It’s not easy being green.

Unless, of course, you’re the world’s largest Buddha carved from gemstone-quality jade, then the world will beat a path to your door.

Or, until Sunday, to the parking lot of a Mississauga Buddhist temple on Traders Boulevard where the $5 million Jade Buddha for Universal Peace has been attracting worshippers.

Thousands are expected to gather around the 4-tonne statue Saturday night at a candlelight vigil for peace that will also mark the 10th anniversary of the Phap Van Vietnamese Buddhist Cultural Centre.

Accompanying the statue on its world tour, which began two years ago in Vietnam and will last at least another five years, is Ian Green, chairman of a temple being built in Australia and the statue’s final home.

He said the statue was carved in Thailand from a giant jade boulder found in B.C. in 2000. His spiritual master believed that the Buddha could foster peace.

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