[rp-ml] RP Buddha Statue to be part of Relic Tour

From: Alair Emory (alaire@javelin3d.com)
Date: Tue Mar 08 2005 - 18:33:27 EET

Dear List:

A few years back my company built two very large (20 foot) Buddha
Statues for the Maitreya Project. These statues were reverse
engineered from a 4-foot hand sculpted statue and then the CAD model
was built using a developmental RP system pioneered by Dr. Charles
Thomas at the U of U. This system used 1/4" foam sheets and a water
jet system to allow one to build 4 foot by five sections using RP
technology. One statue was sent to a Buddhist Center in California and
the other was shipped to India.

One of the statues that we built will now be included in a Buddhist
Relics tour that is scheduled to tour the world through 2008 as they
begin the building of the 500 foot statue that they have plans for in
India. I have included below the organization's press release about
the kick-off of this event in Salt Lake City, UT on March 18. If
anyone is interested in a jpeg of either the rendering of the RE file
that we created or the picture of the 20 foot model before it was
shipped to California - please email me directly and I will send it to

I thought that since this tour is international, list members outside
of the US may get to see this very large example of rapid prototyping.
Please see the organization's release below.

Alair Emory
Senior Partner
Javelin3D, LLC
533 S 700 E
Salt Lake City, Utah 84102
ph. 801.466.5518
fx. 801.363.6376
"Contract Research, Medical Modeling, Rapid Prototyping, Product Design"
For More Info: www.javelin3d.com

> Dates March 18, 19 & 20, 2005
> Times Friday 7pm Opening Ceremony
> Saturday & Sunday 10am to 5pm each day
> Venue Wat Dhammagunaram, 644 E 1000 North (Gordon Ave), Layton UT
> 84041-4220
> Contact Roberta Chase, telephone 801 966 0639
> Entrance No entrance charge, donations welcome
> A precious collection of sacred relics of the Buddha and many other
> Buddhist masters, currently touring the world, is stopping briefly in
> Utah.
> Relics are beautiful pearl-like crystals found among the cremation
> ashes of the Buddha. They are deliberately produced and embody the
> deceased master’s spiritual qualities of compassion and wisdom.
> To view a relic is extremely rare as normally relics are permanently
> enshrined inside statues and stupas and are rarely made available for
> public viewing, much less taken out of their resident countries.
> Visitors report experiences of inspiration and healing while in the
> presence of the relics. Some people are inspired to pray for world
> peace and to develop their inner wisdom.
> The relics are clearly visible inside display cases that encircle a
> life-size, golden statue of the Maitreya Buddha. Throughout the event,
> there will be Blessing Ceremonies – the relics of Buddha are gently
> placed on the crown of the visitor’s head for a personal blessing.
> When the Tour finishes, the Relics will be enshrined in a 500ft golden
> statue of Maitreya Buddha in northern India. Maitreya is the future
> Buddha known as the Buddha of loving-kindness.
> Building the statue itself is not the main goal – the purpose is to
> inspire an open, kind heart. When people see the giant Maitreya statue
> on TV or visit the statue, they will reflect on what it means to have
> a good heart. It will be a symbol of faith for millions all over the
> world. His Holiness the Dalai Lama has said:-
> “ This Project is really wonderful and is the result of great
> courage and determination, and from the depths of my heart I
> appreciate and applaud this wonderful Project. You should realize that
> this is a very holy and sacred Project.”

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