Inside the hall are three reclining Buddha statues, a larger one and two smaller one. The larger one was brought from Singapore in 1989 by the tenth abbot Venerable Master Zhenchan.
Carved from a whole piece of jade, this statue is 405 centimeters in length and 6 tons in weight. Similar to the smaller one in terms of shape, the statue features the buddha lying on the right side with the right hand supporting the head and the left hand placing on the left thigh. This shape is called the “auspicious pose”, with the sedate face showing completeness of Sakyamuni’s attaining nirvana.
On both sides of the larger buddha are the small reclining buddhas. As it is known to all, Shanghai Jade Buddha Temple was named after the jade Buddha statue.
However, when talking about this, what comes to many people’s mind is the seated Sakyamuni Buddha treasured in the temple. It was mentioned in the last episode that Venerable Master Huigen shipped two jade Buddha statues back to China from Burma, i.e., one larger statue of seated Buddha and one smaller statue of reclining Buddha. The smaller statue is what we see now enshrined in this Reclining Buddha Hall.
This statue, wearing thin clothes with loose sleeves, is 96 centimeters long and carved from a whole piece of Burmese jade.
He showcases the “auspicious pose” with the right hand supporting the head and left hand gently touching the cassock, giving a compassionate and stately appearance. It is worth mentioning that this statue manifests the typical style of Indian Buddhist art. The thin cassock is being vividly depicted.