Framed poster - Leshan Giant Buddha - China - Buddhism
Framed poster - Leshan Giant Buddha - China
Authors Notes - Raul: Note the small size of the people in front of the image!
Why the GIANT Buddhas and Maha-Nirvana?
Notes by the author - Raul:
The Buddha was a saint (Arhat) that was determined NOT to be reborn as a Humanagain (he had recalled billions of former lives after his 2-year fasting...). When he 'dropped' the body - after passing thru all stages of mediation and concentration - he finally dissolved his consciousness into Maha Nirvana.
This is way beyond sensory and mental stages - but some call it the 'Glory of God' or simply the Infinite. In this stage the mind resolves into a glorious experience of infinite rays and there is no way to return to a 'small body-mind' after this.
It is an immeasurable space bigger than the physical or astronomic universe - beyond space and time, body and mind. It is also way beyond experiences of infinite love or happiness. Thus the GIANT Buddha.
Note: In Buddhism the Buddha is the final aim and example, both an historical being and a final state of liberation, the Dhamma is Truth and the teachings and Sangha are the monks or spiritual aspirants as a group together.
The Leshan Giant Buddha:
The Leshan Giant Buddha is a 71-metre tall stone statue, built between 713 and 803, depicting Maitreya. It is carved out of a cliff face of Cretaceous red bed sandstones that lies at the confluence of the Min River and Dadu River in the southern part of Sichuan province in China, near the city of Leshan.
Where Leshan Giant Buddha was built is a joint point of three rivers. Many boats and ships crashed there due to the turbulent flow. So a Buddhist monk named Haitong decided to build the giant to reduce the turbulence and serve as a striking sign to help the passing boats and ships avoid crashing. Its construction started in 713 and took 91 years to finish. Thus there are better views from the river.
According to Buddhist tradition, Maitreya is a Bodhisattva (Buddha of Compassion) who will appear on Earth in the future, achieve complete enlightenment, and teach the pure dharma. According to scriptures, Maitreya will be a successor to the present ()age) Buddha, Gautama Buddha (also known as Śākyamuni Buddha).
How to get there: Kerstin Baumgaertel - Local Guide There is a train directly from the airport. It will take you about an hour... From the train station there is a bus which will bring you to the entrance of the Giant Buddha Park. It's all very easy and well organized. People will also help you - google Lehsan Buddha in Mandarin and keep it on your phone in case you don't meet anyone with a bit of English.
Framed poster, printed on thick, durable, matte paper. The matte black frame that's made from wood from renewable forests.
• Alder, semi-hardwood frame • Black .75” thick frame • Acrylite front protector • Lightweight • Hanging hardware included