In the precincts of the Great Buddha Statue, the Statues of Ten Great Disciples of Buddha stand on either side of the Great Buddha, as if protecting or following him. Of the ten standing statues, those of Sariputta and Mahamoggallana were unveiled and consecrated in November 1993. The statues of the other eight great disciples, namely Mahakassapa, Subhuti, Punna, Mahakaccana, Anuruddha, Upali, Rahula and Ananda, were consecrated in March 1996. The ten statues are made of sandstone from Chunar, near Benares - the same material as was used for the Great Buddha Statue.
Seeing the Great Buddha Statue and the Statues of Ten Great Disciples, worshipers familiar with the Lotus Sutra might recall a scene in Chapter 1 - the scene of Buddha surrounded by a large audience, including the Ten Great Disciples, on the summit of Gridhakuta mountain.
It is indeed a moment of mysterious tranquility, in which Buddha is just about to begin preaching the truth: the Lotus Sutra.
The Great Buddha turns damask when the sun rises in the east, and the tuft of
white hair between his eyebrows bears a golden glow. The view almost represents
the world of the Lotus Sutra, which begins with the scene in which a ray of
light, emitted from the tuft of white hair between Buddha's eyebrows,
illuminated all the eighteen thousand worlds in the east and made all sentient
beings visible from this world.
|PXVV||Dispatching of Daijokyo missionaries to India commenced|
|PXWR||Shakado completed (completion ceremony attended by then-President Zail Singh)|
|PXWT||Daijokyo Vocational School founded|
|PXWW||Buddhist House completed|
|PXWX||Consecration of the Great Buddha Statue (consecration ceremony attended by the 14th Dalai Lama)|
|Consecration of the Statues of Ten Great Disciples of Buddha|
|PXXW||Ananda School founded in Miyabigha village|
|QOOO||Daijokyo Health Care Centre (for free distribution of medicines) opened in Sujata village|
|QOOP||Consecration of the Statue of Daijokyo Founder Tatsuko Sugiyama|
|QOOS||Received a commemorative gift from Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam, President of
India, at the International Conclave on Buddhism and Spiritual Tourism
held in New Delhi (see photograph), for contribution to the promotion of
Buddhism in India