The Buddha Statue of the Lama Temple

In the main hall of the Lama Temple in Beijing stands a huge, 18-meter tall Maitreya statue.  (Image:  Edward Stojakovic
 via  flickr  CC BY 2.0 )
In the main hall of the Lama Temple in Beijing stands a huge, 18-meter tall Maitreya statue. (Image: Edward Stojakovic via flickr CC BY 2.0 )

In the main hall of the Lama Temple in Beijing stands a huge, 18-meter tall Maitreya statue. Hand-carved during Qianlong Emperor’s reign of the Qing Dynasty, the statue stands tall and mighty.

The Cultural Revolution in the 1960s caused tremendous and irreparable damage to thousands of architectural and cultural treasures across China. Miraculously, both the statue and the temple survived the calamity.

Miraculously, both the statue and the temple stayed clear of the calamity and survived. (Image: Raine via flickr CC BY-NC-ND 2.0 )

Miraculously, both the statue and the temple survived the calamity of the Cultural Revolution. (Image: Raine via flickr CC BY-NC-ND 2.0 )

An old lama who lived in the Lama Temple told the following to a pious young visitor:

He went on to say:

Thereon, no others dared to return and the statue remained intact. (Image: pixabay / CC0 1.0)

Thereon, no others dared to return and the statue remained intact. (Image: pixabay / CC0 1.0)

The incident with the three red guards reminds us that if we believe in God and are kind, we have nothing to lose. On the other hand, if we don’t trust in God’s existence or harm cultivators walking on their paths to follow God, we will suffer damnation and victimization in return.

Translated by Cecilia Kwan.

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