In 1997, His Holiness’s Singaporean sponsor, Mr. Felix Lim Ah Yeong (the son-in-law of the legendary Mr. Aw Boon Haw, founder of the famous “Tiger Balm” oilment, Haw Par Village and newspapers Sin Chew Daily), offered to sponsor for His Holiness a gigantic bronze Buddha statue of 35meter, made in Nanjing. His Holiness and his parents donated their life savings to purchase gold for mixing with the bronze material used for making the statue. They had also engaged the royal sculptor of Bhutan to ensure the statue would be made according to the Sutra, because these days most of the statues are not made according to the holy texts. This is ensure the statue of Buddha Amitabha, the Buddha of Boundless Light, will grant enormous blessing at sight.
The statue was initially intended to be installed at Druk Amitabha Mountain in Kathmandu, Nepal. However, because of strong objection from the aviation authority, permission was not granted. The completed gigantic statue was stored in Nanjing since 2002, as if waiting for the perfect karmic conditions to ripen.