Tulsa Buddhists seek to erect statue of goddess
By KEVIN CANFIELD World Staff Writer
Published: 3/8/2009  10:13 AM
Last Modified: 3/8/2009  2:49 PM


The church steeples that rise into the sky throughout Tulsa could soon have company.

Plans are under way to erect a 49-foot-tall granite statue of the Buddhist goddess Quan Am on the grounds of the Tam-Bao Buddhist Temple, 16933 E. 21st St. The statue will stand on an 8-foot foundation.

The only thing standing in the way is the Board of Adjustment’s approval of the temple’s application to amend its previously approved site plan. The case will be heard March 24.

“It is our wish to have the statue put on the land, not only to benefit the Buddhist members but to attract more Americans who are interested in Buddhism, and it will beautify the city as well,” said temple member Xuan Pham.

Pham said Quan Am, which is the Vietnamese name for the Buddhist goddess known as Kuan Yin in Chinese, is considered a mother figure and is a symbol of love, compassion, understanding and listening. Statues of Quan Am are common at Vietnamese and Chinese Buddhist temples, she said.

Read the complete story in Monday's Tulsa World.

By KEVIN CANFIELD World Staff Writer