I like Big Buddha and I cannot lie
You other dieties can’t deny
That when a Buddha walks in with a big o waist
And a serene look on his face
You get spru…
Okay, enough of that.
What I’m trying to say, inspired by two of the great motivational figures of all time – Buddha and Sir Mix-a-Lot – is that I never get enough of seeing Big Buddhas. No other religion makes giant statues of its profit quite like the Buddhists. Sure, Christians sometimes plant giant crosses atop hills and Christ the Redeemer towers over Rio, but Christians never had the commitment to spend 80 years carving Jesus into the side of a cliff like the Chinese did in Leshan. The tallest Ganesh in the world is merely six-stories tall, a tiny little toy for the biggest Buddhas. Islam forbids showing images of Mohammed.
It seems that everywhere I go in Asia, I run into Big Buddhas, and perhaps part of the fun is the buzz of activity in the temples. Mosques are usually closed to the public, churches are usually open but quiet, but Buddhist temples, especially in Southeast Asia, wear may hats, from food court to market to meeting space to religious center. I never feel intrusive when I visit with my camera, and Big Buddha, no matter how round his booty, is never camera shy.
Big Buddha Photos
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Anyone else out there who likes Big Buddha?
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