She is accompanied here by Shen Cai and his 53 teachers.

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