I respect all religions. I like to visit old churches in Europe and like to see old temples in Taiwan and China. I believe all religions are good to the world, unless someone distorts its spirit and meanings.
We went to a Buddhist Scenic Park last Sunday. More than 1,300 years ago, there was a popular Buddha temple in Lingshan Mountain. However, after the rampage of wars and culture revolution, this cultural heritage was damaged. The government rebuilt this place in 1994 and reopened it to the public. They added some more statues and "Buddha Palace". After visiting the place, I feel that nowadays Lingshan Buddha Park is of more artistic value than its religious value. The interesting thing is that in traditional Chinese Buddha center, there was no "palace", but we saw one of the major scenic spot called "Buddha Palace"(pictures will be shown in next post). And the instruction in our ticket and in their official website only emphasized the size of the place and statues but did not mention any origin of the idea of the "palace" and some of the "foreign-looked statues". I don't feel comfortable about someone using other's idea without mentioning it. To my knowledge, I think the idea of the "Palace" was from Hindu (India). Traditional Chinese Buddha buildings are temples not palaces. And the fact that Buddhism originate from India can't be denied. Moreover, a Buddha Park or any religious center usually should be built by the followers not built and operated by the government. But to make myself feel comfortable with this visit, I treated the park as a museum of Buddhist Art, Culture and Architecture, instead of a pure religious center. And because the place was built by the government, we can see how rich the government is to build such a spectacular place to attract so many visitors. So I had enjoyed the trip and like to share many pictures we took in this visit.
On the top of the Sculptured Pillar, is a Baby Buddha covered by lotus leaves.
Nine Dragons around the Sculptured Pillar( will eject water to bath the baby Buddha)
The lotus on the top is open.
Baby Buddha turns 360 degree around while Nine Dragons are bathing him.
After the bathing show, drinking water will flow out through the fire bird's peak.
Visitors line up to gather "purified" water.
Buddhist Scriptures written on the Cylinders on the side way.
When visitors touch and turn the Cylinders, that means they read the Scriptures.
Sculptures of Vanquishing Demons and attaining the Enlightenment
According to the costumes and layouts, the sculptures are more like Hindu style than traditional Chinese style.
Statue of One hundred kids teasing Maitreya.
Maitreya is a happy Buddha representing Wealth and Fortune.
The biggest Buddha's Right Palm in the world.
Touching the palm will brings you longevity.
The more than 1,400 year-old Gingko Tree
Now, Ready to Climb up to the Biggest Buddha?
We sent Richy to climb up and take this picture.
There are Buddhist Cultural exhibitions in the hall under the footbase of the Grand Buddha.
Buddha scriptures and the 500 hundred Disciples
To be continued~