This is a life-size lavish jewel-encrusted statue of Buddha as a twelve year-old Gautama. Legend states that it was actually blessed by Buddha himself while he was still alive. Consequently it is ridiculously sacred. Pilgrims flock to glimpse it and bask in its glory — even just a little peep will shower you with a lifetime of blessings.
The statue has had a full rich life — it was handcrafted in India, hauled to Tibet in a handcart, hidden in secret places and almost demolished by the Chinese Red Army. It now lives in Jokhang Temple and is well worth a look the next time you visit.
Jowo Rinpoche Facts and Figures
Name: Jowo Rinpoche
Pronunciation: Coming soon
Alternative names: Jo-Rinpoche, Jowo-Shakyamuni
Celebration or Feast Day: Unknown at present
Role: Unknown at present
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Article last revised on November 18, 2018 by Rowan Allen.
Editors: Peter J. Allen, Chas Saunders
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