Ksitigarbha Boddhisattva

The giant statue of Bodhisattva Ksitigarbhais located on left corner side of the temple premises which is in total 33 feet tall, the staff is 42 meters tall and it was imported from Taiwan. The lap is 12 meters wide.

Ksiti means “earth” and Garbha means “Store”. Earth symbolizes the ground where all beings rely and live whereas store signifies a treasure house, or a depository for treasures. This Bodhisattva possesses extensive loving-kindness and compassion. All sentient beings can, hence, rely on this savior and nurture the humankind’s noble qualities, just like beings rely on the earth for living. Moreover, this Bodhisattva owns unlimited treasure of Dharmas that can save and nourish every troubled and impoverished sentient being, due to unfulfilled dreams, careers, famine, disease, wars, etc. Thus, he is named the Bodhisattva Ksitigarbha.

 Ksitigarbha is one of the 8 principal bodhisattvasknown in East Asian Mahayana Buddhism. Manjushri, Avalokitesvara, Vajrapani, Sarva-nirvarana-vishkambhi, Akashagarbha, Samantabhadra, and Maitreya, are the other remaining 7 Bodhisattvas.

Kshitigarbha has a deep relationship with beings of the earth – humans, and especially with the hungry ghosts and hell beings. This is mainly because these ghosts and hell beings are the most difficult to rise into a more fortunate condition due to their previous unwholesome actions. Thus Kshitigarbha has been known as the Teacher of the Dark Regions because of his past vow to save them all.

Sakyamuni Buddha entrusted Bodhisattva Ksitigarbha the responsibility of continuing to save people after the Buddha himself passed away. During this period humans and other living beings have no Buddha to guide them on the path to enlightenment until the next Buddha, Maitreya, who will appear on earth several thousand years from now. Thus Sakyamuni Buddha entrusted Ksitigarbha to shoulder the responsibility of relieving people from their worries and guiding them to enlightenment.

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