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Postby tiltbillings » Mon Nov 11, 2013 5:47 am

This being is bound to samsara, kamma is his means for going beyond.
SN I, 38.

Ar scáth a chéile a mhaireas na daoine.
People live in one another’s shelter.

dheamhan a fhios agam

"We eat cold eels and think distant thoughts." -- Jack Johnson

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Re: Really big

Postby Sam Vara » Mon Nov 11, 2013 10:10 am

Some really interesting structures there. My favourite is the huge solid stone Tang Dynasty Buddha. It has a real emotional charge.

It's good to see Buddhism beating even Soviet megalomania and nationalism into second place, but there is part of me that feels uneasy with this. It's a long way from Ajahn Chah saying that one's practice should emulate the humility of an earthworm...

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Re: Really big

Postby dharmagoat » Mon Nov 11, 2013 10:37 am

Sam Vara wrote:It's a long way from Ajahn Chah saying that one's practice should emulate the humility of an earthworm...

It would be difficult to raise the funds to build a 400ft earthworm.

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Re: Really big

Postby David N. Snyder » Mon Nov 11, 2013 5:38 pm

Beautiful statues. Interesting that most are Buddhist (Guan-yin or Buddha or Amitabha); not many super-large statues of Jesus apparently. Buildings and statues are an interest of mine. I like the architecture and art and if it inspires some to practice, it can be good. However, certainly a large structure for meditating would be more efficient use of funds, for example, Goenka-ji's large Global Vipassana Pagoda which can hold some 8,000 meditators.

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Re: Really big

Postby reflection » Mon Nov 11, 2013 5:43 pm

This is funny considering the Buddha is supposed to have said to not make images of him, didn't he? :anjali:

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Re: Really big

Postby David N. Snyder » Mon Nov 11, 2013 6:05 pm

reflection wrote:This is funny considering the Buddha is supposed to have said to not make images of him, didn't he? :anjali:


I think that is a common misconception. I don't think the Buddha ever said that. The first representations of the Buddha-Dhamma were footprints or the Dhamma Wheel, but not due to any rule.

The closest thing and maybe the cause of the misconception is one story where a monk admired the Buddha so much and just liked watching him. The Buddha advised him to admire the Dhamma (or something like that) and to show admiration by practicing.


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